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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bible Verse Sunday #80

In this eightieth installment of Bible Verse Sunday, we will be examining Galatians 5:1:

"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."

This verse is an exhortation by Paul to the church in Galatia to not revert to being slaves of sin. Christ has set us free from the chains of sin, so that we are free in Christ. Free from the short-term pleasures of the world, free from immoral pursuits and their inevitable repercussions, free from sin. These things have a natural "yoke of slavery" over the unsaved, but Christ has won the battle to free them from it. His yoke, in contrast, is easy, and his burden is light.

In church today, the pastor continued in our study in the book of Romans, where we further discussed Israel's role in the present day and the end times. Specifically, he said that God has only partially rejected Israel in favor of the Gentiles, but will bring them back into his family at the end of time, where all Israel will accept Jesus Christ as Lord. This is so that our own lost world will be saved, and so that God's grace will be magnified. On a final note, he warned us not to be boastful about our salvation over that of Israel, but to be humbly grateful for God's extension of grace to we the Gentiles.