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01/11/2009 / Test All Things

A Study of Galatians 5:13

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another”
(Galatians 5:13)

The liberty of grace in Christ is not freedom to sin. It is freedom for obedience, love, and service to God and to one another. Christ set us free when He died on Calvary; when He redeemed us by His precious blood and justified us by His righteousness imputed. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and calls us to faith in Christ, He calls us into the liberty of God’s grace in Christ. This works within us a love for Christ and His people and a desire to follow Him.

Any who use the liberty of grace as an excuse to promote sin show a lack of grace within the heart. Just as faith works by love (Galatians 5:6), liberty works by love. When God the Holy Spirit gives spiritual life, knowledge, and grace to a sinner, that sinner, for the first time in his life, is free to obey, to love, and to serve God acceptably in Christ.

As the apostle Paul wrote, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).

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