Lesson 5: Galatians 5:1-6
This is the fifth Bible study for 7th-10th graders that attended Marannook in the summer of 2017.
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What is your name? (Preferred name and Last name)
What grade are you in?
Who was your counselor this past summer?
What do we 'do' now?
If you remember from previous studies, we have talked about the good news of JESUS. We have talked about how HE died for us, and how HE also gave us HIS righteousness, and we talked about last time how we are children of GOD! We are in the family of GOD, so now what? Let's look at Galatians 5:1-6 to begin to see what comes from all of this.
Galatians 5 - "1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love."
CHRIST died for us. Why? (There are many answers, but what is the answer from these verses?)
so we could have more stuff
so we could be famous
so we could be free
so we could have more friends
CHRIST has given us freedom in order to set us free! Tough question here: What are we set free from?
slavery to rules
using the law as a means of acceptance before GOD
keeping the Old Testament ceremonial law
All of the above
We're really set free from so many things. It's a little dangerous to say because it can be misunderstood, but we are actually free from doing anything. We are already forgiven. All of our sin, (and there's a lot of it,) is taken away. We do not have to do anything anymore. Do you feel that way? Why or why not?
Next time we'll look at the dangerous part of the idea of freedom, but we have to really believe that we are free in CHRIST. Paul says that if you think you still have to keep the law, then you are what? (v.4)
This summer, we talked about the idea that you are depending on someone for your salvation: either JESUS or yourself. What we mean is that either you think JESUS did enough to make GOD happy or you think that you can. Paul's point is that if you are trying to keep the Law to please GOD, then you don't need JESUS or grace. Are you depending on yourself or on JESUS?
If we are depending on JESUS, where does our righteousness come from?
by faith in JESUS through the SPIRIT
According to Paul, what 'counts'? see v.6
We see that our faith works itself out through love. Love towards GOD and love towards people. This will help us with the 'dangerous' part of believing that we are free. We are free, but understanding our freedom leads us to love. We might wrestle with loving GOD and loving people, but when we see all that HE has done for us, it does prompt us to love HIM all the more. Take some time and think about the reality of the gospel and the freedom that comes with it. You don't have to answer this question on the form. Do you love GOD?
We are truly free if we know CHRIST. We are not slaves to the Law or to our sin or to satan. We are freed from hell even if in this life, we feel 'shackled' or weighed down. Here's a song from many years ago that illustrates this so beautifully. The song's author was inspired by a man he met that became a CHRISTian while in prison. Again, get your parents permission before watching.
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