Political & economical freedom are important, but don't bring true freedom.
Freedom of the will which philosophers discuss is also a form of freedom that we enjoy, yet it doesn't bring true freedom.
The freedom discussed by Paul in Galatians 5, is a special kind of freedom, a freedom that trumps all the others.
Verse 13 summarized this freedom the best, showing how special our freedom in Christ really is.
It's the freedom that allows us to serve one another humbly in love.
Christian Freedom means Salvation
We have been called to be free.
In chapter 4 the apostle Paul tells us about the bondage in the Old Testament Law with the Judaizers were promoting as the way to freedom.
Paul points to living our lives for Christ as the true way to freedom (Galatians 5:1-4).
We are called by freedom and for freedom, the purpose of this calling is to live free from a life of sin (Galatians 4:31).
We are freed from the hopeless task of trying to save ourselves (Romans 3:20; 6:14. )
Jesus purchased our freedom by His blood.
Christian Freedom Means Limitations
"Do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature."
Can freedom actually be a problem in our lives?
Only if we don't use it right.
Some would argue that because we don't follow detailed legalistic regulations, we can engage in all sorts of poor conduct, we need to follow a system in order to be free from sin.
This makes no sense, we are free from sin because of Jesus, therefore we are subject to Christ.
Freedom must have limitations in order to be freedom.
Some might argue that I am free to do this or that, but find that they actually become slaves to this or that.
There is no slavery worse than being a slave to one's wrong desires (Romans 5:16-21).
Christian Freedom Means Blessing
"Use your freedom to serve one another in love."
Real freedom is living by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18).
It is bearing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26).
Peter taught the same thing (1 Peter 2:16).
Our freedom should lead us to do right out love for the Lord who freed us from sin.
Freedom brings responsibility as a Christian.
Our attitude toward those who abuse their freedom is shown in Galatians 6:1-2.
Jesus alone brings real freedom (John 8:36).
Big Idea: Freedom means we live our lives through the Holy Spirit who pushes us toward the true source of freedom, Jesus Christ.
The evidence of our freedom is love producing fruit.