- Galatians 5:1 (NASB)
Some believe that the Christian life is a life of slavery. Nothing could be further from the truth. I would humbly challenge my unbelieving friends that they are the ones who live under slavery. The Christians make up the people who stand in complete liberty.
The Christian’s liberty comes from Christ and His work. It is Jesus who gives freedom from guilt and sin. This gift is the result of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus’ death pays the price for the world’s sin. God’s demand of sinners is death but the Lord Jesus died in our place. His death means life for all people. The resurrection of Jesus ensures that His claim to forgive sins is true.
God liberates Christians from trying to work to gain God’s favor. Any attempt on my part to obtain God’s favor is futile. Through Christ the Christian needs only to enjoy God’s favor. His favor is a gift given rather than something to be gained.
Christians are free from the fear of death, the greatest of man’s enemies. Believers already possess eternal life or the spiritual existence which is ever before the God of all. Again this eternal life comes because God the Son did something for us by dying on a cross. Jesus beat physical death and the victory He won He gives to all who call upon Him for salvation.
It is not only spiritual death that can no longer hold Christians but it is also physical death that can lay no long term claim. Through His resurrection, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, opened the door for the physical body to also experience resurrection from the dead. The body of the Christian, though it may experience physical death, does not remain in the hopeless grave. God promises to restore that physical body to greatness.
So if Christians stand guiltless before the judge of all creation and are guaranteed victory over physical death, how can we be anything else but the most free of all people? The redeemed of Jesus Christ are most liberated.
Do you know this freedom? You can know the liberty that God offers through Jesus Christ. You do not fight for this freedom but you rather depend upon the One who fought for you. The Lord Jesus provides the finished work to give you freedom. All you must do is ask Him for it.
- Pastor Randy