Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
April 3, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<070> Thesis: The aspects of "bondage" involve the most fundamental issues of one's "love" and "faith". Introduction: In our last study I attempted to show that Christian "liberty" is fundamentally freedom from any and all applications of the "Justice" of God and the ability to draw on the power of the Spirit of God to pursue the agenda which that Spirit puts into our hearts. Clearly, the primary mechanism of this "liberty" is "faith". It is possible to be actually free from the Justice of God and still operate as if one is subject to it -- because of unbelief. Likewise, it is possible to have access to the power of the Spirit and still operate as if everything really depends upon us -- because of unbelief. And, just as clearly, it is a most profound perversion of "freedom" to attempt to "believe" while being fundamentally committed to one's own perverse "love". Thus, freedom from the Law and having access to the power of the Spirit are Love/Faith issues that the Gospel, in its Promise of eternal life by means of the indwelling of the Spirit of God, addresses directly. Our study this evening is going to be an expansion of Paul's focus upon our "liberty" by means of a careful consideration of its opposite. Paul says that the false brethren desire to spy out our liberty so that they may bring us back into bondage. So, what is bondage?