DEFENDING LIBERTY

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” — Galatians 5:1

 

When Paul heard the news that the Galatians were being pressured by a select few who were intimidating the believers to return back to the constraints of the law, he (Paul) shot off a letter to the Galatians, #1, Reminding them that they were under grace and #2 Refuting those who were subtly coming into the church to sow discord among the brethren, namely, by suggesting that the grace and teachings of the Apostle Paul were wrong and unscriptural.

Sadly, what had occurred nearly 2,000 years ago by those Judaizers of Paul’s day, are once again appearing among many within the flock and once again attempting to do the same thing – forcing the church to return back to the law. My answer to those who attempt such is this – they must be silenced. Not by physical force, that is not our way – but by the word.

As it was in Paul’s day, we have many who have come into the camp to spy out our liberty we have in Christ. This compelling and intoxicating spirit of bondage has griped many, deceiving them to accept something which has literally been fulfilled at the cross. They spy out our liberty when it comes to food and drink, they spy out our liberty concerning what days we worship our creator and what days we don’t, they spy out certain holidays in which we celebrate our risen savior such as Christmas. They spy and spy and for one purpose – to accuse the church of violating the law. But had they understood the cross and its meaning, they would have understood that through and by the cross we have done nothing of ourselves to warrant freedom, just only through faith, by believing. That’s the sticking point – faith.

Judaizers refuse and reject true liberty which does not produce a series of steps one must to to have salvation, they demand obedience to the law to its fullest extent. But Paul said otherwise; “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be JUSTIFIED by the faith of Christ, and not by the WORKS of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16

What were the works of the law that was demanded on the nation of Israel before the atonement (the cross)? The law demanded many rituals, namely when it came to dress, foods to eat, and days or days to worship. The law demanded a sacrificial act to satisfy the confinements of sin within the person, which meant the blood of a lamb, bull or goat had to be shed upon the altar for the peoples sins. From eating pork to not observing pagan days or holidays, the people during Moses’ day walked in strict obedience to the letter of the law, but it could not redeem, it only could keep the person from God’s eternal wrath. But then came Christ, who fulfilled the law perfectly, doing what we could not do – becoming the perfect sacrificial lamb.

Yet, religion is not content with our liberty, religion hates liberty and because of that liberty we have through Christ, many have come into our midst to destroy the work of the cross and once again try to bring about spiritual bondage upon the believer. They are servants of the law and as such, they ultimately are slaves to bondage. Thus, they are spies, people who have ultimately despised our freedom in Christ and wish our spiritual bondage as well. But we must not go.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal.3:13) by taking the penalty of the law, it’s rituals and requirements when it came to observances to days, foods and/or festival days outside the nation of Israel, and Christ took that curse upon himself so we did not have to. That is why Deut. 21:22-23 says, “Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree”.

The law and all its rituals are no longer needed (Gal. 3:24). Why, because we keep the law, which is now written upon our hearts by and through Jesus Christ, not by DOING something, or OBSERVING something, but simply by doing one thing – love. Loving our Father in heaven, how? By keeping our faith in Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross, allowing the Holy Spirit now to guide us and direct us. Notice in Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith.” Notice that the law’s new purpose is for one thing and one thing only – to bring us to Christ, to the cross. Then it (the law) ends and liberty begins.

But why so much animosity toward the believer who walks in true liberty? The answer is simple, religion always contends against something it no longer has any control over. When those who walk in religion see others walking in perfect liberty and freedom, it brings about a hostile spirit toward those individuals who are walking in grace – why? Because those bound in religion continue to attempt to DO something in order to satisfy the debt which has already been paid, that’s the #1 reason those who reject liberty hate the atoning work of the cross, because it forces them to realize that all of their efforts are futile because they are attempting to satisfy thru their own efforts of something (the law) which has been fulfilled. People love to earn something, they love to work for something and it becomes a burden to their spirit, because they have been conditioned throughout life that in order to achieve something (in this case favor with God) they must work for it. Thus, why they return back to law, which Paul strictly said we cannot do.

That is why Paul says in Galatians 5:1 ” Stand fast therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith Christ has made us FREE, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (the law).”  Paul further made his point clear in Galatians 5:7 “You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?” Paul was referring to false teachers who were attempting to pull the Galatians away from the cross to other things – namely the law. The same is occurring today within many churches. But we cannot return back to the very thing which hindered our walk.

There are many voices which raise in our day and many try to divert the work of grace within the life of a believer and they do so by condemning other believers simply because they walk in liberty because of the cross, but notice Romans 8:1 makes it clear that there is now NO condemnation to the believer who is in Christ Jesus, who walks not after the flesh (meaning they try to walk according to other things, like the law and obediences) but walk after the spirit – the spirit of liberty because of the cross.

So when someone tells you that by celebrating a holiday (like Christmas) or not observing the Sabbath or by eating certain types of foods once prohibited but are now clean, realize that they are spies, sent forth by the spirit of religion who are trying to once again bring you under bondage to the confinements of the law, reject them and leave them be, for they must be silenced and rejected. Colossians 2:16 makes it clear that no man can judge another believer based on their liberty in Christ – ever. So walk in the liberty which has been paid for you on the cross and be free!

Christopher

 

 

Comments
  1. new2torah says:

    Wow. Would love for you to come on my YouTube channel and debate this issue in front of my subscribers. Invitation is always open. Blessings!

    Zac

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