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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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February 8, 2013 - A Charter of Christian Freedom

By Doug Clay

Why would a slave, who was once free, go back to living in bondage?

That's exactly what the apostle Paul wanted to know about the Galatians.

"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel" (Galatians 1:6, NIV).

Paul could not understand how or why people would give up their freedom in Christ and go back to the bondage of Law.

Some people think freedom comes by just keeping rules — keep the Ten Commandments, obey the Golden Rule, light a candle, say a prayer, etc. But rule-keeping in and of itself is not enough.

Others say freedom comes by throwing out all the rules and getting all you can and canning all you get! "Do what you want. If it feels good, do it. You only go around once in life."

But neither legalism nor a license to do what you want will bring you freedom. True freedom comes from Christ.

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36).

People who always want to add something to finding freedom should remember ...

"God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children" (Galatians 4:5, NLT).

People who want to use their freedom to do whatever they want should remember ...

"For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love" (Galatians 5:13).

The gospel is a charter of Christian freedom, but it gets undermined and diluted when we make salvation a human accomplishment instead of a miraculous act of grace by God himself.

"So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law" (Galatians 5:1).

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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