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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings Your Lost Friend Doesn’t Have . . . And What You Can Do About It! (Part 34)

The believer in Jesus has many blessings! And one of the reasons to have unsaved friends (in addition to our Savior being a friend of sinners) is that we are able to count the many gifts and advantages that we have in Christ which our lost friends don’t yet have.

And I’m pretty sure that Mike — and my other unsaved friends —

34. THEY DON’T HAVE THE GIFT OF TRUE FREEDOM!

Freedom in Scripture is not the right to do what I want, but the power to do what I should. As one writer put it, “Man’s first duty is not to find freedom, but a Master!” Trusting Christ as one’s Savior brings an incredible freedom which the world can only counterfeit. Jesus promised, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Much of the epistle to the Galatians emphasizes the freedom the believer has in Christ. We read in Galatians 5, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Man Breaking Chains GIFs | TenorThe Messiah was prophesied as one who would provide freedom for those who believed in Him. We read of this prophecy in Isaiah 42 and hear Jesus apply those words to Himself in Luke 4: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free . . .”

The Psalmist understood freedom and proclaimed: “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45). Even creation itself longs God Creation by conbagui on DeviantArtfor the freedom that is promised, as we read in Romans 8- “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”

The believer can come to God, as Ephesians says, “with freedom and confidence” (3:12). Paul makes it clear as he thinks about his freedom in Christ — “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.” (I Cor. 10:23).

Psalm 18 says, “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.” (vv. 19 & 36)

So, how do I pray for my unsaved friend? We read in 2 Corinthians 3, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (v. 17). My lost friend doesn’t have the Spirit because he doesn’t have the Savior. And I can pray for a God-given freedom from his sins. (to be continued)

 

 

 
 

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Pastor John Piper on Halloween! (Reprise)

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Risks)

 
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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Choices)

 
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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Freedom)

 
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PLEASE watch this short video — Proud to be an American!

With all the presidential election rancor, and our country tragically divided, we desperately need a song like this!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2020 in patriotism

 

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Pastor John Piper on Halloween!

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Posted by on October 31, 2020 in Halloween

 

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“I want to live that unleashed life!” (Time for a great commercial)


I love Logo’s response: “LET’S BAR-BE-QUE!”

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2019 in commercials

 

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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 5 Part 1)

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Galatians

 

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One Hundred Questions about the Book of GALATIANS! (Ch. 4)

I’ve never been to Korea!  My sister-in-law said when she first went to Disneyland, “This is the first time I’ve never been here!”  I’m looking forward to that week in June when I get to teach the book of Galatians!  Word of Life Korea is the venue.

We’re asking a bunch of questions about this amazing epistle.  Let’s pose some interrogatories (my Mom would have been proud of my use of that word) about chapter 4:

Sixteen Questions about Galatians chapter four:
1. How is an heir like a slave (vv. 1-2)?
2. What is meant, do you think, by “the elemental spiritual forces of the world” (v. 3)?
3. Verses 4-5 are incredible! This “set time” — what made the time Jesus entered His own world the right time?
4. Galatians has a great deal to say about “the law,” doesn’t it? What’s meant by “born under the law” in verse 4?
5. What are two benefits of the Son’s coming into the world for the believer (v. 5)?
6. This epistle has a LOT to say about God the Holy Spirit. What do we learn about the Spirit here in verse 6?
7. There are two stages to a person’s life — what are they (vv. 8-9)?
8. Why is being “known by God” more important to Paul than knowing God (v. 9)?
9. What’s wrong with the observance of special days and months (v. 10)?
10. What do we learn about Paul’s “illness” in this chapter? Could this be related to his “thorn in the flesh” in 2 Corinthians 12?
11. If childbirth were up to men, the world’s population would be so much smaller! How does Paul use the labor/childbirth metaphor here (v. 19)?
12. We have the idea of “promise” brought up again in verses 23ff. Where has Paul talked about God’s promises in this epistle?
13. Put into your own words what Paul’s primary point seems to be with his Hagar and Sarah analogy (vv. 21ff).
14. What does Paul mean by “the Jerusalem the is above” (v. 26)?
15. I spent a week in Palestine recently, among the descendants of the “slave woman” (the Arabic people). There is so much conflict in the land between the Jews and the Arabs! How does this text help us in a spiritual sense (vv. 28-31).
16. Construct a chart contrasting the two women here in verses 21-31.

 

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2018 in Galatians

 

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