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Biblical Illustrator Gal 5

Biblical Illustrator Gal 5

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 15, 2011
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BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR GAL 5CHAPTER 5Vbb. 1. Stand fast therefore In the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,and he not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. — The freedom of theChristian : — It is necessary that we first see generally what that " liberty " is,"wherewith Christ maketh His people free." I cannot hold any one "free," solong as his own conscience locks him up into the fear of death and punishment.The mind which has places which it is afraid to touch, can never expatiate every-where ; and the mind which cannot go anywhere, never is "free." It is the senseof pardon which is that man's emancipation. Have we not all felt the difference-to work that we may be loved, and to work because we are loved ; to have a motivefrom without, or to have a motive from within ; to be guided by a fear, or to beattracted by an affection ? But, again, to obey any one isolated law, however goodthat law may be, and however we may admire and love the Lawgiver, may stillcarry with it a sense of confining and contraction. To do, not this or that com-mand, but the whole will, because it is the will of one we love — to have caughtHis mind, to breathe His spirit, to be bound up with His glory — that has in it nolittleness ; there are no circumscribing confines there ; and these are the goingsout of the unshackled being in the ranges which match with his own infinity. Andyet once more. Such is the soul of man, that all that in his horizon falls withinthe compass of time, however long — or of a present life however full — that man'scircle being small, compared to his own consciousness of his own capability,through that disproportion, he feels a limitation. But let a man once look, as liemay, and as he must, on that great world which lies beyond him as his scope andhis home, and all that is here as only the discipline and the school-work by whichhe is in training, and immediately everything contains in it eternity. And very" free" will that man be " among the dead," because his faith is going out abovethe smallnesses which surround him, to the great, and to the absorbing, and to thesatisfying things to come. It will not be difficult to carry out these principles, andapply them to the right performance of any of the obligations of life. It needs nowords to show that whatever is done in this freedom will not only be itself betterdone, but it takes from that freedom a oharaoter which comports well with a mem-ber of the family of God ; and which at once makes it edifying to Him, and ac-ceptable and honouring to a heavenly Father. (J. Vaughan, M.A.) Spiritual3U THE BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR. [oha*. *
freedom : — What is liberty ? Obedience to one's self ; obedience to a lawwhich is written in a man's own heart. If I obey myself, and myself isnot a right self, it is, indeed, " liberty," but being a bad liberty, it becomes " licen-tiousness." It is compulsion ; it is bondage. Liberty is when the outer law andthe inner law are the same ; and both are good. 1. Every one has a past whichfetters him. The moment a man really believes, and accepts his pardon, he is cutoff from all his sinful past ! He is at liberty — free from his own bitter history — freefrom himself ! 2. ow look to the " liberty " from the present. If I have receivedChrist into my heart, I am a pardoned man, I am a happy man, and I know andfeel that I owe all my happiness to Him — therefore I love Him ; I cannot choosebut love Him ; and my first desire is to please Him ; to follow Him ; to be likeHim ; to be with Him. My life is to become a life of love. In obeying God, I obeymyself. The new life and the new heart are in accord. 3. And what of the future ?A vista running up to glory ! But are there no dark places ? Chiefly in the anticipation. When they come, they will bring their own escapes and their ownbalances. He has undertaken for me in everything. He will never leaveme. So I am quite free from all my future. To die will be a very littlething. The grave cannot hold me. He has been through, and opened the door theother side. (Ibid.) Christian liberty : — I. The liberty of the subjects thatabe fbeed. Christian liberty stands — 1. In immunity from evil. (1) From thatwhich is evil in itself. Satan ; sin (a) in the fault, (o) in the punishment :whether the inward slavery of an accusing conscience or outward wrath of God,death, and damnation. (2) From that which is evil to us, as (a) burdensome tra-ditions, (5) the law, either ceremonial or moral, as regards either the obligation orthe curse. 2. Less than this is bondage, more than this is looseness. II. ThePREROGATIVE OF THE KlG OF GLORY THAT HATH FBEED THEM. 1.They Could DOtfree themselves. 2. Angels could not free them. 3. Only Christ could, whose ran-som was infinite. 4. Only Christ has, whose love is infinite. How? (1) By force;in that He hath conquered him whose captives we were. (2) By purchase ; inthat He hath paid the full price to him to whom we were forfeited. We could notbe free by birth since we were sons of wrath ; nor by service since we were vassalsof Satan. 5. Christ has freed us from seven Egyptian masters. (1) The bondageof sin by the Spirit of Christ (Bom. vi. 12, vii. 14 ; 2 Peter ii. 19 ; Bom. vii. 24,25 ; 2 Cor. iii. 17). (2) An accusing conscience by the blood of Christ (Heb. x. 19,22). (3) The wrath of God by faith in Christ (Heb. x. 27 ; Bom. v. 1). (4) Thetyranny of Satan by the victory of Christ (2 Tim. ii. 26 ; Heb. ii. 14). (5) Thecurse of the law by the satisfaction of Christ (Gal. iii. 10, 13). (6) The law of cere-monies by the consummation of Christ (Bom. viii. 2 ; Eph. ii. 14-16). (7) Human
ordinances by the manumission and instruction of Christ (Gal. iv. 10, 11 ; 1 Cor. vii.23). III. The maintenance of the libebty which the poweb of that obeat pbeboga-tive hath achieved. 1. How strange that Buch an exhortation should be necessary.In the case of a liberated bird or an emancipated slave it would be superfluous. 2.Yet facts prove it necessary in the case of Christ's freemen. (Bishop Hall.)Christian believers exhorted to the maintenance of their spiritual liberty : — I.Thisexhortation implies — 1. That attempts will be made to deprive us of this liberty.This is discovered soon after its first enjoyment. (1) By Satan and sin. (2) Bycompanions. (3) By pleasure. (4) By persecution. (5) By deceivers who attemptto undermine the doctrine on which salvation rests. 2. The awful possibility of losing this liberty, as testified (1) by Scripture ; (2) by the history of the Church ;(3) by observation ; (4) by experience. 3. That there is no necessity to lose thisliberty. When lost it is most frequently by (1) a culpable ignorance of spiritualduties and privileges ; (2) a presumptuous self-confidence leading tounwatchfulness ;(3) a weak and wicked self-indulgence. 4. Yet while there is no necessity to forfeittheir liberty, Christians are exposed to great and peculiar dangers (1) from con-stitution and temperament ; (2) circumstances ; (3) difficulties and sorrows ; (4)spiritual exercises. H. The duties in the obsebvance of which spiritual free-dom may be maintained. 1. The devotional reading of Scripture day by day in con-nection with religious biography and kindred works. 2. A regular and con-scientious attention to private prayer. 3. A spirit of watchfulness. 4. Constantself-denial. 5. Unceasing cultivation of holiness. In conclusion : Bemember — 1.The price paid for your redemption. 2. The wretched state of the re-enslavedbeliever. (H. H. Chettle.) Christian freedom : — I. Ih the voluntaby serviceof God (Luke i. 74; 1 Tim. i. 9). II. In the fbee use or the creatures of God(Titus i. 15 ; Bom. xiv. 14). HI. To comb unto God through Christ in prate*chap, T.] GALATIAS. SIS{Bom. v. 2 ; Eph. iii. 12). IV. To enter heaven (Heb. x. 19). (W. Perkins.)Liberty not lawlessness: — Liberty is harmony between the law and the nature andinclinations of its subjects. Law is essential to freedom, but freedom requires thatthe law shall be such as comports with the best interests and highest reason of those who have to obey it ; for then their best desires will concur with their obli-gations, and, wishing to do only what the law requires them to do, they will beconscious of no restraint. (ewman Hall.) Spiritual and related, freedoms : — Let me remind you of the arrangement of the ancient temple. In the centre wasthe sanctuary, with the altar of sacrifice before it, and the altar of incense within ;

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