Galatians: grace-bought forgiveness and freedom

Yesterday we began a new series looking at the apostle Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia. One of the big themes of the letter is introduced in 1:3 where Paul says, “Grace to you”. The “grace of Christ” (1:6) brings us both forgiveness and freedom.
The theme of freedom is a rich one in Galatians. Paul sows the seed in 1:4 when he writes that Jesus “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father”. That seed then begins to sprout in 2:4 where Paul talks about “our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus”. And it then blossoms into full flower in 5:1 when Paul states, “For freedom Christ has set us free.”
I wonder if we’re more familiar with the truth that grace brings us forgiveness than grace bringing us freedom. Without wanting to downplay forgiveness, let’s delight in the freedom we have in Christ. As we do, let’s beware the danger of being taken captive again, and submitting to a yoke of slavery. Which is why Paul had to write Galatians...
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Robin Weekes, 15/09/2014