No Turning Back – Galatians 4:7-20

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on Aug 25, 2014 in Sermons |

Sermon on Sunday, August 24, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate

 

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No Turning Back Galatians 4:7-20

Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years.

I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain. I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong; but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself. Where then is that sense of blessing you had?

For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you. My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you—but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Galatians 4:7-20

 

PAUL APPEALS TO THEIR PAST RELATIONSHIP

  • You have done me no wrong; but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself.

–      Galatians 4:12b-14

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

  • Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?

–      Galatians 4:15-16

 

BEWARE OF BAD MOTIVES

  • They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you.

–      Galatians 4:17-18

 

I LOVE YOU AND I’M WORRIED

  • My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you—but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

–      Galatians 4:19-20

  •  YOU ARE NO LONGER SLAVES TO ANYONE BUT CHILDREN OF GOD
  • Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

–      Galatians 4:7

 

NO TURNING BACK

  • However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

–      Galatians 4:8-9

 

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO US

  • In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

–      1 John 4:10

–      This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

–      1 Timothy 2:3-4

 

NO TURNING BACK

  • “Although our iniquities testify against us, O Lord, act for Your name’s sake! For our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you…       Thus says the Lord to this people, “Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.” So the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. “When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence.”

–      Jeremiah 14:7,10-12

 

  • But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

–      Luke 9:62

 

  • As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you? Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.

–      John 6:66-68

 

DON’T TURN BACK TO LEGALISMS

  • You observe days and months and seasons and years.

–      Galatians 4:10

  • Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

–      Colossians 2:16-17

 

THE BROKEN HEART OF A PASTOR

  • I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

–      Galatians 4:11

 

FOLLOW A GODLY EXAMPLE

  • I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are.

–      Galatians 4:12a

 

COMPASSION LEADS OTHERS TO JESUS

  • For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

–      1 Corinthians 9:19-24

 

FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS SO YOU WONT TURN BACK

  • Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary band lose heart.

–      Hebrews 12:1-3

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