Summary: A sermon about True Freedom found in Christ.
Let Freedom Reign In You!
Pastor Glenn Newton 6-30-02
2 Cor 3:17-18
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being
transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord,
who is the Spirit. (NIV)
This morning I want to tell you that You can know what True Freedom is in your life.
True Freedom. What is that anyway?
Is true freedom being able to eat Ice Cream anytime you want? Is True Freedom the
absence of all rules? I think that’s called Cayaus`.
Is True Freedom defined by our rights and our pursuit of happiness? Is True
Freedom related to our finances, free from Creditors?
There’s so many ways we can define Freedom this morning, and many of them do point to
a certain kind of freedom. But this morning I want you to know a Freedom that you can
possess that Sets you free regardless of your circumstances in life, it supercedes what the
Government is doing or not doing, it goes over the head of dictators and kings.
True Freedom sets you free from a 9th circut Court in California that has decided that the
Pledge of Alliegiance is unconstitutional, Why? Because of the phrase, One Nation Under
God. These secular humanist judges would have us take God out of every area of life,
what they don’t care to understand is that our founding Fathers did understand that if God
wans’t with us as a nation, we would’nt last for long, and so references to God are all
through their writings and in our history as a nation.
This morning I have two points I want you to consider.
1. True Freedom is only gained through Jesus Christ!
This morning we need to look at the passage that we find our scripture in and try to
understand what Paul is teaching to this church in Corinth. What he has to say is very
important, it’s important for you and I to understand how God has went out of his way to
Give you True Freedom.
How many of you know this morning that God wants you to be Free? Let’s examine the
evidence, can you tell I’ve been watching Court TV again?
Paul is talking to his readers about the difference between the Law of God which we know
was given to Moses to give to the Israelites. This law came with Glory, remember
watching the 10 commandments on TV, and when Moses came off the mountain with the
two tablets with the Law written on it, his face was radient, why, because he had been in
the presence of God.
But we are told that Moses put a veil over his face to hide the radiance from the people.
Here’s what I want you to know about the Law. When God gave the Law to Moses and
he read it to the Isrealites, that Law brought death and condemnation upon everyone who
heard it. Why?
It was kind of like they were sitting there listening to what Moses was saying, “Thou shall
not steal.”, Thou shall not covet, Thou shall not commit adultery, Thou shall not lie and
give false testimony, and as he continued to read these off, each person there realized
that they were guilty, they were condemened by this law, and now they were going to
need a way to get on the right side of the Law.
How many of you have ever lied? Anyone here ever stolen anything? Coveted your
neighbor’s possessions, their money? Worshiped a false God? Anytime you are not
putting God 1st in your life, you are putting something else in His place, and that becomes
false worship before God.
So we all sit here and realize we are all sinners, right? So did the Israelites, this law
brought condemnation - they knew they were sinners- but of coarse God provided a way
for their sins to be forgiven - A sacrificial Lamb - A sin offering - A blood offering would
be offered for each family every year, to represent the covering of thier sins.
Remember Paul is talking to people who were still living under this Old Covenenat, and
now what he is saying is that God has provided a New Covenent.
The New Covenenat is what God has promised you and me today - This covenent
is an everlasting Agreement between God and man -- It’s an agreement that was initiated
by God, He has offered it to us, our part is to accept what He has offered us.
What is this new Covenent that God has offered us? Thanks for asking.
The New Covenent is the Gift of Jesus Christ, God sent his own Son to be our