I. What Are The Elements?
A. 2 Peter 3:10-13 Building blocks of the universe.II. Our Prior Service To Un-gods
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.
A. Gentiles were enslaved to false godsIII. Why Turn Back?
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
A. Since you areIV. The Danger Of Apostasy
2. Indwelt by the Spirit
B. Don't Turn Back Because
1. The law is weak and beggarly
2. Serving the law is slavery
A. The Apostle's FearConclusion: 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.
B. A Real Danger
C. Legalism Can Turn To Apostasy
D. Salvation Is By Faith Alone In Christ