“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5.1
“Stand fast … ” What does that mean? We might say something like, “Fasten your seat belt.” Or “Don’t let anyone push you away from what you know you believe.” It is interesting to take note of Paul’s context here. He is telling us to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free … ”How is it that we have freedom or liberty in Christ? Paul is warning the Galatian believers against going backward in their faith rather than forward.
The Galatian believers were struggling with going back under some of the things that the Law required of them before they were Christ followers. The liberty of which Paul spoke was the liberty found in Christ to live without the burdens of the Law. Remember that John records for us these words: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8.32)
When you and I follow the words of Jesus, we are FREE. Remember that “ … the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1.17) Matthew records these words of Jesus: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5.17)
There is a great closing line in this verse: “ … be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Once we turn loose of things that held us back from knowing Christ and/or serving Christ, we must never go back to them. When Christ saved us, He saved us FROM our sins to a liberty that can only be FOUND in Him. Let us ENJOY the freedom we have in Christ and never look back at the “yoke of bondage” that enslaved us. Just my thoughts …