Galatians 5:13-15 Liberty vs Law

Galatians 5:13-15 (KJV)
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

The book to the churches of Galatia is written almost entirely to dispel the errors of Judaizers who, in Paul’s day, had confused the purpose of Old Testament law. In these three verses we find:
Liberty vs Law
We are set free from the law so far as salvation is concerned. We are, however, to be careful not to allow our liberty to be license. I am afraid we have far too much license in modern Christianity.

The fulfillment of the Law
In one Old Testament law, love our neighbor as ourselves. Genuine love will, it seems to me, compel us to embrace those lessons of the Old Testament (and New) that make for neighborly action.

A warning concerning disobedience
To live by the Law means to be judged by the Law rather than having already been judged in Christ. But to reject this commandment “Love thy neighbor as thyself” sets one at risk of being consumed in the judgment of others.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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