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Sun, Apr 22, 2018

One Stop Shop

If you have been with us you know by now that Paul was writing to a group of churches in Galatia who were turning their relationship with Jesus into a bunch of rules and regulations. Instead of trusting in what Jesus has accomplished for us, they were turning back to the law in hopes of earning God’s favor.
Series:Set Free
Duration:50 mins 39 secs

Series: Set Free

Galatians 3:19-4:7

Title: One Stop Shop

 

 

Galatians 3:19-29 

19  What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 

20  Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. 

21  Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 

22  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 

23  But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 

24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 

26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 

27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 

28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

29  And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

 

Galatians 4:1-7 

 

1  Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 

2  but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 

3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 

4  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 

5  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 

6  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" 

7  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 

 

If you have been with us you know by now that Paul was writing to a group of churches in Galatia who were turning their relationship with Jesus into a bunch of rules and regulations. Instead of trusting in what Jesus has accomplished for us, they were turning back to the law in hopes of earning God’s favor.

 

Reminds me of that sign you use to see in a mechanics shop. 

Hourly Rates

Drop it off. 45.00 hour

Stay and watch. 65.00 hour

Offer to help. 85.00 hour

 

God doesn’t need nor want our help. 

 

 

If God needed our help Paul wrote in Galatians 2:21, “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain." 

 

 

Paul has gone as far as to say, You started off right when you started in the Spirit. Why would you create a bunch of rituals to approach God?

 

Who bewitched you? 

 

If God got you started why would you think you could finish on your own? 

 

The same grace that saved you is the same grace that sustains you. 

 

You turned a Relationship into a ritual 

 

During the apostle Paul’s second missionary journey he was delayed in Galatia as he took ill, 4:13 and preached “Christ Crucified” to the point that they could see the image plainly as if it was engrained in their minds. The Judaizers followed after Paul and began teaching that the people also needed to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses to be saved and that the reason Paul had not taught them these things was because he wasn’t a true apostle of Christ. These false teachers began bewitching the Galatians and Paul warned them that keeping any law to be right with God was a huge mistake that would rob them of the benefits of their salvation.

 

Being fickle and wanting something new, the Galatians were on the verge of falling for this new teaching. It had been said that “Judaism was the cradle of Christianity and very nearly its grave”. Like Moses before Him, God raised up the apostle Paul to deliver the church from bondage. Its been noted that the book of Galatians has done more than any other book in the New Testament to set people free from the law of Judaism, from the burden of salvation by works which threatens the church even to this day. 

 

A religion without the Cross is not Christ’s religion. 

 

Jesus came to deliver us!

 

The power of the Cross 

1. To deliver us from sin. 

2. To deliver us from the curse of the law.

3. To deliver us from the self life.

4. To deliver us from the world.

5. To provide for us the new birth.

6. To provide for us the Holy Spirit.

7. To bring forth the fruit of God’s Spirit. 

 

 

The epistle of Galatians is called the Believers Declaration of Independence. Not freedom from law period as that would be lawlessness, but rather freedom from the law of Moses and its system of righteousness before God. 

 

Religion is the best man can do. Christianity is the best God can do. Man’s best in observing the law will never justify him before God (Galatians 2:16). Perfection comes only by faith in Jesus Christ, trusting in what He has done for us. 

 

Jesus didn’t come as sheriff to keep us in line, He came as the Lamb of God to save us from our sins.

 

Paul challenged their own experience with Christ in that they received Jesus not by the works of the flesh but rather by the hearing of the gospel, by hearing of faith.  Remember, Abraham believed God and it was accounted or credited to him as righteousness. 

 

Faith, real saving faith says to God, I believe You, I believe Your Word. True children of Abraham were not his physical descendants but rather those who trusted God like Abraham trusted God, by faith. 

 

Governmental laws are a blessing in this life but do nothing for the life hereafter. 

 

God’s laws cant provide life but they can provide death to all who fail to keep them. (Galatians 3:10)

 

The focus of the law is on who we are and what we do where as grace focus is on who Christ is and what He did for us. 

 

 

 

 

Galatians 3:19  

19  What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 

 

 Paul told the church… By the works of the law no flesh will be justified.

 

It won’t work, its never worked to use rules to be right with God.  

 

Paul has a brilliant mind… Paul wrote a question he thought they’d ask and then he turns around and answers the very question he asks. What purpose the does the law serve? 

 

It was added because of Transgression... Transgression is an archery term that means “to miss the mark…” “to fall short of the glory of God.”

 

The law was added to make us aware that we missed the mark.

 

To show us we were breaking the law. It identified the problem. But it didn’t offer a solution to fix it. 

 

Satan wants us to prove we are righteous by keeping the law yet the reason the law was given was to show us where we were wrong. That we are lost without Jesus.

 

Four reasons Jesus is more better

4 things Jesus has given us that the law never could.

 

1. Jesus gives us life. 

 

The law can only diagnosis you with the news of death. 

 

Galatians 3:19, the law was given to show us our sins. The law works when you walk away going this is impossible. How can we be saved. The law cant change us, or bring us life. The life is a standard that causes us to seek out a Savior. Jesus came to give us what the law never could. 

 

Jesus paid for our sin… Jesus took our curse. It should have been us, He paid it all and set us free. 

He who knew no sin became sin for us…

 

Galatians 3:19-20 teach us the laws value. Everything has a purpose. The law was given to restrain the wicked, to keep sin in check by making us aware of our failure to keep the law and the consequences that are ours for doing so. The death penalty is constantly before our eyes. 

 

Yet the law had no power to help us, only to condemn us, to reveal how wrong we are. 

 

The law reveals sin but can do nothing to remove it. When the law is effective we long for grace. 

 

The law doesn’t make us sin, the law reveals that we are sinners already.

 

The law only proves what we already are. Sinners in need of a Savior. 

 

The Gospel explains to us that only Jesus can meet our need as Savior, we cannot save ourselves.

 

 

 

Verse 20:  Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.

 

God made the promise to Abraham, the law of Moses came to more than one. 

 

Th law doesn’t give life nor does it take away sin. A mirror shows you your face is dirty but does nothing to clean your faith. 

 

 

Verse 21  Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 

22  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 

 

The entire world is under sin. When we see insanity we see sin. The world is doing a good job at sinning. 

 

But here is the pathway through insanity. Faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Verse 23  But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 

24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

 

 

2. Jesus Makes us Grow.  

 

 

The law can’t grow us up. The law stunts our growth in Jesus. 

 

The bus driver… Tutor… the law is our tutor to bring us to Jesus. The tutor doesn’t help us, the tutor just disciplines us. The tutor just drops us off at school. He gets us there but he doesn’t help us with our homework.

 

The bus driver cant help you get good grades. Only Jesus can help you grow.

 

You put on Christ… Jesus isn’t first base, He is a home run. 

 

It’s not what you do that causes God to be pleased with you. The Christian faith is not performance based Christianity. The law, the rules don’t make you mature. Trusting in Jesus is what grows us in Christ. 

 

It is trusting in Jesus 

 

Verse 25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 

26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 

 

Not all are children of God, only those who come to God by faith are children of God. (Galatians 3:26)

 

Faith not works brings us into God’s family!

 

27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

Put on Christ… tell him what a man is and when he becomes a man. 

 

Rise up as man! 

 

Verse 28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

29  And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

 

Adopted into God’s family…

 

Are you convinced God loves you?

 

Not that God loves people but that God loves you personally!

 

Are you secure in God’s love?

 

If you are not secure in Gods love you are going to seek to earn it. 

 

Paul is telling the Galatians… you already have God’s favor, why are you trying to earn it?

 

You cant win what you already won. 

 

Pride wants to earn it, insecurity causes us to doubt it. 

 

Prodigal son… Maybe God will take you back

 

The Father’s response, you cant be a slave, you are a son! 

 

We look at what we have done and we can accept that God might receive us as a slave but to be accepted as a son… no way. 

 

Colossians 2:6-7, “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” 

 

 

Insecure Christians, are those who seek self confidence. 

 

Confidence in Christ… is hindered by our earthly experiences. Some have been abandoned or abused… some of you grew up in homes trying to earn your parents favor…Sadly, subconsciously or consciously we transpose our earthy relationships on God. 

 

Its unfair to impose our earthly relationships on our Heavenly Father. 

 

We have to believe the Words of scripture more than our personal experiences 

 

Why are you in church today? Are you making up for something or trying to earn something

 

In error we say, being a Christian is proving your love for God.

 

Gods desire is we spend our lives believing in Him and trusting in Him.

 

 

Galatians 4:1-7  

1  Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 

2  but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 

3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 

4  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 

5  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 

 

Adoption has to do with son ship, being given all the same rights and privileges as full grown children. An heir while a child though an heir has no more privileges than a slave for the heir is under the care of the guardian. Jesus Christ came to set us free from the care of a guardian, to give us all the rights and privileges of a full grown son! (Galatians 4:5-6)

 

Adoption is a Roman legal word that means “to place a son” 

 

Paul reminds the Galatians that Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was the first born son, the son of his bond woman Hagar, and Isaac the son born of Sarai the free woman who was the son of promise. Under the law Ishmael as the first born son would receive the special honor of sonship but God did not recognize Ishmael the product of Abraham’s flesh but recognized Isaac his son given to him by God though a promise received by faith. We too are sons and daughters of Abraham not by the works of our flesh but buy the receiving of a promise. 

 

 

Verse 6:  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" 

 

 

3. Jesus adopts us into His family .

 

 

Verse 6:  Ababa Father… Daddy Daddy… God loves me, God accepts me, I am one of His kids. I am secure in His love. 

 

Spending time with God reveals His love and care for us. 

 

Don’t let your life get so busy you miss out on the alone time you can enjoy with Him. 

 

 

Before the sun came up Jesus needed time alone with the Father. Jesus would get away with His Dad. Its where the security and intimacy come from. 

 

Identity and security are sought in other things when we get so busy 

 

Blessing to be a blessing… the Jews hoarded the blessing. 

 

The good news was gentiles were being given the same privilege as the Jewish people. 

 

You have the highest legal standing, there is none higher than the standing you have in Christ.

 

Adoption is costly… born of a woman under the law. 

Adoption was difficult.

 

 

Verse 7:  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 

 

In Roman culture children had tutor’s or task masters who kept them in line, who instructed them 

 

When a son is young he was treated like a slave. In the Roman culture a child had a task master who received their instructions from the Father. A son becomes free while the slave always remains a slave. Before you understood the grace of God you were living as slaves.

 

 a son and an a heir… we inherit everything that belongs to God.

 

Do you really believe you are an heir? 

 

We have the full rights as sons as heirs. There is security in sonship. God has a security waiting for us! If we are not secure in our relationship with God its because we are still consumed with the things of this earth. Thats how we know… When the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want… I don’t need the other stuff because He is enough. Contentment. 

 

The more we know God the less we care about earthly things. 

 

Are you consumed by earthly things? If you are you are not secure in God. When we are close to God we don’t care about the stuff of this life. 

 

 

Its much easier to believe I am a slave than its is to believe I am a son. 

 

We are heirs to His fortunes. 

 

4. Jesus offers us an eternal inheritance. 

 

The law could hint at the promise, but only Jesus could provide the promise. 

 

If Jesus has it so do you! 

 

Hebrews 1:2, “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;” 

 

 

Everything Jesus has we have…

 

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Ephesians 1:18, “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,” 

 

 

Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” 

 

 

You are going to inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.” 

 

 

One stop Shopping! Everything we have need we find in Jesus. 

 

If you have Jesus you have everything you need. 

 

 

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