Real Liberty in Christ Jesus – Part One

Message preached on the Sunday 2nd 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.

If I talk of the REAL LIBERTY then it means we have fake LIBERTY. Any liberty that you have not obtained by the simplicity that is in the gospel of Jesus Christ is fake liberty because it will not last.

For example, if you think it is your pastor that works miracle for you or made you get whatever Christ with His own blood paid for then you will have to keep sustaining that miracle by worshiping that pastor, sow seed or be at his command to sustain the miracle. That is why some people find it difficult to leave a church because the pastor told them if you leave you will be cursed or run down and loose whatever you got while in such a ministry. That is not TRUE! It is a LIE of the highest order.

Hear this! 1 Cor 4:7 says – For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

James 1:17 says – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. John said – Joh 3:27 – John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. {receive: or, take unto himself}

Meaning no one can make you have anything except God has given it to you. It is not about the man who did it is about God. Even if the man refused to do it God will still use another person. If a Pastor refused to Pray for you another one will still be sent by God to Pray for you and the miracle will still happen and by the way you do not even need a pastor to pray for you before you get your breakthrough it is not the original plan of God for the believer this is how I know from the following scriptures.

Heb 10:37 says – For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (Meaning Whatever will happen will happen) ok! In Mathew 3:9 John said – And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. In other words, whatever God is set to accomplish it will be done. If someone refused to be used of him He will use another one.

But above all you have access to God and you need no mediator but a mentor – Ok – 1Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; That was why Jesus came and died so that we can have direct access to God through HIM – John 14:6. Now we are sons of God – 1 John 3:1-2, Gal 4:6, Rom 8:15, John 1:11-12.

We can also work miracles and heal people etc. it is not a duty for the pastors. But laziness and ignorance have kept us at the mercies of the pastors or Church leaders and that makes some of them enslave and burden us. Mk 16:16-18 / Matt 16:19 / Lk 21:15 / James 4:7. All these scriptures are not sent to a pastor or bishop or deacons No! They are for every believer. Ok – John 1:11-12 is for all believers ok. Lk 10:19 is for all believers.

From the above Scriptures, we read in Galatians 5:1-6. A lot of issues are there that we can talk about but let us narrow it down to two issues based on the topic of this teaching ok! Paul made it clear in verse one that Christ has already made us free (Liberty) not that He is going to make us free but we can only access this liberty or freedom through FAITH according to verse 6.

John 8:36 – Jesus hath set us free and we are free indeed. Halleluyah! We are not going to be free, we are presently free even as we go through the challenges we are going through as a free man or woman. Hey! This sounds strange in your eyes maybe, but that is the truth according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rom 8:15

Gal 4:4-6 – But when the fullness of the time has come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Please do not entangle yourself with the yoke of bondage again from where Christ has set you free – Gal 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Col 2:4-10 and 18-19. – And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8 Beware lest any man spoils you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 16 ¶ Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Jesus gave you liberty the choice is yours either to live the life of liberty of that of Bondage. It is a matter of Choice! – Moses told the Israelites in Deut 30:19 that “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live:” It is the same Jesus did. It is a choice for you to live the life you have in Christ Jesus or not.

Here is one of the reasons why we are put in the bondage of religion because of Old Testament scriptures. Not that Old Testament scriptures are wrong but a lot of stuff there is out of an application that is it is obsolete or better said has been fulfilled by the reason of birth, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is called the New Covenant. So the issue is the wrong application. John 5:39-40. We shall talk more about this before the end of this teaching. Don’t get bordered about that for now.

Listen we follow Christ that is why we are called Christian so we must understand the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Jesus Said I am the way …. Not Moses nor Elijah etc. – John 14:6. In Mathew 17:1-9 – God emphatically said you must not listen or follow Elijah or Moses but Christ. See VERSE 5 – While he is yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Hearing Moses against Jesus is a sign that you are an ignorant son of God. A lot, for example, do quote Moses in Exodus 22:18 that he says “suffer not a witch to live” and then you begin to pray for your enemies to die… Hey! That is against the saying of Jesus that “he does not want the death of a sinner” – 2 Peter 3:9, Mathew 5:43-48  (KJV) – 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Jesus said that “there is joy in heaven because of a sinner that repented”. But you don’t want them to repent but to die? Oh my God, you are an antichrist then you need to repent. Antichrist means not aligning your pattern of belief or lifestyle with that of Jesus Christ that is you are against Him. Jesu even said give them food, bless them and curse them not.

In Mathew 5:43-48. But you refused to hear Jesus but you want to obey Moses and Elijah despite God said Hear Jesus against Elijah and Moses on the mountain of transfiguration when they both appear to Jesus – Mathew 17:1-9. Tell me if Elijah dies for you? or He was the one who saved you to become a Christian? Why should any other leader or mentor seeing in the Bible history be your priority to follow against the words of Jesus Christ our Lord and our savior?

Hear me friends you cannot disobey Jesus and obey anything or words from Old Testament men of God or leaders either Prophet or whoever. The New is better and it is of Christ than the Old! Jesus did not leave us in the dark about our position and all that He did for us. But we have chosen not to know – and we live in our ignorance. That is what this ministry is revealing to the world at LIGHT ARENA. We want you to know the plan of God for your life, What He did freely for you and we want to make you enjoy it to the fullest without being put in the bondage by either Law, Men or Satan.

Paul said “That you may know those things that are freely given to you in Christ” – 1 Cor 2:12 –Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Phil 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.

Col 2:10 – And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: The Apostle who came under him also did their best to make us know.

But it is like some of us have totally refused to know and when there is no knowledge there will be bondage. Isaiah 11:9 – 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. / Hosea 4:6 / Psalms 82:5-7 – They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6 ¶ I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Get yourself free for Christ has already set you free. Amen – Gal 5:13, 18, 1 John 5:20. These scriptures confirmed that we are actually free. But we must not use it to commit SIN ok! I will talk about that later in this series. Because I have heard some saying under grace there is no SIN! That is a big lie from the pit of hell. Sin is not DEAD! If you walk around it you will commit it despite your speaking in tongues or spirituality. Paul said FLEE!

Hear this Jesus did not remove sin from the world He only gave us dominion over Sin – Rom 6:14 / He gave us His spirit that leads us and makes us avoid or flee from Sin – Rom 8:14. That is the acid test for being a true son of God that you are led by His spirit. And the Holy Spirit cannot lead you to fornicate or steal or what do you think?

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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