When Christ freed us, He meant us to remain free. Galatians 5:1
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 6:36
Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery [bondage]. Gal.5:2
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Mathew 11:29
It is I Paul, who tells you this: if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all. With all solemnity I repeat my warning: Everyone who accepts circumcision is obliged to keep the whole Law. But if you do look to the Law to make you justified, then you have separated yourselves from Christ, and have fallen from grace. Gal.5:2-5
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:23-25
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb.11:1
Christians are told by the Spirit to look to faith for those rewards that righteousness hopes for, [‘The righteousness that was hoped for’] since in Christ Jesus whether you are circumcised or not makes no difference– what matters is faith that makes its power felt through love. Gal.5:6
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 1Cor. 7:19
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love]. 1Cor. 13:13
So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:12 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? James 2:14 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:17
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Rom.3:31
Faith alone cannot save us, works alone cannot either, it needs to be both. Through one’s actions and mannerism, being Christ-like is what shows both outwardly to people and inwardly to God that one is walking in faith. The law points us our sins, keeping the commandments shows the fruits of the Spirit in us for we walk in the Spirit, not the flesh.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal. 5:16-23
My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarized a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Rom. 6:14-18
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 1Peter 2:16
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Rom 13: 8-14
Let me put it like this: if you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Gal. 5:13-25
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom. 8:14
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Cor. 3:17
Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit. We must stop being conceited, provocative and envious. Gal. 5:26
Let each of you examine his own conduct; if you find anything to boast about, it will at least be something of your own, not just something better than your neighbor has. Everyone has his own burden to carry. Gal. 6:4,5
Don’t delude yourself into thinking God can be cheated: where a man sows, there he reaps: if he sows in the field of self-indulgence he will get a harvest of corruption out of it; if he sows in the field of the Spirit he will get from it a harvest of eternal life. We must never get tired of doing good because if we don’t give up the struggle we shall get our harvest at the proper time. While we have the chance, we must do good to all, and especially to our brothers in the faith. Gal. 6:7-10
May The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, my brothers (and sisters). In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen. Gal. 6:18
Let liberty stand in the faith of Jesus Christ / Yeshua HaMashiach, the Anointed One.
*The Jerusalem Bible & the New King James Bible were used interchangeably through out. KJB used by way of Bible Gateway site: https://www.biblegateway.com/
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