Freedom in Christ (Gal. 5:1)

“For freedom,

Christ has set us free.

Stand fast!

Therefore,

Do not submit again

To the yoke

Of slavery.”

Τῇ ἐλευθερίᾳ ἡμᾶς Χριστὸς ἠλευθέρωσεν· στήκετε οὖν καὶ μὴ πάλιν ζυγῷ δουλείας ἐνέχεσθε.

Paul said “For freedom (Τῇ ἐλευθερίᾳ), Christ has set us free (ἡμᾶς Χριστὸς ἠλευθέρωσεν).  Stand fast (στήκετε)!  Therefore, do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (οὖν καὶ μὴ πάλιν ζυγῷ δουλείας ἐνέχεσθε)!”  Paul made a big deal about freedom and slavery.  He followed up on the concept of the children of the slave woman, Hagar, and the free woman, Sarah.  Christ has set us free from the yoke of slavery from the Mosaic law, the Torah.  Therefore, we should stand firm and fast.  We should not let ourselves be entangled or drawn into slavery.  Christ has liberated us from sin and death.  The Mosaic law was a burdensome yoke around their necks.  For Paul, the law and Christ were exclusive, not complimentary.  They were no longer obligated to be circumcised, make animal sacrifices, or follow the dietary laws.  They were free to follow Jesus Christ.  Are you free to follow Jesus Christ?