Sunday, 1st September 2019
Rev Daniel Poon
1. TO HAVE FREEDOM
Paul commanded the church of Galatians to stand firm in the freedom from Christ. Our freedom is from Jesus Christ, as He says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) and “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
So what is this freedom Jesus talks about? In Galatians 5:1-24, we see two commands, one command us to “stand firm”, and to “not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” The freedom of Christ is opposite to being burdened by a yoke of slavery.
We were in the yoke of slavery and Christ has set us free so that we can stand firm in Christ, and that is freedom.
a. Rid of the yoke of the laws (Galatians 5:1-12)
b. Rid of the yoke of death and sin (Romans 6:22-23, 7:23-25)
c. Rid of the yoke of Satan (Ezekiel 1:13-14)
d. Rid of the yoke of the world (Exodus 19:4, 3:18, 20:1-2)
2. TO HAVE SELF-CONTROL
a. Freedom is not to indulge the flesh (Galatians 5:13-15)
What is self-control? It is the ability to control our emotions and desires of the flesh. When we make choices freely, we don’t do whatever we want, but to be able to overcome the emotions and desires within us. We can choose to go back and live in sins, but today we can receive victory. God wants to give us the freedom to choose to ‘say no’ to sin and chose to follow the Holy Spirit.
b. To walk in the Holy Spirit and bear Fruits (Galatians 5:16-24)
When we are able to reject the desires of the flesh, then we can follow the Holy Spirit. In our body there is two laws, one is the law of sin, the law of the flesh, and the other one is the law of the Holy Spirit, which God has given to us when we accepted Christ to our lives. There is always the darkness and light, and the darkness wants us to sin, yet we have the freedom to say no.
When we chose the Holy Spirit, then we are able to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and to have the ability to say no to sin, to the world, and to the devil.