galatians 5:1 sermon

CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS THE LIBERTY OF LOVE. Chettle. All Christian duties are summed up there and enforced with the authority of One who taught not as the scribes and Pharisees, and who spake as never man spake (Matthew 22:37-40). The wretched state of the re-enslaved believer.(H. The gospel sets man free from a bondage beneath which a loving obedience is impossible, in order that, being free, he may serve God in the spirit of Christian liberty. Buck. The fruit will never make the root or the sap, but the root and the sap ensure the fruit. You are soldiers of Christ, and must stand fast — be valiant for the truth — and look to yourselves.(H. It may need pruning and guiding; but it can provide its own symmetry for itself. ).Stand fastJ. IN THE VOLUNTARY SERVICE OF GOD (Luke 1:74; 1 Timothy 1:9).II. Where these prevail, a nation is already free, and a liberty so founded will never degenerate into license. )Liberty from law unconscious obedienceH. 2. The soul of the old law is enshrined and quickened in the body of the new. Christian Freedom. )LinksGalatians 5:1 NIVGalatians 5:1 NLTGalatians 5:1 ESVGalatians 5:1 NASBGalatians 5:1 KJVGalatians 5:1 Bible AppsGalatians 5:1 ParallelGalatians 5:1 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:1 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:1 French BibleGalatians 5:1 German BibleGalatians 5:1 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)The wrath of God by faith in Christ (Hebrews 10:27; Romans 5:1). Paul declares, “For freedom Christ has set us free; standfast therefore, and do not submit to a yoke of slavery.” This verse is a capsule summary of the essential message of Galatians. The spirit, not the letter, of Sinai is met with again in the Sermon on the Mount. I am sure that steadfastness in these particular times has its value, and I urge you,, to it that the gospel which you have received, the gospel of the grace of God, you stand fast to as long as you live.(C. The awful possibility of losing this liberty, as testified(1)by Scripture;(2)by the history of the Church;(3)by observation;(4)by experience.3. Beecher. The boy will be free from the constraints of the shore life; but that very zest for seamanship which has won its freedom will be most likely to ensure the right use of that freedom. We shall certainly not be without law to God. Give it air and light; remove whatever confines and overshadows it. And when this is so, he may assure himself that the freedom will not be abused. Every one has a past which fetters him. The fruit will never make the root or the sap, but the root and the sap ensure the fruit. If there is no life, the removal of restraints will be of no use. Other boys, much wiser than he was, had gone and got out of the mischief. So also Christian liberty is best secured from abuse, not by the threat of penalties, or by an appeal to fear, but by the operation of those principles which lie at the foundation of Christian character. This, which to a child would seem strange, is due to the anchor that lies below the waters, and, grasping the solid ground with its iron arms, holds fast the boat. Although it is only four inches wide I can walk on it as well as I can on the rest of the pavement. But though it is important to get rid of all needless restraints, it is much more important that we should possess and train the powers for which the absence of restraint is demanded. Harding, M. A.1. You are soldiers of Christ, and must stand fast — be valiant for the truth — and look to yourselves.(H. When love has permeated the whole man, he then has perfect liberty — liberty of thought, liberty of speech, liberty of conduct. )Christian libertyEmilius Bayley, B. D.The apostle now enters upon the more practical part of the Epistle. You know the story of the boy who stood on the burning deck because his father said, "Stand there," and he could not come away. H. CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS THE LIBERTY OF LOVE. Arnot. I am standing where I stood then; I cannot help it, so help me God. (Canon Fremantle. (5)By deceivers who attempt to undermine the doctrine on which salvation rests.2. The devotional reading of Scripture day by day in connection with religious biography and kindred works.2. I know by grace. But, if he finds the boy in his leisure moments reading about the sea, and haunting about the seashore, and studying intelligently the boats and sails and machinery, after a time he will begin to recognize in the boy such a bent as indicates a genuine call. 17 For the flesh … Yet facts prove it necessary in the case of Christ's freemen. There is the tyranny of fashion and opinion, and again of prejudice and party spirit. If his father is wise, he will watch carefully, and try to estimate the meaning of this wish. THE MAINTENANCE OF THE LIBERTY WHICH THE POWER OF THAT GREAT PREROGATIVE HATH ACHIEVED.1. In daily society it will impart a kindliness, a charity, a justice, in cur estimate of the words and conduct of those around us; it will teach us a Divine tolerance and a modest humility. But let us come to more commonplace examples of freedom; we shall still find that it is the growth of the inner life or capacity which determines and controls the external conditions. He is indeed set free by the death of Christ from the ordinances of the old covenant, and he is no longer a slave; but he has been placed in a society which is governed by laws eternal in their force, and the measure of the liberty he enjoys is the good of his own soul and the well-being of his brother's, for none of us liveth to him-self, and no man dieth to himself As Christian members in the commonwealth of Christ we possess, indeed, in its highest and holiest sense, the triple right of liberty, fraternity, equality; but the religion to which we belong is neither reactionary nor revolutionary, and our liberty must be controlled, our equality sanctified, and our fraternity blessed, by the Holy Spirit of God.(C. This Judaising temper displays itself whenever men try to narrow down eternal principles of conduct into minute rules, which can prefer no higher claim than to be deemed useful to some, whilst they may be positively injurious to others In vindicating the freedom brought to us by the gospel, we throw ourselves back on the primary truths of Christianity — the Fatherhood of God, and the reconciliation wrought out by the atoning work of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God. When love has permeated the whole man, he then has perfect liberty — liberty of thought, liberty of speech, liberty of conduct. Rights and liberties belong to stages or states of condition. At Eton, under Keate, it; was thought quite fair to deceive a master. There is a fine expression in the speech in which Pericles contrasted the free system of Athenian life, "the trustful spirit of liberty," with the narrower system of Sparta. Other boys, much wiser than he was, had gone and got out of the mischief. Beyond all these were the outer walls and gates, and the lofty rock on which it was upreared. In adherence to the doctrines which the gospel has set before you.3. It might be thought that, unless such constraints as those imposed at Sparta existed, each man would try to impose his own will or tastes upon others. It is a tree which has an innate capacity of growth. But, if he finds the boy in his leisure moments reading about the sea, and haunting about the seashore, and studying intelligently the boats and sails and machinery, after a time he will begin to recognize in the boy such a bent as indicates a genuine call. Because we are not under the law, but under grace, we shall see ourselves called to a higher and nobler type of holiness. Luther's first great treatise was Concerning Christian Liberty. H. Chettle.The phrase alludes to the duties of soldiers on military service. There is the tyranny of fashion and opinion, and again of prejudice and party spirit. There is the tyranny of fashion and opinion, and again of prejudice and party spirit. Arnot. I know no more to-day than I knew when first I believed in Jesus as to this matter. I do not propose to dwell verse by verse upon the passage (Galatians 4:1-16) which I have taken for a starting point, but to illustrate and enforce its central principle. Let this represent liberty-spiritual — the union of the soul with its Maker. There is the tyranny of evil habits. There is a fine expression in the speech in which Pericles contrasted the free system of Athenian life, "the trustful spirit of liberty," with the narrower system of Sparta. There is something in our very adhesiveness and pertinacity which represents the spirit of the gospel. He may have the legal rights; but the higher ones, that spring out of the condition of the soul, must stand on the conditions to which they belong. (Newman Hall. The wretched state of the re-enslaved believer.(H. Beyond was the Court of the Gentiles — further from the Holy of Holies — but connected with it, surrounding and defending it. The gospel sets man free from a bondage beneath which a loving obedience is impossible, in order that, being free, he may serve God in the spirit of Christian liberty. Let this represent liberty national, by which ecclesiastical freedom is guaranteed. Because a perfect man is in unison with the Divine soul, he has the whole liberty of God in himself, according to the measure of his manhood. This is discovered soon after its first enjoyment. Where these prevail, a nation is already free, and a liberty so founded will never degenerate into license. Every school of religious thought exhibits proofs of this temptation to represent as commandments of God, precepts of man's own devising. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. )Christian libertyEmilius Bayley, B. D.The apostle now enters upon the more practical part of the Epistle. H. Spurgeon.Brethren, I cannot be of any other faith than that which I preached nearly twenty-nine years ago on this platform. He is indeed set free by the death of Christ from the ordinances of the old covenant, and he is no longer a slave; but he has been placed in a society which is governed by laws eternal in their force, and the measure of the liberty he enjoys is the good of his own soul and the well-being of his brother's, for none of us liveth to him-self, and no man dieth to himself As Christian members in the commonwealth of Christ we possess, indeed, in its highest and holiest sense, the triple right of liberty, fraternity, equality; but the religion to which we belong is neither reactionary nor revolutionary, and our liberty must be controlled, our equality sanctified, and our fraternity blessed, by the Holy Spirit of God.(C. You do not work, he says again and again, so that you may live. CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS THE LIBERTY OF LOVE. Chettle. W. Beyond was the Court of the Gentiles — further from the Holy of Holies — but connected with it, surrounding and defending it. Chettle. The fruit will never make the root or the sap, but the root and the sap ensure the fruit. Let this represent liberty-doctrinal — that revealed truth by which the soul obtains admission into the liberty of God's children. Galatians 4 Galatians 5:1 Galatians 6 | Expand chapter. CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS THE LIBERTY OF HOPE.1. There is the tyranny of ignorance. CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS THE LIBERTY OF FAITH. And when this is so, he may assure himself that the freedom will not be abused. I begin to think, of course, of what I am called upon to do. Our religion will be displayed, not in a punctilious attention to external rules, but in a life-giving spirit, which will penetrate into every department of action in relation to others. It will uphold the banner of freedom by maintaining, alike in theory and in practice, that Christianity is not in its essence a system of doctrine or a code of precepts, but a life and a spirit, a communion with God in Christ, manifesting itself in the power of true godliness. But this sense of liberty will not degenerate into licentiousness and unrestrained self-indulgence. But though it is important to get rid of all needless restraints, it is much more important that we should possess and train the powers for which the absence of restraint is demanded. When lost it is most frequently by(1)a culpable ignorance of spiritual duties and privileges;(2)a presumptuous self-confidence leading to unwatchfulness;(3)a weak and wicked self-indulgence.4. A perfect Christian is the one and only creature that has absolute liberty unchecked by law, by institution, by foregoing thoughts of men, by public sentiment. Spite of all the manifold temptations on the plea of piety, or on the plea of the necessary subordination of the individual to the society, it will firmly refuse to descend to a lower level of Christianity than that which Christ its Founder intended. The inferior has not the right of the superior. This, which to a child would seem strange, is due to the anchor that lies below the waters, and, grasping the solid ground with its iron arms, holds fast the boat. All Christian duties are summed up there and enforced with the authority of One who taught not as the scribes and Pharisees, and who spake as never man spake (Matthew 22:37-40). The first of these is the most important. When Keate was head-master of Eton, his system of discipline was one of terrorism. )LinksGalatians 5:1 NIVGalatians 5:1 NLTGalatians 5:1 ESVGalatians 5:1 NASBGalatians 5:1 KJVGalatians 5:1 Bible AppsGalatians 5:1 ParallelGalatians 5:1 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:1 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:1 French BibleGalatians 5:1 German BibleGalatians 5:1 CommentariesBible Hub, (4)The tyranny of Satan by the victory of Christ (2 Timothy 2:26; Hebrews 2:14). W. Beecher.No man has reached liberty until he has learned to obey with such facility and perfection that he does it without knowing it, If I step upon a little bit of plank in the street I walk along over it without thinking. (5)The curse of the law by the satisfaction of Christ (Galatians 3:10, 13). I am to-day what I was then. He becomes a law to himself; that is, he carries in himself that inspiration of love which is the mother of all good law. )Freedom and slaveryMilton.Know that to be free is the same thing as to be pious, to be wise, to be temperate and fast, to be frugal and abstinent, and, lastly, to be magnanimous and brave; so to be the opposite of all these is the same as to be a slave; and it usually happens that that people who cannot govern themselves, are delivered up to the sway of those whom they abhor, and made to submit to an involuntary servitude.(Milton. Yet facts prove it necessary in the case of Christ's freemen. Let us strive for the sublime liberty which belongs to those who fear God and hate evil. scope for the unhampered service of God and man. CHRISTIAN LIBERTY IS THE LIBERTY OF HOPE.1. The fruit will never make the root or the sap, but the root and the sap ensure the fruit. Where these prevail, a nation is already free, and a liberty so founded will never degenerate into license. The spirit, not the letter, of Sinai is met with again in the Sermon on the Mount. (Newman Hall. Luther's first great treatise was Concerning Christian Liberty. (Newman Hall. He never took a boy's word, and, on the suspicion of a fault, he flogged him. H. Chettle.I. If so, he will give it no encouragement. Constant self-denial.5. No man can do as he likes. How can he he thought free who is the slave of customs which he knows to be wrong? This verse also serves as a transition to the third and final section of the letter. There is the tyranny of ignorance. Life comes first; works, afterwards. Glory in the Cross ... Galatians 5:1–5:6. A perfect Christian is the one and only creature that has absolute liberty unchecked by law, by institution, by foregoing thoughts of men, by public sentiment. First, take the revival of Christian liberty at the time of the Reformation. Text: Galatians 5:1-6. To the attainment of this we must constantly attend, both for ourselves and for those on whom we have any influence. It might be thought that, unless such constraints as those imposed at Sparta existed, each man would try to impose his own will or tastes upon others. And so man living under the Christian covenant stands in a direct personal relation to God, a relation of trust. But let us come to more commonplace examples of freedom; we shall still find that it is the growth of the inner life or capacity which determines and controls the external conditions. (Romans 5:2; Ephesians 3:12).IV. Galatians has been called by many the Magna Carta of Christianity. Fully believing that God is a righteous Judge, we shall yet not feel towards Him as if He were a hard taskmaster or rigid lawgiver, but as the Infinite Being whose love first created us, and subsequently devised our redemption; we shall exercise an unreserved faith in the completeness of the sacrifice for sin which has been made by our Saviour, and the present forgiveness which has been obtained for us; and we shall rejoice in the glorious liberty of the children of God. Take the familiar case of a boy who wants to leave school and go to sea. (Newman Hall. Perkins.I. The safeguards of political liberty lie not in the laws which regulate, or the armies which defend it, but in the spirit which animates a people, in their respect for law, in their mutual toleration, in their recognition of others' rights, and, above all, in their hearty devotion to the government under which they live. At Eton, under Keate, it; was thought quite fair to deceive a master. So, as men work up higher and higher towards the Divine standard of character, their rights and liberties increase. When you try to do a thing you cannot do it as well as when you do it without trying.(H. Let this represent liberty national, by which ecclesiastical freedom is guaranteed. Our Hope: Righteousness. The price paid for your redemption.2. Give it air and light; remove whatever confines and overshadows it. H. 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