For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Christ has won your freedom!
Christ came to set you free. He died to set you free. He rose to set you free. He is all about freedom. Your freedom.
He liberates you from your sin. He liberates you from the penalty of sin forever, from the hell of eternal separation from God. He liberates you from the power of sin over you, so that you have to give way to sin.
Christ frees you from the prison of anger and unforgiveness. He sets you free from fear and worry. He sets you free from religion and rulekeeping.
However, we can forfeit our freedom. We can lapse back into slavery and bondage of all kinds. We can listen to the lies of our enemy who would enslave us.
But we must not! If Christ died to set us free, if he gave his own life to set us free, how vital it is that we stand firm and say “No!” to slavery in all its forms.
Dwight Edwards writes eloquently about the power of freedom in the New Testament world, and what it can mean to us:
We do well to remember that the word freedom meant much more to the original readers of the New Testament than it does to us. Over half the population in the Roman world was enslaved. Aristotle’s view was widely held: “A slave is a living tool, just as a tool is an inanimate slave.”
Freedom in Christ is a spiritually intoxicating wine, a breathtaking flight into space, a soul-thrilling escape from enemy territory. It’s the spiritual exhilaration of having one’s soul set free for the high adventure of a God-enabled assault upon life. 1
1 Dwight Edwards, Revolution Within, 160.
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