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Freedom #3: Jesus, the Only Source

Recorded in John 8:32 and 36 Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees and to us says,  “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free… If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”  Jesus is declaring that true freedom is only found in knowing Him through His Word, the Bible.  To ignore and reject Jesus and His truth, is to remain in bondage to sin and Satan.

  

What prompted the Apostle Paul to write to the Galatians about freedom?   In Acts 13 and 14 we learn that Paul and his missionary partner Barnabas had evangelized the Galatian area, establishing churches in Derbe, Lystra, Iconium and Antioch in Pisidia.  On their return trip to Jerusalem, they returned to these churches, spending more time strengthening each of them.

  

Judaizers, who followed Paul wherever he went, were misleading the people; insisting that these young gentile Christians needed to be circumcised and keep the Jewish ceremonial law, including observance of the Sabbath.

  

This problem came to a head and forced the leaders of the Church in Jerusalem to settle this issue once and for all.  That summit meeting is recorded in Acts 15.  After listening to all sides,  James, the leader of the church in Jerusalem, concluded that these gentile believers in Christ did not have to observe the Jewish ceremonial law, including circumcision and the Sabbath observance.  This did not stop the Judaizers who continued their vicious attacks against Paul throughout his life.  

  

Paul wrote his Epistle to the Galatians to deal with three things.  In chapter 1 and 2 he established his credentials as a true Apostle of Christ.  In chapters 3 and 4 he established grace alone as the only way of salvation.  In chapters 5 and 6 he makes it clear that Christians saved by grace are not only delivered from this present evil world system; but because we have Christ, we no longer need the ceremonial law.  It was  our school master to bring us to Christ. Now that we are Christians, the school master is no longer needed.

I challenge you to trust Christ and cling to Him and reject anyone who would attempt to teach you any further requirements to be a true Christians.  Jesus and His Word is all you need.   If you are trusting Christ alone for salvation, His Holy Spirit lives in your heart.  You need not seek for Him, nor for any experience with the Holy Spirit.  If you are surrendered to Christ, His Spirit will fill (control) you.  If you will feed on His Word, the Bible;  His Spirit will affirm when you are hearing truth and will warn you when you are hearing error.

The Truth of God’s Word will bring you freedom.  The error of Satan will bring you into bondage.   My prayer is that this web site will help you recognize truth from error so that you can experience the full freedom Christ offers you.  For more on The Sabbath, go to my SABBATH link on this site. 

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September 9, 2007 - Posted by | Freedom

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