|GOD & FREEDOM|
|GOD and US|
|A Reality Check|
|"It is for freedom that Christ has
set us free...."
has a great deal to say about freedom. Why? He is
free -- perfectly free. He exists in Divine freedom -- free
to be Who He is. Freedom is important to Him. Not
only is it important to Him because it is part of who He is, but it's
important to Him for us -- that we live in freedom.
God is the I AM who wants us to be.
Consider that one of the major redemptive Old Testament acts of God was freeing the Israelites from the oppresive yoke of slavery they endured in Egypt.
Consider that God gave the Israelites the Jubilee year -- the year of release -- which was to happen every 50 years on the Day of Atonement. Lands were to be returned to their owners, debts were to be written off and slaves were to be given their freedom. It is from God's instructions about the Year of Jubilee in Leviticus 25:10 that the words inscribed on America's Liberty Bell came, "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants, thereof."
Consider that the first recorded public words of Jesus (Luke 4:18-21) began with a quotation from Isaiah 61:1-2. He read, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." And then He said, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Jesus called Himself the way the truth and the life (John 14:6) and told us that, "...the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
Jesus, Son of God and One with the Father and the Holy Spirit, wants to set us free from:
Feelings of inferiority, timidity
Religion (in the sense that we feel we need anything more than Jesus for our salvation)
Everything that keeps us from a blessing relationship with Him.
...and How does He do it? He sheds his love abroad in our hearts. He demonstrated his love for us in that while we were still sinners He died for us. His love, His grace and His mercy constantly flow from Him to us. We can be secure in that love and grace and mercy -- without the doubts that accompany a life lived under the condemnation of the law. He wants us to have the assurance of that security. He wants us to soar freely in His grace and love.
1 Corinthians 3:17 shows that where God is there is freedom. Freedom is part of what God is. God is love, and freedom is inseparable from that love. "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!"
And the Good News is that God wants you and I to be free!!!
"...Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free,..." (Galatians 5:1 NLT)
|Jesus Our Liberator|