“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV) For freedom Christ has set us free? This statement sounds somewhat redundant. What is Paul trying to say here? With regards to the law, there are two extremities: irreverent transgression and pious servility. In reality, no one is capable of keeping the law, for to fail at a single point is to be accountable for the entire law. Thus obedience seems futile yet disobedience is facetious. Faith in Christ alone is capable of setting us free from this predicament. We must be reminded that we are no longer slaves to sin nor to the law. Having been released from the law, we are not at liberty to sin, and having been released from sin, we are not constrained to the law. Both the liberty to sin and the constraints of the law are yokes of slavery, but by God’s grace we are released from both. It is for freedom that we are set free!

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