James Philip has been since 1957 minister of Holyrood Abbey, Church of Scotland, Edinburgh. After serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he went to Aberdeen University where he graduated in Arts and went on to study Divinity at Christ’s College. He was ordained in 1948. Before going to Edinburgh he was minister at Gardenstown in northeast Scotland. Mr. Philip, who is very interested in the work of Inter-Varsity Fellowship, is well known in Britain for his conference addresses.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (KJV). Christ set us free, to be free men. Stand firm, then, and refuse to be tied to the yoke of slavery again (NEB).
During the past twelve months CHRISTIANITY TODAY has presented messages from notable preachers of God’s Word in the United Kingdom and the continent of Europe. This sermon concludes the series, which has included ministers from seven countries and nine denominational traditions. Sermons in the 1963 series will be by Asian Christians.
The point at which this great exhortation comes in Galatians is very significant. It follows a comprehensive doctrinal statement in which the Apostle Paul expounds the facts of the Christian position relating to the liberty that is ours in Christ. This is an order which he generally adopts in his epistles, and it is one which it is of the first importance to understand, if we are to appreciate the force and validity of the challenge he makes in our text.
First, then, he proclaims the great affirmations of the faith, unfolding the unsearchable riches of Christ, and after this, and on the basis of this, he gives the exhortation ...1
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