Enslaved to Non-gods – Gospel in Life
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Enslaved to Non-gods

Tim Keller |  February 22, 1998

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Topics:
  • Idolatry
  • Sin
Duration:
38:54
Scripture:
Galatians 4:8-20
SKU:
RS 288-17

Galatians 4:8–11

In Galatians 4:8-11, we read about the Galatians, who used to follow Greek beliefs, struggling with wrong ideas suggesting that just believing in Jesus isn’t enough to be accepted by God. “Stoicheion kosmos” doesn’t refer to an old-fashioned belief system; it’s about the basic principles that had the Galatians trapped before they became Christians. The Bible strongly focuses on the problem of idolatry, the idea that all our mistakes and sins come from it, and realizing and dealing with this is key to truly understanding God.

2. How do they enslave us?

“Overdesire” means wanting something good too much, which can trap us. The power of our actions doesn’t come from the actions themselves, but from the importance we give to them. Understanding this can help us overcome guilt and failure. Trying to win God’s love by strictly following rules and being morally perfect is useless as it can turn into idolatry and block acceptance of God’s grace. Instead, we need to realize that anything good can trap us if we make it our main focus.

3. How can we be free?

The heart of Christianity isn’t about what we know about God, but about God’s deep knowledge and love for us. Idols, like the need for approval or success, can trap us into caring too much about what others think. But realizing God’s unending love can free us from this. The secret to freedom is in seeking a personal experience of God’s love and letting the reality of Jesus become a part of our everyday lives.

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In his book Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller shows us how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the truth about societal ideals and our own hearts — and that there is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings and fulfill our hopes.