23 Sermons: Galatians: Broken by His Cross, Healed by His Spirit
The freest people in the world are those who submit most fully to the authority of Christ in Scripture.
There is one, and only one, gospel. It is therefore astonishing--and tragic--to turn away from it and lose both God and his grace.
To try to explain the change from Paul's pre-conversion persecution to his post-conversion passion for the gospel merely by the work of men is to grasp at a straw.
Very few people today stand up and praise the unity and coherence of truth.
When you finally hear and believe the drumbeat of the gospel, the rhythm of your step changes. There is a life in step with the gospel, and there is a life out of step with the gospel.
The transgression against God is to presume that you can climb your way up a ladder of morality into his favor.
The essential mark of a Christian is not how far you have progressed in sanctification, but on what you are relying to get there.
The central concern of your life is to ensure that you are a child of Abraham.
When Christ experienced the curse of the law on the cross it was not his own but ours.
It would be terribly wrong to say that the Mosaic law was opposed in its teaching to the Abrahamic covenant.
If we don't understand why the law was given, we can kill ourselves with it.
When you entrust yourself to Christ you honor him, and he would be denying himself to turn you away.
If Satan can't get you to disobey God's commands, then he'll try to make you obey them with the wrong spirit.
We are freed from the burden of the law when we are given the power to fulfill it from within. And that happens when Christ is formed in us.
For Paul, the experience of freedom is not icing on the cake of Christianity. Freedom in Christ is Christianity.
Your enjoyment of freedom is much more important to God than many of the day-to-day decisions that fill us with so much concern.
Being a loving person is absolutely essential to being saved, because the faith which saves by its very essence works through love.
Freedom flows forth in love just as surely as a bubbling spring flows forth in a mountain stream.
A Christian is not a person who experiences no bad desires. A Christian is a person who is at war with those desires by the power of the Spirit.
People who bear the fruit of the Spirit know they are worthy only of condemnation. They know that the only pay they can earn is the wrath of God.
If we really care about a person's ultimate welfare, we will confront them with their sin as well as comfort them in their trouble.
When you get your paycheck, do you look to the Spirit for how to use this money for God's kingdom?
The mindset of the new creation does not just agree that Christ died for sinners; it glories in the cross.