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Already Free (Part 11)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
In this study I want to talk about the importance of knowing God and Him knowing us. When I say "know" I don't just mean a bunch of head knowledge about God, but I mean "know" as to to know personally and intimately. It's knowing God in this way that leads to true freedom. Paul further explains this truth in Galatians 4:8-9, which reads:
“Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” Galatians 4:8-9 (NIV)
Before the Galatians were saved and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they worshiped other false idols or "weak and miserable forces" as Paul described them. Like many pagans at this time, they worshipped false gods for what they could get from them. Maybe they wanted to manipulate the weather, or control their fertility, or anything they desired. Paul calls this slavery because your worship is always working to get something. Paul compares this false worship to legalism, or the belief that you can work to attain the approval of God. So for the Galatians to rely on their works for their salvation was just as bad as going back to their false idols. It all placed them in slavery.
So Paul reminds them: not only do they know God, but more importantly, God knows them and h ...
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