North Anderson Baptist Church
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Let me briefly summarize the study of Galatians we called “Our Charter of Christian Freedom.” We have seen how Paul talks to the Galatians about the Law and the Judaizers who were trying to get them back into the trap of being under the law and through circumcision, returning to the obligations of the law rather than the freedom in Christ that all Christians have. He has spoken of the faith believers have in Christ and that faith does not need to be misplaced and given to another idea or concept that does not place the Lord Jesus first in one’s life. Paul says because of the power of God and the person of the Holy Spirit in us, He can use us through the gifts He gives us and then each of us can bring glory to the Father. Because of the presence of God we are free from sin through the saving power of the blood of Jesus and that we should strive to live in and by the Spirit and not walk in the flesh.

The Galatians were deserting Christ and following another gospel, a false gospel. Only the Gospel of Christ has the power of God unto salvation both for the Jew and the Gentile. Paul also shared the fruit of the Spirit and told how one could choose to follow the flesh or to walk in the Spirit. And in this last chapter, he has spoken of carrying the burdens of our brother and helping those who are fallen to sin. We learned last week that we can not mock God and that what we sow we will reap, whether it is to the flesh or to the Spirit. Our God is a great God and His mercies are new day by day.
In ending his letter to these brothers throughout the province of Galatia, Paul decides to personally make his mark on this letter. Where he would normally dictate the words of the letter, like he did in the first 6 chapters of this letter, he now decides to take up the pen in his own hand and writes the last few words himself. “Large letters” refer possibly to the fact that his eyes were so bad that he had to write that way for him to see what he had written.
He wastes no time letting the readers know that those who are trying to influence them won’t stop. The Judaizers wanted their trophies of Christians so that they could brag. Paul says they wanted to brag about their getting Christians to “go back” under the law. For them, they wanted to stay with the thought that you have to be a Jew and follow the Law before you could become a Christian because they wanted to avoid being persecuted for being just a Christian and leaving Judaism. They will not accept Paul’s true Gospel because they are afraid to stand on the truth. He has constantly said that these men are hypocrites anyway because they break the very law that they say is their life. They want to boast about getting Christians circumcised so they can stand out for those who follow them and those who follow the law of Moses. There are those who want to “eschew” the truth found in the words of Jesus and His disciples or just not follow the truth at all.
The Bible is our practice of faith! We can’t pick and choose which part we follow and which we don’t. There are hypocrites among us too but they need to get right with the Lord God or face judgement.
On the other hand, Paul says, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” What a great statement by the greatest Christian who ever lived. To boast in the cross meant to what? To tell of the wonder, the grace, the forgiveness and the love of God seen at the cross. Paul told all about the cross wherever he went. Because of the cross Paul now is set free from the rules of the law which once bound him and kept him from seeing the person of Jesus clearly.
He now clearly says something he had been trying to get the Galatians to understand and that was he was crucified to himself and the world to him. Remember Galatians 2:20,
When one becomes a “New Creation” those old things mean nothing to you anymore. First, it is an inward change of heart and of mind when Christ comes into one’s life, but then second, it is the obvious outward change in behavior and lifestyle that brings all glorify and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul said that circumcision or uncircumcision meant nothing to him. Friends, there are a lot of people who want you to spend time and energy on stuff that doesn’t matter, but don’t take the bait, spend time with the Lord Jesus and sharing His love, His cross and resurrection and the love of God which provides for us our eternal home in heaven. You may be tempted to go overboard with some idea in the scripture or the Blood Moons or the Revelation or other books of prophecies of the end time but be careful and watch out what takes up your time. Notice, Paul says that those who follow his recommendation will receive peace and mercy from God Himself. Paul wanted none of the converts in the province of Galatia to turn back into the slavery of the law again. A prisoner who is freed from his cell does not go back and lock himself up. That is not reasonable. So it is not reasonable for the believer to return to the law and give up his freedom in Christ.
Let me close this study of Galatians by speaking of the last two verses. Evidently there were still people trying to cause trouble and hardship for Paul as he sought to share the Gospel with all people. Paul had already been persecuted, beaten and stoned to death in his days of sharing the Gospel plus so much more and he was calling on those who loved him to stand by him now and not to let those who sought to harm him get to him.

Speaking to brothers in Christ, Paul once again called for the grace of God, that unmerited favor to fall on them and bless them. Don’t let yourself or anyone else to “drag” you back into the captivity of sin, something from your past that you found freedom from in Christ. The world and satan desires to keep you from having the peace of God that comes with following God freely in the forgiveness and cleanse from sin.

Invitation

Rededicate, recommit your life to following Christ with all your are so that your life will bring honor and glory to Jesus.  Take this time right now to do that as I quietly close the service.
Spend time with Jesus now, face to face, confessing sin and committing yourself to Him once again.
Consider today of becoming a part of this church family, allow God to lead you to serve His church here and to be involved with this body of believers.
Today is the day of Salvation!  Listen to God say to you, “I love you! I endured death for you, but have risen from the dead to live within you forever.  You will never have to be alone. Won’t you receive me into your life and heart this morning.”

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Invitation

Rededicate, recommit your life to following Christ with all your are so that your life will bring honor and glory to Jesus.  Take this time right now to do that as I quietly close the service.
Spend time with Jesus now, face to face, confessing sin and committing yourself to Him once again.
Consider today of becoming a part of this church family, allow God to lead you to serve His church here and to be involved with this body of believers.
Today is the day of Salvation!  Listen to God say to you, “I love you! I endured death for you, but have risen from the dead to live within you forever.  You will never have to be alone. Won’t you receive me into your life and heart this morning.”

http://www.northandersonbaptist.com