Day Two: Freedom in Christ Jesus
What does it mean to have freedom in Christ?
Freedom in Christ mean different things to different Christians, to some it means freedom and independence from the doctrine of the church and the rules that governs it, to others freedom means total licence to do as the want with no restrictions even when sometimes it might not glorify the father. To the More passionate Christians freedom means being set free from the oppression of sin, guilt and condemnation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Captives (Romans 1:28-32)
The death of Christ brought about liberation of man. when man sinned against God he fell short of Gods glory and was in bondage of sin, fear and the law. We where sentenced to death for our sin, sin brought on us death and eternal condemnation. To walk in sin is to be dead, to be enslaved to dark powers and to be separated from God, man had no true dominion because he was nothing but a slaved and sinned ruled over him, he had no knowledge of his power, inheritance… God forsook Man for his sin so he had to pay for his sin, he had to bear his own cross, humiliation, his guilt and shame.
For the sin of this one Man (Adam)* caused death to rule over many…Romans 5:17
liberty through Christ Death and resurrection (Romans 3: 23-27)
When Christ died the Bible recorded that he went down to hell and defeated death, The death of Jesus Christ brought freedom to man, because by dying he paid the price on the cross so that we are no longer bound by our sin or under law but are bound by his grace, he took our sentence of death. Suffered the persecution we were suppose to suffer, God forsook him on the cross and he cried out on the cross because the burden of our sin was heavy on him but he bore it for us anyway.
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.Acts 13:38-39
The death and resurrection of Christ symbolizes the purchase of our freedom; the death of our old self who was always a slave to sin and the law and the resurrection into a life of freedom and eternal life. Jesus died with our sentence of sin and resurrected with a new, free and blames life.
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same thing, that through death he might destroy the one who has power of death , that is the devil and deliver those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
The Reality of our lives
The reality of our life is that sometimes despite having this knowledge we still find our selves struggling with a lot of bondage, slaves to sin, scared of death and struggling to keep the law. We struggle to maintain our righteousness and God’s word here is not a reality in our life we are so burdened in our heart by a lot of things, things we feel we can never get rid off, or things that shrink our confidence in Faith and before our fellow believers, our Confidence is sometimes so injured that we find ourselves so unworthy and undeserving to even pray or seek God’s face.
True freedom in Christ Jesus
True freedom in Christ is freedom from our sins, death, fear and guilt through the death and resurrection of Christ. The Bible says that you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free, we must not just know this truth but must accept this truth, only then shall we experience the freedom Christ gives us. True freedom in Christ comes from knowing the truth about God and his word.
If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”John8:31-32
Who or what then is the truth?
The Bible identify Jesus Christ as the truth, the knowledge of this birth, death and resurrection is what leads us to total and true freedom. When we know this truth we will no longer be ignorant, because we then know that because he has overcome, we overcame with him.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.John 14:6
We no longer have to pay for our sin for we where saved by grace through faith in him, we are no longer slaves but sons. The truth points the way to the father. Jesus freedom has no price attached to it than total acceptance.
Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”John 8:34-36).
Realization of this freedom in our life: knowing the truth
In what way can we know the truth?
1) Abiding in God’s Word
When we abide in Gods word the truth becomes very glaring to us because we begin to come to knowledge of what Christ’s death has done for us. Jesus Christ is the word of God and the more we look into it the more we become like him.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.Ephesians 3;12
While Christ followers still battle with sin, they are no longer slaves to it. Through the power of Christ, His people can be set free from the bondage of greed, vanity, pride, pornography, addiction, abusive behavior, gluttony, selfishness—and any other sin under the sun. Here’s what Jesus said about the freedom He offers:
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.Galatians 5;1
2) The Holy spirit
The holy spirit also plays a vital role, the holy spirit brings to the light of God’s word and reveal to us to his truth. For on our own we cannot please God but the holy spirit leads and directs us. To experience total freedom we must live through the Holy spirit for the flesh is powerless and cannot please God.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.Romans 8:1-4
3) God’s commandment
Christ said, he has not come to abolish the law, but to that it should be fulfilled. Though God’s law was brought to us to show how sinful we were but keeping the law also brings us to total freedom but we must believe that it is not by our obedience of the law but by the death of Christ that we are saved.
“’All things are lawful for me,’” but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything”1 Corinthians 6:12.
I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.Psalm 119:45
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another”Galatians 5:13.
in conclusion, since Christ has set us free, we don’t need to live under bondage. Christ through his death has really set us free, we must live daily believing that since Christ overcame we too are over-comers, so even though we fall, we must rise up and get the race done for his grace is forever sufficient for us.
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