Do You Desire Bondage Again?

Galatians 4:8-11 KJV

8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

You might say to me that the title of this post is a really silly question. Who in their right mind would desire to go back into bondage after they have been freed? Why would anyone choose to come out from under God’s grace and enter back into a world they were in before God’s graced touch them? Obviously, Paul asks this question to the Galatians because he sees that this is happened. And the same thing can happen to us.

All indications are the Galatian Jews Paul is addressing have fallen for the teaching of the Judaizers. At first, they had accepted his message of grace through faith as the way to salvation. But the Judaizers came in and told them that circumcision was still necessary. In other words, they still had to follow portions of the law in order to be saved. We have shown over and over again that this is not true. Nor can it be true or Christ died in vain. If you haven’t followed this blog you might want to go back through the beginning studies of Galatians to seek this out.

The Galatians themselves we’re following other gods at the time that Paul came there. Would any of them choose to come out from under God’s grace and fall back into the world that they were in before God’s grace touched them? These Galatians formerly followed gods that were no gods according to Paul. The resources I read said that they had a bunch of superstitions and beliefs that were grounded from various sects of the day. It was not one god that they worshipped like Diana or Ashtaroth. It was many construed beliefs that they followed in religious form. That is why Paul says that they worshiped those who by nature are no gods. It is not that Paul recognizes any of these other gods as being the true God. But he does recognize that to these people that would be considered gods.

He asked them a straightforward question. Since they have now known God through his preaching and they are also known of God, why would they turn again to worship basic elements of life? Why would they want to worship the creation instead of the Creator? Why would they want to go back into that kind of bondage when they have been set free in Christ? Their worship of the Pagan calendar had started up again. Paul fears that his labor in the gospel was in vain on them.

So how does this apply to us? It’s really quite simple and you have probably figured it out by now. In case you haven’t I hope I can help. Once we have accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ it is up to us to continue to walk in the light. That is walking the revealed word of God to us. After we have been saved it is up to us to work out our salvation and we have talked to you about this extensively. That means doing the works that show others that we are Christian. That also means that we have turned aside from our old ways. Ways that put us into the bondage of sin.

So now that we have come to this freedom, why do we walk back into sin? Why do we give in to temptation in various areas of our lives? Why does lust begin to make itself known once again in our internet habits? Why does gossip and backbiting seem to be okay now but it is strictly forbidden in Scripture? Why do we lie and cheat and steal? Why do we covet those things that others have? Why do we commit adultery by looking at others with lust?

The free will that God gives us allows us to do these things if we choose. God prefers that we choose Him. All of these things are walking back into the sin that we have already been delivered from. Any of these things, if they remain without repentance, can lead us to a place where we lose our heavenly home. Sin cannot enter into heaven. There is no place for it there. Only those who have all of their sins covered by the blood will enter there. (I Cor 6:9-10, Gal 5:19-21, Rev 12:11, Rev 21:8, Rev 21:27)

Only those who have turned from their sin and are doing the work of the Father will enter His Kingdom. He has provided His son to secure our salvation and taught us through that same Son the works that we should do. The sermon on the mount provides a long outline of what we should be doing (Matt 5-7). A quick review shows us:

5:1-12 – Attitudes that we should have
5:13-16 – We should be salt and light to the world
5:17-20 – Righteousness exceeding that of the Pharisees
5:21-48 – Ways we should act toward others
6:1-4 – Giving alms
6:5-13 – Prayer
6:14-15 – Forgiveness
6:16-18 – Fasting
6:19-24 – Where our treasure should be
6:25-32 – The cares of this world
6:33 – Seeking God
6:34 – Tomorrow
7:1-6 – Judging
7:7-11 – Prayer
7:12 – Do unto others
7:13-19 – Enter the straight gate
7:20-23 – Who will enter
7:24-28 – Building our house on the rock

As you can see, there is a lot of information Jesus gives us here that we must be adhering to once we are saved. This is His instruction to the masses of His day, and also to us today. I would ask you to diligently study these verses and understand what He is requiring here. Your eternal life is at stake. We may come to study this portion of scripture in the future. Until then, I hope this quick outline helps you realize the importance of the Sermon on the Mount.

Yes, God is a forgiving God. The Bible also states that if you have not forgiving your brother God will not forgive you (Matt 6:24-15). How many of us have not forgiven someone else? I think we better all examine ourselves and get that one right. Do not make the salvation you once received become vanity. Do not fall back into bondage. Stay in the light as He is in the light. Walk in the word daily and remove all filthiness from your life. This is the way of God.

 

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