The Christian is free indeed! This is the whole reason that Jesus Christ died according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures: it was for freedom that Christ set us free! This is Paul the apostle’s claim and what a truth claim it is! Too many times we bind ourselves either to a legalistic mindset or to a licentious mindset. Both of these are absolute killers of the faith that we place in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. As a matter of fact, committing ourselves to either legalism or licentiousness we change the very Gospel of Jesus Christ by saying that we either have to keep the Mosaic Law for salvation or that we can still be saved by Christ and live any way that we please. Paul on the other hand says that we are waiting for the hope of righteousness that is found only in Christ Jesus. (You can listen to the message here, however, there is a 38 second silent spot at the beginning of the track: http://wpc.473a.edgecastcdn.net/80473A/spcdn/sermon_sto2_fast/deniliojgorena/audio/1199884850_103883.mp3/play.)
What a great start to a great week! On Sunday morning, November 11, 2012, the topic was Paul the apostle’s application of what he had been writing to the Galatians. They were truly going astray as they were leaving what they had believed — the Gospel of Jesus Christ — and were turning to the Mosaic Law. This happening still occurs in the Church today. Legalism comes to the forefront of some Christians whether it is intentional or not. The problem with legalism is that it changes the very message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If He is not sufficient for salvation, then certainly the Law cannot be sufficient. After all, if you live by the Law you will be judged by the Law. And this means that you will utterly fail because no one is able to keep the Law perfectly.
Paul instead says that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is sufficient! By faith a person is justified. By faith a person is declared to be righteous in Jesus Christ. There is nothing else necessary for salvation. (You can listen to the message here: http://wpc.473a.edgecastcdn.net/80473A/spcdn/sermon_sto2_fast/deniliojgorena/audio/1199884847_103883.mp3/play.)
Here’s a sermon entitled What To Do Now That the Election Is Over that was preached November 7, 2012. Hopefully it will be a blessing to you as you listen to these encouraging words of how we should walk in the Lord Jesus Christ whether we like the results of Election 2012 or not.