Podcast #154: “No Longer Slaves” by I Am They

Discarding Christ-Plus Slavery in Galatians

We all want freedom. After all, who wants to live in bondage? The irony is that freedom has been purchased for us by Christ and we accept it heartily and then immediately take steps that place ourselves in bondage again. This is what the churches in Galatia were doing in the days of Paul. This week’s featured song, “No Longer Slaves” as sung by I Am They, leads us to this letter to the Galatians and Paul’s stern correction.

I hope we can heed the warning of Paul and walk in the freedom Christ provides.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include
    • Read and keep on reading
    • Listen to an audio version of Scripture
    • Read/study in context
    • Consider big themes
  • Our inspiration verse linked to the song – Galatians 4:7
  • C.S. Lewis’ essay “On Reading Old Books”
  • Introduction to the book of Galatians – BlueLetterBible.org
  • The Galatians had turned away from the gospel message by adding to it – Galatians 1:6-7
  • We cannot attain salvation through ANY human effort – Galatians 3:3
  • Paul’s introduction to the idea of bondage and slavery – Galatians 3:22
  • We are enslaved when we add human effort to the gospel message – Galatians 4:3
  • Don’t trade in slavery to sin for slavery to a Christ-plus “gospel”

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Read the book of Galatians! Experience Paul’s defense of his apostolic authority in chapters one and two. Understand that all believers enjoy complete salvation in Christ alone in chapters three and four. Explore how Paul showed how the gospel of grace leads to true freedom and godly living in chapters five and six. Read and keep on reading, and then take time to examine your own heart. Do you hold any Christ-plus philosophies? Discard them today for the true gospel message…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

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