Real Liberty in Christ Jesus – Part Two

Message Preached on Sunday 9th June, 2019

Text: Galatians 5:1-6 (KJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
Christ has become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.

Paul Said “that you may know” – We have to know and you deserve to know. Not knowing will make you be knocked down with so many things that do not worth it naturally and spiritually. Jesus said we have to know –so that we can stay free and enjoy the liberty He brought to us. – Romans 8:32 – He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

His coming was to enlighten us and make us know so that we can enjoy Him – 1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life

John 17:2 -3 –  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

It is a major prayer that a believer of Christ Jesus must engage daily and the prayer a good leader must continually make for his followers or hearers so that their knowledge of Christ Jesus can be on the increase daily. If that happens breakthrough and deliverance and testimonies will be a daily occurrence.

Ephesian 1:16-21 – 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what the hope of his calling is, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, {his mighty power: Gr. the might of his power} 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Last Sunday we concluded that …..A man in Christ is a free man. He is not going to be free but already free. I believe you agree with me? Ok. Simply because Jesus paid for it not us. No! – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which is God’s.

Hebrews 9:12 – Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 12:22-24

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 (KJV). A man in Christ Jesus have every good thing and he is complete in Christ Jesus. Col 2:10. Ephesians 1:3 says Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 2 Peter 1:3-4

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:56-57 – Now the question is this… why are we in troubles then? If we are free why are we being entangled with yoke of burdens? The answer is in Galatians 5:1 see it here….Galatians 5:1 (KJV) – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Meaning that we are the one who can permit ourselves to be put under any bondage.

It is a choice! God will not force anything on us. Lack of adequate and complete knowledge of the finished work of Jesus Christ that sets us free is the reason we have been coming under bondage either of the Law or of men or of the devil and of sin we shall look into all of them in this teaching.  I tell you ignorance is the major bondage. On the foundation of the bondage of ignorance is built other forms of bondage.

You must do all to learn so as to know and you deserve to know that is why this teaching is coming to you right now. It is painful and costly not to have the right knowledge. Isaiah said “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” – Isaiah 9:11 (KJV). Hosea says my people are destroyed because they have no right knowledge ….Hosea 4:6.

Galatians 5:1 says we should stand fast and be not entangled with the yoke of bondage where we have been delivered from by Christ Jesus… meaning it is our responsibility to resist bondage. If we do not resist it we shall be entangled with it. But how? Through knowledge. Know what freely is given to us by Christ –

1 Corinthians 2:12 and stay walking in it – Philemon 1:6 – That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:32 – He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?.

And now we are applying John 19:30 wrongly. IT IS FINISHED! What actually was Jesus talking about? What was in His mind when He said “It is finished? Do not forget that Jesus did not come primarily to make us get married or to make us rich or to make us be healed… All these He did as a miracle to give Him access to the heart of people so that His gospel can get attention and work out salvation in the lives of the people.

That is the reason why we keep having problems and the problems are not going away simply because we are wrongly applying the word of God especially as related to this verse of the Bible in John 19:30. What Jesus was telling the world while on the Cross before He died was that I have finished the work of Salvation and whosoever believes on Him then He will be saved to enjoy everything that I have worked for!

It means it is what you do with the finished work of grace called Salvation that you can only be accessed by faith that determines what you can get in Christ Jesus, yet He completed all but without faith, no one will access it. Colossians 2:10 / Gal 5:6 / Mk 9:23 / Mk 11:22-24.

That is why we still have problems even after receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. But some of us were told that all our problems are finished if only we can be born again but problems are still there even after that we became born-again! What happened? It is what you do with the package that determines what you get. Faith is the difference.

It is finished according to John 19:30 means the provisions are made and it is complete if you apply the provision when challenges come you will overcome – 1 John 5:4. Being a Christian does not eliminate you from the reach of challenges because challenges have it is own benefits! Ok. And one of the benefits is that through it the name of the Lord is glorified. His acts are made known and unbelievers can believe him as the believers trust him more and praise him.

Note that God is not an author of problems. He will never bring problem to you do not be deceived to accuse God wrongly – 1 Timothy 4:4 (KJV) – For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: Psalms 107:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endure forever. John 10:10 says The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.

So it means that if it is bad it is not God. Yes, He did so many bad things in the Old Testament. But you will not see that in the New Testament account because His nature has changed but He remains the same – Heb 13:8.

His approach to life and men changed by the love he has that made him sent his only begotten son to die for us to be redeemed. See what James said here…James 1:16-17 (KJV) – Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variables, neither shadow of turning.

If it is bad please it is not God that we serve. Our God is good and He is always Good there is no bad in Him. Wash your mind away from his acts in Old Testament he is no more that type of that God anymore He is now loving, and caring, forgiven and patients, wanting a change than he was before. There are a lot of differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament

Some things we go through are for the glory of God to be revealed – John 9:3 (1-7). While some are meant to teach us lessons because of our act of indiscipline or stupidity or other personal cause. No problem is from God I believe you know that and at the same time not all problems are from the devil, a lot are personally caused.

People of God we are saved to enjoy victory over SIN, over demons, over all things either in heaven or on the earth. We are to dominate – Ephesians 2:5-6 / Ephesians 1:20-21. 2 Cor 5:17. But this is by Faith and faith alone.  Do not enslave yourself or allow anyone to enslave you either in the name of religion, finances, or what to eat, drink and wear, We have the liberty of the spirit. Please take note of my word I said we have the liberty of the spirit – Rom 8:1-2 & 14-15. Gal 5:1, 13 &18. And the spirit can never lead you to do the wrong thing.

Yes, we have all things ready for us in Christ Jesus – Ephesians 1:3 / 2 Peter 1:3-4. But accessible by Faith – 1 John 5:4 – “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”.

Take note of 1 John 5:4 carefully: The summary is that we are saved by faith – Ephe 2:5-9 / Rom 10:8-10. Justified by faith – Rom 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: / Rom 3: 28 – Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. And Glorified by faith – John 11:40 / Mark 9:23 / Mathew 9:29. So without FAITH, there will be no way to enjoy this life of liberty in Christ.

Hey! Please repeat after me this confession… I am free! Halleluyah! I am not going to be free I am free because I have believed on the name of the son of God Jesus Christ as my lord and savior halleluyah!

We are free! Wow! All believers in Christ are free, glory to Jesus. We are free to pray as we choose and like no protocol – Why? Rom 8:26-27. Close your eyes, open your eyes, stand up, kneel down, and Go to the mountain to pray or valley, sow seed or whatever are no more a condition for answered prayer.

They are simply a religion. But we are free from religion to serve the living God, Paul said – I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. – 1 Timothy 2:8.

We are free to do and undo as we are led by His Spirit – Rom 8:14. Note my word as you are led by the Holy Spirit because as many that are led by the Holy Spirit are the sons of God and also are free from the law (Religion) – Rom 8:14 / Galatians 5:18.

You are I are free to have whatever we want to have – Halleluyah! – Why? Because as He is so are we here on earth -1 John 4:17 / 2 Peter 1:3. Meaning what Jesus cannot suffer we cannot suffer, what Jesus cannot be denied we should not be denied. If He cannot be sick then we cannot be sick, if He cannot die then we cannot and if He cannot be poor then we also can never be poor but mind you these will not just happen because you go to church or pray or fast or give money or whatever other than that you BELIEVE (FAITH).  

You are I are free to enjoy the life of Christ not the type – 1 John 4:17 / Gal 4:6. We have the same spirit and life of Christ in us. Please feel free to enjoy life, you are an ambassador for Jesus on earth – 2 Cor 5:19-20.

You do not need to call Jesus to come down to do anything that is why you are here go ahead and do it! – He said whatsoever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven or whatever you loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven – Mt 16:19 / Mk 16:16-18 / Mk 9:23. Put your Faith to work that is the engine room of breakthrough in Christ Jesus nothing else.

We are very free to access God without going through anybody. Not even a pastor or bishop or whoever. 1Tim 2:5 says “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” John 14:6 Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Not through anyone. Get yourself free Christ has already set you free at no cost from you it cost Him all.

You and I are free to work miracles …. Hey! Anyone can do it! That is the will of God. Get it into yourself right now. Mathew 11:28-30 / John 14:12-14 / Mk 16:16-18 / Mathew 16:19.

I mean anyone who believes on Christ including you. Do not be enslaved by anyone in the name of miracles. It cost you Faith in the name of Jesus Christ to get all that you want in life in Christ Jesus without running after anyone, I mean anyone either carnal or spiritual person

Say with me “I am free to use the power of Christ” — No need of prayer to use it or fasting if you believe it you just use it … Halleluiah… Amen – Matt 16:19 / LK 21:15 / Mk 16:17-18

We are free to overcome SIN – Rom 6:14 / 1 John 3:8-9 / Rom 8:1-2. Do not tell me God understands! No – Mathew 5:48 says be ye perfect meaning it is possible to stay away from imperfection called SIN though it is a process I agree with you we can keep growing because that is the will of God for us. – 1 Thess 4:3.

1 John 5:8-9 says “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Grace is not a permission to commit sin but a power to be free and overcome SIN see it here – For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; – Titus 2:11-12

We are free from THE LAW – Free from MOSES – Halleluyah! – John 1:17 / Gal 5:18 / Rom 8:2. Paul said we should not allow anyone to judge us as long as we know we are walking by the Spirit – Col 2:16-17. No! Because we are free!

We are FREE! CHRIST MADE US FREE! Glory to HIM. Free from Satanic AFFLICTIONS – James 4:7b / Matt 16:19 / Lk 10:19 / 21:15. But it is ONLY DO-ABLE or ENJOYABLE or ACCESSIBLE by FAITH ONLY!

FAITH in Christ not any other – Mk 11:22 / John 14:12/

Gal 2:16 says “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified”. In Php 3:9 Paul said “And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith”:

What is the implication of this teaching?

It is very simple.

  1. We have freedom in Christ Jesus called Liberty. – Galatians 5:1, 13, 18
  2. It takes only Faith to access it – Rom 5:1-2 / Gal 5:6

By only faith, the breakthrough is accessed in Christ Jesus. That is the way to enjoy the freedom that is in Christ Jesus. That is the way to escape bondage that you have been saved from forever – Gal 5:1 / Rom 8:15

We shall continue from here in the next teaching. ……

Message by Pastor Bakare Stephen, The Lead Pastor, Light Arena Ministries. Stay blessed forever in Jesus mighty name.

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