NKJ Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! (Gal 5:1-12 NKJ)
What Illustration of the Christian life does Paul start out with in 5:7 that sets the tone for the passage?
What problem was the Galatian Christian having that was impeding their progress (5:8)?
In what ways did Paul place his confidence in God for the Galatians sovereign preservation (5:10)?
What was Paul’s general concern in 5:13-15 regarding Christian freedom?
If Christians are living in freedom, what will be the result in the body of Christ?
- What are some examples of hindrances to Christian freedom how should we deal with them?
- When we realize other Christians are living in bondage, why is it important to consider God’s sovereign preservation?
- What are ways we are tempted to use Christian liberty as an opportunity to fulfill the flesh?
- What is the key to remaining free from bondage of the flesh and loving God and others?
- If Christians are behaving harmfully to each other, what is the root problem?