INTRODUCTION. Christian liberty is incompatible with legalism. In this week’s lesson, Paul gives numerous reasons why the grace-liberated Christian should not revert to keeping the law. Even though Paul was a Roman citizen (see Acts 16:37), he never enjoyed the kinds of freedoms that millions enjoy in our modern free world. Slavery saturated the ancient world, and Paul recognized the value of freedom (see I Corinthians 7:21). No one who has tasted the benefits of liberty would want to return to slavery; yet that was exactly what the Galatian believers seemed to be doing. Having tasted liberty through the preaching of the gospel, they were casting it aside to be enslaved again by the law.
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