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Galatians: Rescued & Recruited – Week 3

person Mike Wilson

Galatians: Rescued & Recruited – Week 3

Living in Freedom: Finding Balance in Faith

Are you the type of person who tends to lean towards extremes? Do you find yourself diving headfirst into whatever you believe in, whether it’s assertiveness, exercise, or saving money? While passion and dedication are admirable qualities, when taken to the extreme, they can often lead to unhealthy outcomes.

Avoiding Extremes in Theology

The same principle applies to theology. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that extremes in theological beliefs are rarely beneficial. From the notion of total free will to the idea of determinism, each extreme presents an incomplete picture of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. Similarly, within Christianity, there are extremes like Cessationalism, which denies the continuation of spiritual gifts, and Charismania, which places undue emphasis on miraculous signs and wonders.

The Dangers of Libertinism and Legalism

Two extremes that are particularly prevalent in Christian circles are Libertinism and Legalism. Libertinism suggests that grace gives us a license to indulge in whatever we desire, under the guise of freedom. However, this mindset often leads to bondage, addiction, and selfishness, as it disregards the transformative power of God’s grace.

On the other hand, Legalism imposes a rigid set of rules and regulations, with the belief that strict adherence to these laws will earn favor with God. Yet, this legalistic mindset only serves to create further bondage, as it fosters a mentality of constant striving and fear of failure.

Embracing Grace Over Legalism

God’s way, however, is one of grace. Grace acknowledges our shortcomings and failures but invites us to come to God with honesty and humility. It recognizes that we cannot earn God’s love through our own efforts but instead invites us to receive His unmerited favor.

Scripture underscores this truth in Romans 5:8, it says But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Moreover, passages like Deuteronomy 4:2 and Galatians 3:19 highlight the dangers of adding to or subtracting from God’s commands, emphasizing the importance of staying true to His Word.

The Purpose of the Law

While the law serves as a mirror, revealing our sinfulness and need for a Savior, it was never intended to be a permanent solution. Instead, it points us towards Christ, who fulfilled the requirements of the law on our behalf. As Galatians 3:24-25 explains, the law served as our guardian until the coming of Christ, but now that faith has come, we are no longer bound by its requirements.

Living in the Freedom of Grace

Guilt, shame, and condemnation have no place in the life of a believer who has been set free by Christ’s sacrifice. Hebrews 8:12 assures us of God’s forgiveness and His decision to remember our sins no more. Therefore, we are called to live in the joy and freedom that comes from knowing we are loved and forgiven.

Embracing Confidence in God’s Grace

Confidence in God’s grace brings a level of joy and assurance that transcends circumstances. Just as the stone was rolled away from the tomb to reveal the risen Christ, so too are we invited to live in the confidence that comes from knowing our Savior conquered sin and death.

Finding Balance in Faith

As we navigate our Christian journey, let us strive to find balance between legalism and libertinism, avoiding the bondage of self-righteousness while also fleeing from the chains of sin. May we embrace the freedom that comes from living in the grace of God, confident in His love and forgiveness.

In prayer, let us surrender our legalistic tendencies and our libertine desires, instead choosing to walk in the freedom and joy that come from knowing Christ. May His grace empower us to live lives that honor Him in all that we do.


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