Old Doxoblogy

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Galatians 4:8-11

Introduction: Exhortation to continue in faith and not turn back.

I. What Are The Elements?
A. 2 Peter 3:10-13 Building blocks of the universe.

B. Hebrews 5:12 The first things of Christianity.

C. Colossians 2:8-9, 20 -23 The 'elements of the world' are human philosophies and religion that emphasize works over grace. They are usually associated with false gods.

D. Galatians 4:3, 9 The elements refer both to pagan gods and their worship and the law. Paul compares the two in order to show the Galatians that when they had not formerly known the true God they were involved in a religion of works. Through faith, they had now come to know the true God and sought Him by grace. But now they were returning to a basic system of works salvation by allowing the Judaizers to turn them to the law.
II. Our Prior Service To Un-gods
A. Gentiles were enslaved to false gods

B. The law had become god for the Jews since they were depending on it for salvation

C. Both observed days, months, seasons, and years
III. Why Turn Back?
A. Since you are
1. Justified
2. Indwelt by the Spirit

3. Redeemed

4. Adopted

5. Heirs

B. Don't Turn Back Because
1. The law is weak and beggarly
2. Serving the law is slavery
IV. The Danger Of Apostasy
A. The Apostle's Fear

B. A Real Danger

C. Legalism Can Turn To Apostasy

D. Salvation Is By Faith Alone In Christ
Conclusion: Don't turn to the law for justification, sanctification, inheritance, or any other blessing. These all come by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

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