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Galatians 5.1-15 - Fall From God

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Introduction

Today we are talking about Falling from God’s Grace
Can you fall from God’s grace?
Galatians 5:1–15 NIV
1 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. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. 7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
I know I don’t believe that. I know you have preached from the Pulpit that You can’t fall from God’s grace.
In part that is true. I have preached from the pulpit that you can’t fall from God’s grace in the since that you can’t lose your salvation.
Last week we talked about God’s adoption of us into his family .
Something that we have to rely on him for. We have to have faith. And it can’t be taken away from us. Once saved always saved is a truth that allows assurance of one’s salvation.
We sing about it in that song blessed assurance
Look at John 6:39-40
John 6:39–40 CSB
39 This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 10:27–28 CSB
27 My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 17:12 CSB
12 While I was with them, I was protecting them by your name that you have given me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled.
Ephesians 1:13–14 CSB
13 In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.
1 Peter 1:5 CSB
5 You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
There are others
So when I say fall from God’s Grace I am not saying that we are falling from grace as in we lose our salvation.
I am talking about moving away from God’s Grace.
Galatians 5:1 CSB
1 For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm, then, and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Christ set you free so that you don’t have to be enslaved again. For freedom he has made you free. Not for some respite from the law or your old ways. But for freedom.
So stand fast
Galatians 5:2–4 CSB
2 Take note! I, Paul, am telling you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. 3 Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to do the entire law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.
This is what it means to fall way from God’s grace.
When we fall away from God’s grace we turn to legalism
We turn to what we can and cannot Do
We turn to how can earn my salvation or repay God for What he has done for us
Which is impossible
“You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”
Galatians 5:5–12 CSB
5 For we eagerly await through the Spirit, by faith, the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love. 7 You were running well. Who prevented you from being persuaded regarding the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough. 10 I myself am persuaded in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. 11 Now brothers and sisters, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 I wish those who are disturbing you might also let themselves be mutilated!
The only thing that matters is faith through Love verse 5
That’s why Jesus is quoted as saying the most two important commandments are
Love God
And Love your neighbor as yourself
Faith through Love And that is a call to freedom
Galatians 5:13–15 CSB
13 For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.
Which does not give us a right to do anything we want that’s not what freedom is.
Freedom is not anarchy
Anarchy is “freedom” for one person/group at the expense of everyone else’s freedom. In other words Anarchy is enslavement of others to your will and ways . Because you want to be “Free”.
Freedom is in Love
It if love that looks after the Neighbor as we do ourselves. Unlike anarchy the neighbor is thought of in our love
And it is for this that we have been set free
We are free in Christ.
So that we can Love. Love does not devour others. It does not destroy.
That is what legalism does. It destroys. We use it to put others down. We deconstruct others but bringing them under laws and regulations.
Love builds up. It lifts others it encourages. It strengthens. It can tear down in a constructive manner. It can tear down in order to improve. Sometime Love has to tear down lies. Lies like you can’t. Lies like your aren’t Good enough. Lies like you’re not attractive. Lies that that is a good thing to do. Sometimes we have been lied to and live in sin.
Love corrects and correction has a constructive tearing down. But it never is destructive. The point is never to destroy and defeat. That isn’t Love.
And Love is the whole of God’s commands
Love:
I Love because I first was Loved, And his love just pours out on me. And I am blessed so I can bless.
I can bless others

Next Steps

Love
Are you Loving?
How have you shown it to your neighbor
God has set you free don’t’ fall back into the old ways be free
Free to Love
Pray
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