First and foremost, I want to wish every American a happy Independence Day! Now I understand that some viewers are not from the United States, but the majority of you are, and for the majority of Americans, this is a day where we can celebrate the foundation of our country and the freedom that we have. So, seeing as how today is the 4th of July, I thought it was appropriate to write about freedom.
Here in America, we have freedom. Freedom to believe what we want to believe, say what we want to say, assemble where we want to, petition when we want, to bear arms, and so much more. The freedoms are all within legitimate reason of course. While most countries have laws similar to these, there are still places in today’s world that hinder and restrict certain rights like these. I not only thank and glorify God for having these freedoms, but also pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who have their freedom restricted.
However, aren’t all of us free, speaking to the elect of God? Paul writes to the Galatians on this matter saying, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Here in Galatians 5:1 (ESV), Paul tells us that Christ died so that we would be set free. And for that freedom, he urges us to not submit to slavery again. Christ suffered so that we would be free. And if we truly believe and love Him, than we must try our best to no longer submit ourselves to the sins of the world.
When I search the scriptures for freedom, I see three points that stick out to me personally, and though this doesn’t include every aspect of freedom found in the Scriptures, I do feel like they are key aspects of it.
The enemy will try to enslave you.
This point is found in Galatians 2:4 (ESV) when it reads, “Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in – who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery.” There will be time where unbelievers see the freedom that we have through Jesus Christ, and because they see how free we are, they try to bring us to slavery.
Unfortunately, the enemy will try to enslave us. He will use many things to do this: unbelievers, temptations, wrongful acts of the world, etc. Paul says there will even be unbelievers that will infiltrate the Church in attempts to destroy or hurt it. In times like these, we need to turn to God. We must realize that through Jesus Christ, we are set free from slavery.
Jesus sets us free from slavery.
As cliché as this sounds, Jesus sets us free. It says it countless times throughout the Bible. Not only is it written in Galatians 5:1, but also in 1 Corinthians 3:17 (ESV) as it reads, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Those who are the elect are the ones that have this freedom. When I say ‘Jesus sets us free’, us refers to God’s chosen people. The Spirit of the Lord is with us, and therefore so is the freedom. Its the reason why Christ died for us.
Another set of verses that also agree with this point can be found in John 8:34-36 (ESV) it reads, “… Everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Here, Jesus is saying that for those who practice sin will be a slave to it. They will be unable to escape it without Jesus. However, if God truly chooses you, then you will be set free.
Because He set us free, we serve Him.
While this point sounds like it contradicts itself, it is true. We are freed from the evils of this world, and therefore we serve the God that is good, the God has saved us. A great verse to go to is found in 1 Peter 2:16 (ESV) that reads, “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” Once we see the truth that Jesus frees us, we must live as people who are free. We can’t use what God has given us to cover-up evil acts, but rather to serve God because of who He is.
Another verse that sums up this point is found in Romans 6:22 that reads, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” Once we are freed through Christ Jesus, we become servants of God, and the fruit that we produce leads to sanctification which leads to eternal life in the end.
Because so many people will be busy today (I for sure will be), I decided to keep this post shorter than usual. As usual, I hope you enjoyed this and hope you either learned something new or saw something from a different perspective. Once again, I’m very thankful for living where I am and for all the freedoms that I have… Not just those given by my country, but also for those that God has given to me and my brothers and sisters.
May we all thank and glorify God for the freedom that He has given to us. May we all no longer fall into slavery. May we all turn to God when the enemy tries to enslave us. May we all serve our great God because He set us free, and…
May we have a happy and safe Independence Day for those who celebrate it!