July Fourth is a time of thanksgiving for our freedom. Our freedom has been bought with the blood of many a person who died on battlefields around the world.
Two thousand years ago, there was One who came to earth for the purpose of sacrificing His life; so that we can enjoy the freedom from sin and death. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
What does it mean to have spiritual freedom?
1. Spiritual freedom means a life controlled by truth and motivated by love
2. Spiritual freedom means are able to use our lives for the glory of God.
3. Spiritual freedom means the privilege of being able to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
Why do we need spiritual freedom?
Our need for spiritual freedom is caused by our bondage to sin. “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:33) Sin keeps us from entering into the presence of God. Sin brings eternal death.
How do we receive spiritual freedom in Christ?
1. We must see our need for Jesus Christ, because we are all sinners before God. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Our sin places us under the wrath of God. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (Jon 3:36)
2. We must understand that Christ’s death provided the payment for our sin. “But God commendeth His love toward in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ” (Romans 5:8)
3. We must turn from our sin and receive Jesus Christ as our Savior by faith that His sacrificial death alone can pay for our sin and bring spiritual freedom. “For by grace our ye saved through faith and that not ourselves, but it the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
What are the results of our spiritual freedom in Christ?
1. We receive freedom from the penalty of our sin. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
2. We receive freedom from Satan’s power. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (Colossians 1:13)
3. We receive freedom from the fear of death. “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:15) See also
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
4. We receive freedom from the curse of the law. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13)
The doorway to spiritual freedom is wide open. As Jesus said: ” I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9) Let us accept and enjoy the freedom that Christ bought for us with His blood