Stand Fast

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 

‘Stand fast’ – Keep rank. Do not be disorderly or retreat. Keep unity. Let nothing divide you so that satan can defeat you.

‘Liberty’ – this refers to the freedom of the gospel of the new covenant (4:21-31; Jas. 1:25; 2:12). The old covenant was one of bondage, sin, and death; the new is one of freedom, righteousness, and life. The Messiah was to bring liberty from the curse and all its effects (Isa. 61:1; Luke 4:18). All Christians enjoy liberty (2:4; 5:1, 13; Rom. 8:21; 1Cor. 8:9; 10:29; 1Pet. 2:16). The Spirit brings it (2Cor. 3:17). Liberty is not to be abused or used for an occasion to sin (5:13; 1Cor. 8:9; 1Pet. 2:16).

‘Christ has made us free.’ Christ Himself is the one who sets free from the law of Moses (Rom. 10:4; Eph. 2:14-15; Col. 2:14-17).

‘Be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.’ Two things are commanded here: Stand fast in liberty from all bondage to the law (5:1; 3:10-12; Col. 2:14-17). Be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage to the law (5:1; Acts 15:10).

‘Entangled again’ [Greek: enecho] to be held or caught; entangled in. Make a definite break from all keeping of the law and let your freedom from it be settled once and forever. Recognize that you are under a new covenant and that you are out from all observance of Jewish rites, ceremonies, commandments, days, sabbaths, seasons, times, years, and whatever else is in the Jewish law (Col. 2:14-17; Eph. 2:14-15).

‘Yoke of bondage’ Observing any or all the Mosaic laws, commandments, rituals, or any jot or tittle of the law is considered a yoke of bondage (4:24; Acts 15:10). If one goes back to keeping the law, he is under obligation to keep the whole contract (3:10-12; 5:3; Jas. 2:10). If one wants to know whether he is allowed to steal, murder, commit adultery, or keep any sabbath, then let him go to the new contract. You are only under the law when you choose to break it.

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