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From KJV Galatians 5:1-26

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.
Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Galatians 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Galatians 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
Galatians 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
Galatians 5:8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Galatians 5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
Galatians 5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

M L Bergen Posted: Monday, September 27 2004 11:41 pm
Post subject: Liberty
User Location: Joplin, MO
The first two words of Galatians chapter 5 are "Stand fast". We should know right off the bat that this is not passive instruction. However, the command goes on to say "Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath (past tense) made us free...".

First of all, I believe most of us would prefer that liberty would simply come upon us by default. That if we could simply rid ourselves of the bondage of the flesh and the world, we could peacefully rest in liberty. No further effort required. Nothing could be further from the truth.

To abide in liberty requires an act of standing fast, or firm; unmovable. The truth is, Christ is not going to make us free... he already has. It is our job to firmly stand in that liberty.

Our duty is found in John chapter 8, verse 31 & 32: "If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

We must actively continue in the Lord's Word. Feed upon it, meditate upon, become a doer of it. This is what the apostle James refers to as "looking into the perfect law of liberty, and continuing therein..." James 1:25. The word becomes the "perfect law of liberty" as we continue in it and absorb it into our spirits.

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