“So,” Paul writes in his letter to the Galatian church, “Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”  Galatians 5:1 NLT

Just prior to this statement, Paul explains that the Law and the Promise are represented by Hagar and Sarah and their children. Hagar was a slave; her son was born as a human endeavor to fulfil God’s Promise. Sarah, however, was a free woman, and her son was born when God miraculously fulfilled His promise to Abraham.

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Jesus Christ offers us righteousness by faith; the law tries to attain righteousness by our own works. And, Paul says, if we count on our keeping the law to make us right with God, Christ will be of no benefit to us.

Jesus Christ has done what no man can ever hope to do; He has perfectly pleased God His Father. And this favor with God, this being right with God, he now offers freely to those who will believe in Him. He wants us to step out into the freedom of faith, faith that works by love, and enjoy the benefits of being right with God, the righteousness He bought at such a cost and now offers as a pure gift to us.

The alternative is trying the impossible– trying to please God by our own works. And if we do this, we cut ourselves off from the grace of Christ. We condemn ourselves to the bondage of trying to keep every provision of the law in a vain attempt to win God’s favor.

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law!”

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