The fifth chapter of Galatians is among the most instructive of St. Paul's teachings. It contains many golden nuggets of spiritual truth, and it begins with this strong admonition: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

We should especially note the tense employed. Paul does not say, Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ will or may make us free, but rather "hath" made us free. The difference is vital. Paul makes an all-important distinction which has been too much lost sight of in Scriptural exegesis. He knew that spiritual man, being in the image and likeness of God, is free-born, and by virtue of his birthright cannot be enslaved, for there is no power to destroy the spiritual man's liberty. Sufficiently armed with this knowledge, men win the victory and assert their freedom from the bondage of the material senses. The old habit of expecting freedom as a future gift, or hoping it may come our way if it be God's will, should therefore give place to the certain knowledge that we have been free from the beginning. Until we have undergone this change of consciousness we are still more or less in slavery to false belief, and cannot do our best work either for ourselves or for others.

July 18, 1914

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