GALATIANS 5

9 Outlines

 

Galatians 5:1-6

GETTING IT RIGHT!

 

THE CHALLENGE – Vs. 1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

 

THE CAUTION – Vss. 2-4

Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. [3] For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. [4] Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

 

THE COMFORT – Vs. 5

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

 

THE CONDITION – Vs. 6

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

 

 

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Galatians 5:13-18

RIGHT LIVING

 

THE WAY – Vss. 13-14

The way is to love one another.

 

THE WARNING – Vs. 15

The warning is against fighting with the brethren.

 

THE WALK – Vs. 16

The walk is to be in the power of the Holy Spirit

 

THE WAR – Vs.17

The war is between the flesh and the spirit.

 

THE WINNER – Vs. 18

The winner is the one who is led by the Spirit

 

 

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Galatians 5:1

STAND FAST!

 

Galatians 5:1 - Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

 

I know a lady who had a very rough childhood. Her father abused and ridiculed her, showing no love to speak of. Her father has passed away, so technically she is free from her father. But because of her failure to forgive, the lady is still in bondage to her father. She still lives with pain.

 

I know another lady who was a schoolteacher. Her first principal mistreated her. She was fired. Since that time, she held other teaching positions very responsibly.  She was free from the first principal, and yet she was not free because she failed to forgive him.  She has a hard, sad countenance.

 

I know a man who wrestled with the doctrine of salvation and finally came to know Christ as Savior.  The man was now free to serve God as a Christian. However, because of a critical spirit, which made him continuously dissatisfied. He really wasn't free.

 

The people I have just mentioned are examples of a difficulty with which all born again Christians wrestle at one time or another.  It is the problem of being set free, but being in bondage. The people I just mentioned were free because they were forgiven. They were free because they were going to Heaven, and free because they had potential victory over sin.  They were free, but they were still in bondage to a critical or unforgiving spirit.

 

In the Book of Galatians Paul deals with a similar problem. The Galatians, who were mostly Gentiles before being saved, were set free from the bondage of sin and the rules and regulations of Gentile religion. But now, they were listening to false teachers called Judaizers, who were teaching the Galatians that they needed to observe Jewish Old Testament Law in order to be good Christians. They were trying to bring the Galatians back into bondage.

 

God has a wonderful plan for the life of every Christian. It is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in freedom all our days.  We are free to do what He wants us to do, when He wants us to do it, and in the way he wants us to do it.  We have freedom to do what is right!

 

God's enemy, Satan, wants us to be in bondage to law keeping, to guilt, to unforgiveness, to a critical spirit, to anger, to worry, to habitual sin of any kind. He wants anything possible to keep us from serving God freely.

 

The good news is that there is freedom from bondage for the Christian.  This freedom is found in Christ as Galatians 5:1 explains.

 

DECLARATION - …Christ hath made us free,

 

When Paul talks about being free he talking to those who have accepted the free gift of salvation found in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12

 

We are free from the penalty of sin. Romans 5:6-9, Romans 8:1-2

We are free from the problem of law keeping. This is the context of Galatians 5:1. We are not dependent upon law keeping to get to Heaven.

We are free from the power of sin. Romans 6:14

When Christ comes we will be free from the presence of sin. 1 John 3:1-2

(The above outline is not original with me. I have seen it often with the exception of the word "problem".)

 

DANGER - …be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

 

Christ had set the Galatians free. But now they were in danger of being entangled or entwined with a yoke. A yoke was a big piece of wood placed around the neck of an animal to keep that animal under control. When the Galatians tried to add law keeping to their faith in Christ, they were putting on a new yoke of bondage. When a person is trying to keep religious law he is in bondage to detail, trying to keep everything perfectly. He is also in bondage to guilt if he breaks that law.

 

There is a better yoke than the yoke of bondage.  There is the yoke of Christ. Matthew 11:28-30

Allow Christ to control you through His Spirit. If He is in control, you will do what is right.  His yoke is easy! His burden is light!

 

DELIVERANCE - … Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,

 

When a person is saved, he is saved by faith. Romans 5:1

The work of the Spirit of God (John 3:1-7, John 16:8-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13) in our lives based on the work of Christ on the cross gave us freedom to serve God properly.  Just as the Spirit of God did the work that convicted us and saved us, the same wonderful Holy Spirit is present to keep us and empower us. Ephesians 1:13-14, Galatians 5:16, 22-23

We are delivered from bondage as we stand fast in the same original liberty that set us free in Christ!  As we stand fast in the control of the Holy Spirit we will delivered from bondage in our daily lives.  Ephesians 5:18

 

 

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Galatians 5:13 etc.

IMPROVING YOUR SERVE

 

According to Galatians 5:13 we are to serve one another.

Other Scriptures including Ephesians 2:10 and Titus 3:8 would verify that the Christian Life is one of service. Even the Great Commission indicates that Christians are to serve. Matthew 28:19-20 tells us to teach all nations, to baptize and to teach those who have trusted Christ. All three of these actions are ways of serving others.

 

Let us consider how we can improve our serve, the way we work in behalf of others.

 

ACKNOWLEDGE CHRIST'S EXAMPLE - John 13:1-17

Our Lord Jesus set the example of service by taking on the lowly task of washing the Disciples' feet. He also indicated that His disciples were to follow His example. Vss. 13-17

 

ACCEPT THE FACT THAT JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE A SERVANT - Mark 10:42-45

The Gentiles exercise great authority over those under them. Vs. 42

It is to be different among believers. The great among Christians are to be servants. Vs.43

And the greatest Christian of all is to be servant of all. Vs. 44

Again, Jesus sets the example. Vs. 45

 

ATTAIN THE ATTITUDE OF A SERVANT - Philippians 2:1-8

The attitude of a servant is manifested in Vss. 1-4

The example of this servant attitude is found in Christ. Vss. 5-8

 

ACT AS A SERVANT OF CHRIST - Galatians 5:13-14

To act as a servant of Christ is to serve others in Love.

Two Biblical examples of serving others in love.

The Philippians served Paul. - Philippians 4:14-16

Onesiphorus - 2 Timothy 1:16-18

 

 

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Galatians 5:13-18

GIVE ME LIBERTY

 

LIBERTY'S CALL - Vs. 13 - "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty;"

 

LIBERTY'S CAUTION - Vs. 13 - "...only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,"

 

LIBERTY'S CONDUCT - Vss. 13-16

1. Serve each other in love. - "...but by love serve one another."

2. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." - Vs. 14

3. Don't "bite and devour". - Vs. 15

4. "Walk in the Spirit." - Vs. 16

 

LIBERTY'S CONFLICT - Vss. 17-18

1. The conflict is between the Spirit and the flesh. - Vs. 17

2. We are to be led by the Spirit. - Vs. 18

 

 

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Galatians 5:16-21

STAY OUT OF THE MUD!

 

Children like to play. If we are wise parents, we let children play.  We let the boys play with trucks and cars, and the girls with dolls and house stuff.  We allow both to play outside on swings and slides and we encourage them to play games such as "hide and seek" and "tag".  However, there is at least one place I never wanted my children to play, and that was in the mud!  Mud is dirty. Mud is filthy. Mud leaves tracks on carpets and floors. Mud produces extra baths and extra loads of dirty clothes to wash.  I would advise any children, "Stay out of the mud!"

 

Our heavenly Father has the same desire for His children. He wants us to stay out of the mud called sin! See 1 John 1:5-2:2.

 

Our text shows us how to stay out of the mud, and some specific sins to avoid if we are going to remain pure.

 

THE SURE WAY - Galatians 5:16 - "Walk In The Spirit"

 

THE SURE WARFARE - Galatians 5:17-18 - The war is between the "flesh" and "the Spirit". As I am led by the Spirit, I will win the war.

 

THE SURE WARNING - Vss. 19-21 - Here is a list of sins to avoid.

 

 

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Galatians 5:19-26

CONTRASTING LIFE STYLES

 

There are two ways to live the Christian life. One way, following the leadership of "the flesh" is the wrong way.  The other way, following the leadership of the Holy Spirit is the right way.

 

WORKS OF THE FLESH Vss. 19-21

WEALTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT Vss. 22-23

WALK IN THE SPIRIT Vss. 24-26

 

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Galatians 5:22-23

CHAMPIONS OF THE SPIRIT

 

(This will probably work best as a Sunday School Lesson.  I would hand out notes, so the class can follow along and also have the Scripture references for future use.  This lesson also lends itself well to discussion.  You can ask them to figure out how each example exemplified that particular fruit of the Spirit.  For instance, have them share how Mary demonstrated love, or Joseph longsuffering.  Have the class think of other Biblical examples besides the ones you have given.)

 

This passage gives us the "fruit of the Spirit."  In the Bible, there are people who demonstrated each part of the fruit during some portion of their lives.

 

LOVE - MARY - Luke 10:38-42, John 12:1-8

 

JOY - PAUL AND SILAS - Acts 16:19-25

 

PEACE - DANIEL - Daniel seemed to be always at peace when in difficult situations. Daniel 1,2,5,6

 

LONGSUFFERING - JOSEPH - Genesis 39-41

 

GENTLENESS - RUTH - Ruth 1-4

 

GOODNESS - Onesiphorus - 2 Timothy 1:15-18

 

FAITH - STEPHEN - Acts 6-7

 

MEEKNESS - MOSES - Numbers 12

 

TEMPERANCE (SELF-CONTROL) - DAVID - He had two opportunities to kill his enemy Saul and didn't.  2 Samuel 24 and 26.

 

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Galatians 5:22-26

THE SPIRIT CONTROLLED LIFE

 

Ephesians 5:18 tells us to be filled, or controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-26 elaborates on this idea.

 

THE WORTH OF THE SPIRIT CONTROLLED LIFE Vss. 22-23

THE WALK OF THE SPIRIT CONTROLLED LIFE Vss. 24-25

THE WARNING OF HINDRANCES TO THE SPIRIT CONTROLLED LIFE Vs. 26

 

 

 

 

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