Galatians 5:1 – September 23, 2018

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NABRE     

In the fifth chapter of the Letter to the Galatians Paul addressed the law of the old covenant moving toward a new covenant. The first followers of Jesus were Jewish followers who already followed the Law of Moses. Paul speaks to a new way, a covenant that is much simpler to understand although maybe more difficult to follow. In the old covenant there are Ten Commandments and six hundred and thirteen laws attributed to Moses. When Jesus made a new covenant he informed that the greatest commandments are to love God and love one another. Ultimately he said we must love one another as he has loved us. We know he gave everything for us. So we are set free from the law and no longer have to live as slaves, we just need to love. Paul does warn not to submit to the yoke of slavery, in other words do not use our freedom for sin, for temptation of the flesh; being prideful, unjustified anger, arguing, jealousy, pornography, uncommitted sex, gossip, gluttony, and more, all things that can become habit and take away our freedom. Rather we should serve others, and love one another so that by putting others first we are truly exercising freedom as Christ who set us free.

In his new book, “Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World” @andy_stanley discusses old and new covenant in detail. The old covenant made first with Abraham and then with the nation of Israel. Jesus introduces a new covenant with each of us, so we may be free, set free by Christ. His book is worth a read to go deeper into this topic. In the end we are challenged to make the church irresistible again, as irresistible as it was when Jesus was walked.

Do you know how to live freely as Paul suggest? Are you able to be completely free from sin?

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