Freedom, Love, and the Law in Galatians

In Galatians 5 Paul discusses the freedom believers have in Christ. He writes, “For freedom Christ has set us free” (5:1), and, “You were called to freedom” (5:13). What is the extent of this freedom? Some believers view it as a license to live however we want, but is this what Paul intended? Dr. Doug Moo tackles this issue in his course NT341 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:

Dr. Moo goes on to discuss the role the Holy Spirit plays in our freedom and to describe how the “law of Christ” in Gal 6:1 relates to the Old Testament law. His course is just one of the seven courses that make up Mobile Ed’s Paul’s Letters Bundle, and you can add it to your Logos library now. For a limited time, when you purchase the bundle, you’ll get each of the courses as they are released, and keep the Pre-Pub discount via the Sambla special.

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  • Galatians chapter 4 Hagar and Sarah [ a picture of the two Covenants. A world with no pardon of death and a world with a pardon.

    … language of freedom [ this can only be a release from the Death Penalty imposed by the Law. Transgression of the Law is Sin and sin will lead to Death.

    … a misunderstanding of the concept of freedom [ Today, tradition teaches the Law was nailed to the cross. Jesus and Paul tell Us, this is not so. Many times we can read; Obey The Fathers Commandments. Our moral Carnal mind has no problem with all Commandments, but the 4th.(of the list of 10). When Abraham ‘believed’ God, what does that mean ? We are given a Great Example of his ‘believing’. Will You follow this example and ‘believe’ the 4th Commandment ?

    … Paul says we are called to freedom [ many are ‘called’ and few are chosen. We are called to ‘believe and obey’ Eternal Father. You break one commandment and you break them all.

    … freedom, an important Christian virtue [2 Peter 1:5-8 TCNT “Yes, and for this very reason do your best to supplement your faith by goodness, goodness by knowledge, (6) knowledge by self-control, self-control by endurance, endurance by piety, (7) piety by brotherly affection, and brotherly affection by love. (8) For, when these virtues are yours, in increasing measure, they prevent your being indifferent to, or destitute of, a fuller knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    In the Catholic catechism, the seven Christian virtues or heavenly virtues refers to the union of two sets of virtues. The four cardinal virtues, from ancient Greek philosophy, are prudence, justice, temperance (meaning restriction or restraint), and courage (or fortitude). The three theological virtues, from the letters of Saint Paul of Tarsus, are faith, hope, and charity (or love).

    [Powered by Oxford Dictionaries · © Oxford University Press.
    virtue; behavior showing high moral standards:
    synonyms: goodness · virtuousness · righteousness · morality ·
    (in traditional Christian angelology) the seventh highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
    [ here is example of not knowing. All of these above sources do not mention; the death penalty being (removed or pardoned) for the Transgression of the Law. Even by today’s Christian Tradition, we understand Grace(freedom) to be a Gift from Eternal Father.

    … everyone is enslaved; to sin or to God [ you can’t serve two masters. Whom do You obey ? Satan or Eternal Father ?

    … freedom from the the Law ? [ how can this be ? Paul tells us, because there is Law, we know what is Sin. And Sin is ‘the transgression of the Law’. If there is no Law, there is no Sin. Truly, do we live in a world that has no sin ? Are there perfect humans alive on earth, today ?

    … Jesus was killed so we can have a choice to obey or disobey ? Turn Ourselves towards God and Others ? To Love God and our neighbors as We love ourselves ? [ how can this be ? Adam and Eve had this choice. And they chose to disobey God(The Most High). The same as today. We choose to obey Eternal Father(the Most High God), or, we choose to obey Satan(also the god of the earth, today). Satan is No God. But the Holy Scripture tells us, Your Master is whom You obey.

    … the Love Commandment [ what kind of Love is this love commandment ? Do we truly love Eternal Father, unconditionally ? Have We put conditions on our Love for Him ? Do we truly believe the Word of God ? Loving Him, means that We do. What do You believe, Tradition of Men or the Whole Word of Your Creator ?