Summary: We are only free when the Son sets us free; but we are free to choose whether or not we will be made free.
Freedom is one thing that everyone everywhere, and at all time desires.
We are only free when the Son sets us free; but we are free to choose whether or not we will be made free.
Imagine being given a check for a million dollars and never cashing it.
Imagine having a freezer and cupboard full of food and never eating.
Imagine dangling precariously on a rope when there is a ladder within your grasp.
Imagine living a life of defeat and despair when there is no reason to do so.
Freedom! The words are etched upon our hearts and land, "America, the home of the free and the brave." Freedom has been secured, but freedom must be maintained. If we fail to appropriate the freedom we have, we become slaves.
The Bible tells us we are free in Christ and yet so many times we find ourselves shackled and chained to our feelings, desires, thoughts, and habits.
Galatians 5:1 (NASV) It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
For liberty Christ set us free is the apostle’s statement of fact, followed by the appeal to stand in that liberty and not be involved again in bondage.
In some ways it is easier to live as a slave than to make right use of one’s freedom (e.g., Israel in the wilderness wishing to return to Egypt).
THE NATURE OF OUR FREEDOM IN CHRIST
Freedom Is Not Autonomy
Does this mean we are totally free from any sort of obligation?
That we are free to "do our own thing"?
That we have no responsibilities to anyone?
That we are free from having to be concerned about others? -- Of course not!
Freedom means: "FREEDOM" IN CHRIST...
Freedom is not free to do whatever I please … but to live and act in Christ. How I live in Him is the true measure of how free I am.
A free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom indeed.
Freedom comes by filling your mind with God’s thoughts.
Freedom means I have been set free to become all that God wants me to be, to achieve all that God wants me to achieve, to enjoy all that God wants me to enjoy.
The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
Freedom Gone Wrong
Self-fulfillment soon grows into a quest for self-indulgence with a vocabulary of I, Me, Mine and self-indulgence, in turn, soon becomes unbridled.
The self-indulgent pursuit of pleasure embraces tolerance of homosexuality, addiction to eroticism, addiction to drugs and alcohol, habitual divorce, vandalism and lawlessness.
Thus liberty becomes libertinism. It is a dictatorship of permissiveness, which enslaves its citizens, a dictatorship whose decrees are endlessly purveyed by the media.
The truth of the matter is that we have been set "free" in order that we might "serve"!
a. We are free to love God.
b. We are now free to "serve one another" through love
Imagine being in a prison. You are in a cell with your hands cuffed, and your feet in shackles. Hour by hour, day by day, month by month, year by year you wallow in bondage. Then one day someone comes in and knocks out the guards, removes the cuffs and shackles, and opens all the doors to the prison and says, "You’re free! Leave this place!"