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From Our Pastor and First Lady’s Heart

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Greetings, GEMBC Family and Friends,

The fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day. It was July 4, 1776, when the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The founding States had declared its independence from the King of Great Britain, which had forcefully repeated injuries and usurpations with the objective of establishing an absolute dictatorship over the founding colonies. This dictatorship was cruel, heartless, and would enslave a people who longed for freedom and justice for all.

Similarly, among Biblical scholars, the book of Galatians has been conferred as the Believer’s Declaration of Independence. It is clearly the Holy Spirit’s Declaration of Spiritual Freedom for those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives.

The message of Galatians sets forth the Believer’s Spiritual Freedom, his deliverance by Jesus from the enslavement of Satan, Sin and religious legalism. Its message is particularly relevant in our day as personal freedom has become the dominant emphasis of modern philosophies in our society. An oversimplified version would be, “I’m Okay. You’re Okay. We’re All Okay. All are right and good in and of ourselves and have no need for repentance (change of mind) and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” This belief leads one to conclude that all truth is relative and there’s no Absolute Truth. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

The theme of Galatians is that True Freedom comes only through Christ Jesus the Lord. In this letter, Paul deals with Spiritual Freedom on two fronts. The first front is that of Salvation through which Christ makes a person free from the bondage of Satan, Sin and the Law. The second front is that of Sanctification, the freedom God gives His children to live out lives of faithfulness and genuine righteousness, free from sin’s control and legalistic bondage.

Read passages below:

Galatians 5:1

“Stand fast therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” KJV

Romans 8:1-2

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of Sin and Death.” KJV

Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace,

Pastor Rickey & First Lady Christine Jones, Sr.
July 2015

"For We Walk By Faith, not by Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7