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Contending for the Faith
Freedom in Christ

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 9:30am

  "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Cor. 16:13)

Throughout this day, Americans everywhere will celebrate freedom, as well they should. It's one of the defining principles of our nation.

Yet, one might ask, Of those celebrating freedom, how many are truly experiencing it?

Certainly many men and women are living the American dream. They enjoy well-paying careers and wonderful homes, thanks in large part to political liberty. But meanwhile, their "pursuit of happiness" has yet to be satisfied. The reason is that lots of people remain prisoners internally, despite their apparent success. They are bound to anxiety and depression, or a fear of losing what they've worked hard to possess.

However liberating circumstances seem externally, we eventually learn that freedom must be realized within. But how? The answer is Jesus Christ.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;“  (Isaiah 61:1)  

Isaiah 61:1 prophesied a key aspect of Jesus' ministry, which continues to this day: He has come to heal the brokenhearted and set captives free.

When we trust Him as Savior, the chains that keep us from joy are broken. We are liberated from lies that have been programmed in our minds from an early age, and we begin to see things from God's point of view. Then we discover that our needs, desires, and total well-being rest securely in the arms of a loving heavenly Father.

Are you feeling the weight of anxiety or anger? Look to Jesus Christ (the 2nd person of our one Triune Godhead, the Holy Trinity), the author and perfecter of our faith.

… and remember the scriptural promise: "Now is the day of salvation".  ... There is no Soul-Sleep, and no second chances after death.

"And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”— giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,"  (2 Corinthians 6:1-3).

The day you trust in Him alone, and not your works, is the day He delivers you from fear and opens your eyes to who you truly are.

 Jesus Christ has set us free!

The whole human race was in bondage to sin and Satan.

The Bible is clear that all people are God’s creation (Colossians 1:16), and that God loves the entire world (John 3:16), but only those who are “born again” are children of God (John 1:12; 11:52; Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:1-10).

 "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God," Romans 8:16

Jesus Christ (2nd person of the Trinity) set us (… born again Christians) … free (John 8:32).

We are:

More importantly, Jesus has given us …

  • freedom from the need to seek salvation through the law/works (Galatians 3:13, 5:1).

Our task now is to guard our God-given liberty (freedom) against those who would tell us that faith in Christ alone would not save us.

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1).

The Son of God - heir of all things - who is forever with God, and who has therefore the right and power to liberate men from their thraldom. You shall be blessed with the most valuable freedom; not from the chains and oppressions of earthly masters and monarchs, but from the bondage of sin.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

The term “Son of God” refers preeminently to Jesus Christ’s deity (Matt. 11:25-27; 16:16-17). Believers in Christ, although “adopted” are never on a par with the uncreated, divine Son of God.  It is the Holy Spirit who is called “the Spirit of adoption who performs the act of placing the believing sinner as an adult into the family of God. “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Rom. 8:15

What a glorious privilege is ours to be the absolute possession of the Father! We have already, as believers in Christ, been placed in the family of God and are led by the Holy Spirit as the adult sons of God. The apostle John describes our experience as God’s children who have been born into His family by the new birth (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1-2).

We are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26). As a result of God’s adopting us we are just as eternal and secure in our relationship with Him as His only-begotten Son. All the security and loveliness of God’s Son is ours as His adopted sons. The Holy Spirit imparts to us the divine nature and places us by adoption into the family of God in accordance to His unchanging laws.

This is our new standing before the LORD God. He accepts us into His family, who by nature do not belong to it, and places those who are not His sons originally into a right relationship with Him with all the privileges of that new family relationship.

Jesus Christ alone is the Son of God by nature. We can never have the same relationship He has as the unique Son of God. The word “adoption” distinguishes those who are made sons of God, from the only-begotten Son of God. The Holy Spirit, however, creates in the believing sinner a new nature. We have not only the new status as sons, but also the heart of true sons. Our adoption is the act of God’s pure goodness and grace of His will to the praise of His glory.

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So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 

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Amen and God bless you.

Pete, Sr.

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