We are continuing our brief look at several major themes in the book of Galatians. We’re getting ready to take about a fifteen-hour flight to Jeju Island, Korea, to teach students at the Word of Life Bible Institute.
I’m certainly learning a lot about this book. And I hope you are as well. The next theme that comes in this great epistle is the theme of freedom! We see in verse 1 of chapter five that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”! Free from what? Free from trying to justify ourselves by our pathetic efforts to keep God’s law!
Note that the verse doesn’t say “It is for Himself that Christ has set us free.” It is for FREEDOM! What should be the experience of FREEDOM for the believer?
As servants of the Savior we are free from the yoke of slavery of keeping the whole law (v. 3). We seek to be obedient because we love the Lord, not because our obedience saves us! Putting ourselves under the law in a salvation-sense means: (1) we have been alienated from Christ!; and (2) we have fallen from grace (v. 4)! Those are certainly not two consequences that I want in my life! How about you?