For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Galatians 5:1 & 13-15
I have been venturing through the book of Galatians in my personal studies and have found two overarching themes that Paul is trying to convey to the Galatians: life is lived by faith in God and freedom is found where God is. Paul repeatedly hammers these two ideas into the Galatians. This church really struggled with returning back to the Law, which ultimately put them back into bondage.
The idea of freedom is fresh on our minds as we have just passed the Fourth of July – a great reminder of our freedom that we have here in America. As great as our freedom is in this country, it doesn’t even compare to the freedom found in Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only remedy for our ill, broken souls. For we have racked up an entire life of sin that is worthy of the punishment of God. Yet, in God’s mercy – Christ, being fully obedient to the Father – submits His life unto death for the sake of sinners.
“Sin will have no dominion over you, for you not under law but under grace…” (Romans 6:14) – the greatest freedom is found in the deep mystery of the Gospel. The reality of sin will still be prevalent in your life until you die – but the curse, the slavery, the shame of sin is gone. What can condemn you? Sin? No – for all your sins were future sins when Christ went to the Cross. He saw your shame, your guilt, your transgressions, your stumbling, your falling and said, “I want that man in my family.” So, rejoicing in this – may we live our lives in light of the Gospel of Christ – savoring, enjoying Christ while at the same time extending grace, forgiveness and mercy towards others.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.