A Life That is Free in Christ

Sermon: 1/20/2019

What Does A Life That is Free in Christ Look Like?

Text: Galatians 4

1. Okay with God's Timing

Galatians 4:1-5 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

  • God's plan for salvation is many magnitudes of order longer than your lifespan.
  • Bondage is what you try to do before God does it.

2. A Heart Filled with His Spirit

Galatians 4:6-7 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

  • A free heart is filled with God's Spirit.
  • A free heart cries out "Abba, Father!" for its daddy.

3. Rejecting the Former Weakness and the New Pride

Galatians 4:8-11 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.

Two Ends of the Spectrum to Avoid:

  • Holding to the vestiges of your religious heritage that aren't in the Bible. You are in bondage to the weak and beggarly elements.
  • Proudly parading your new "liberty" and sinning with each step. You are in bondage to bitterness.

4. Laboring for the Gospel

Galatians 4:12-15 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

  • The Greek text suggests that Paul would never have preached to Galatia if he didn't have an infirmity.
  • Even in his infirmity, Paul found a way and a people to whom he could preach the Gospel.

5. Like Christ Towards Enemies and Competitors

Galatians 4:16-18 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

  • Enemies come when you speak the truth.
  • Paul had no problem with "competitors" preaching and affecting the Galatians.

6. Patient and Longsuffering

Galatians 4:19-20 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

  • Paul was willing to go through the pains of seeing Christ formed in them again after already having done it.