Today, Pastor Ford will explain that Paul’s teaching in Galatians makes it clear that the gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t repudiate the law, but rather, the law is fulfilled in the gospel. Because the central core and motivation behind what Jesus did for us is the fact that He loves us. And in return, we should love Him and not squander the liberty He has afforded to us.
As believers, we have so much freedom in Christ. We’re free from the bondage of sin, for salvation. We’re free from self. We’re free from Satan. And we’re free from the bondage to the law. So that now we’ve been made free by Christ, we must guard against allowing our liberty to be stolen by license. Find out more about what this means, when you join us for today’sTreasured Truth.
In Galatians 5, Paul was trying to help the Galatians believers understand that they were relying on the law to save them, then that necessitated obedience to all the law. They couldn’t just can’t pick and choose! They couldn’t say, ‘We want to obey some of the commandments, not all of the commandments.’ Pastor Ford will help us understand more of what Paul was teaching the Galatians about this important pointon today’s Treasured Truth.
As we continue our study in Galatians, Pastor Ford will remind us about what Paul was trying to teach the Galatian believers—that we as believers need to understand the more human effort we bring to the table when it comes to the process of our salvation, the more we end up nullifying God’s grace.
According to Paul, the Galatians had the clear and simple message of salvation, but they let the Judaizers come along and add stuff to it. So, they had a salvific message, and they let others add stuff to it that took the truth away from them and made the message of non-effect.
Many people are changing the definition of sin and they’re twisting the message of the Word of God, just to make it palatable to unbelievers. But when we go out to reach our communities, Pastor Ford encourages us to take to heart what D.L. Moody used to say, “The Word of God is like a lion! You don’t have to defend it, just let it go,” so it can do it’s work in the hearts of the lost.
As we learn more about how we can transition from doctrine to duty, Pastor Ford will explain that what is learned in the holy place, should be lived in the marketplace. So, he’ll encourage us to take what we are learning in church with us and share it with the world. If we were doing that more often, then more people would be attracted to what we have and want to become a part of the church themselves.
In the passage we’ll be studying today from Galatians 5, Paul says, “Stand fast therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. And be not entangled again, with the yoke of bondage.” So, Pastor Ford will explain what he means is that the law doesn’t empower us, it enslaves us. And if we try to follow the law, we end up with legalism, rather than liberty.
Pastor Ford will help us understand that when we are not keeping the Lord’s commandments, we are not loving Him. He’ll also address this question—what does it mean for us to be committed to Jesus Christ? It means we love what Jesus loves and we hate what Jesus hates. And that’s when we know we’re committed to Christ.
Have you ever received a pardon, but refused it? Today we’ll hear about a man named George Wilson, who did just that. And Pastor Ford will explain that there are too many people who are like that. God gives them the pardon they need, but they reject His offer.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.
Treasured Truth is a 24-minute radio program, airing daily. Each day, James Ford, Jr., Pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, presents clear, powerful Bible teaching-adding godly wisdom and guidance to listeners' daily walks with Christ. Pastor Ford uses his breadth of experience to bring Christ-centered, expository preaching that is relevant to an audience of all races and cultures.