Freedom vs. Bondage

Galatians 4:21-31

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

 

The Main Features in the Analogy by Paul in Galatians 4:21-27

(Genesis 16:1-6 and 21:1-13)

Hagar is the bond woman Sarah is the free woman
Ishmael was born naturally Isaac was born supernaturally
The old covenant The new covenant
The earthly Jerusalem The heavenly Jerusalem
Judaism Christianity

 

  • Your identity as a child of promise is based upon your personal faith in the finished work of Christ.   4:28, 31
  • Your struggle in living as a child of promise can come from those who live according to the flesh and try to undermine your confidence in the work of Christ.  4:29
  • Your responsibility as a child of promise is to deal radically with threats to your freedom in Christ and the gospel of grace. 4:30

Application:

  • Do you know you are accepted by God by faith in Christ and that you are not accepted and loved based on what you do?
  • Is there someone who is pulling you down with their rules and expectations that are not biblical that you need to separate from?  Have you bought into rules and regulations instead of a personal ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ?
  • Have you allowed others to discourage you in your walk with Christ by making it legalistic instead of relational?

Memorize: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

 

Main Idea:  We are able to live in true freedom as a Christ follower when we focus on our identity in Christ and all that He has accomplished for us.