Freedom is to be freed from

True freedom is…

2 Cor 3:4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

True freedom is being freed from the power of sin. In other words, repentance. Freedom is also being freed from the old covenant of having to work to keep the law. Instead, we are not a slave to works but able to choose to love and to do good works.

Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Freedom is not being able to do whatever we want like our culture and society tells us. “I can do what I want” is a false freedom that only brings sin and death: Adam and Eve. Freedom in Christ influences us to take off the old and put on the new: to throw away the sinful desires of the flesh and to put on godliness and holiness.

This freedom actually limits what we are able to do by placing us under the authority of the one who freed us. Yet, it paradoxically sets our hearts truly free.

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7 Responses to Freedom is to be freed from

  1. Jonadab-the-Rechabite says:

    Freedom in Christ also provides liberty from the Judizers and those who would bind the conscience with their ideas of righetousness instead of God’s law. Col 2:20-23

  2. “Freedom in Christ is the safety in being” or something like that. It lifts a burden & provides clarity, unlike modern “Freedom”, which has been twisted to mean many contradictory things.

  3. It’s also freedom from guilt, which is one of the biggest weapons of the accuser.

    Scientists are only just starting to understand that guilt has a major role in the continuing of destructive behaviors.

    I don’t want to look at porn, but I already have started so I might as well. Now I feel bad, but porn makes me feel better and I’ve already dropped the ball, so why not?

    I know I promised my wife I’d stop drinking, but it’s been a rough day and I need a beer. She’s mad at me, I’ve already messed it up, might as well get trashed tonight and try again tomorrow.

    The Grace of God frees us from that guilt by placing it on Christ, and imputing his righteousness (and lack of guilt) to us. God breaks the cycle.

  4. Novaseeker says:

    Christ is Risen!
    Christos Anesti!

  5. Oscar says:

    I’ve been trying to explain this. Some people ain’t gettin’ it.

  6. @Oscar:

    They wouldn’t get it because to “get it” is to understand that they aren’t Free. If you present a Reality that goes against a person’s self-conception, expect them to reject it by every rationalization possible. This also rolls back into key intellectual & religious aspects of modern Western thought.

    The “play” since the Enlightenment is to take something proper and twist it, slowly, until it means the negative of its original form. ( https://infogalactic.com/info/Thesis,_antithesis,_synthesis ) Everything becomes inverted, rendering the final form, as laid out by George Orwell: “War is Peace”, “Freedom is Slavery”, “Ignorance is Strength”. (In fact, the term “Enlightenment” is a version of this inversion as well. They did not come into a new Age of Reason, but worked hard to condemn humanity to slavery. It wasn’t more Light, but more Dark.)

    The main result is you end up in a situation where you can never directly address any issue. Beyond just the lack of common understanding of the words involved, the issue is so murky to all involved that you get lost in the weeds trying to unwrap their confusion, long before you’ll ever get to your point. This is part of why Jesus talked in parables. Aside from applying across nearly all cultures with ease, parables allow an understanding of the Lord to be taught while avoiding either pre-conceived or unknown notions of the Truth.

  7. Lex et iustitia says:

    It’s freedom from death (the second death) and from the ministry of death (the law).

    I suggest reading from esv, and then an interlinear concordance.
    The definition of liberty according to strongs is:
    liberty to do or to omit things having no relationship to salvation
    fancied liberty
    licence, the liberty to do as one pleases
    true liberty is living as we should not as we please

    I know my sins have been forgiven, and that I have an advocate before the father. It’s not without consequences or responsibility, but it means I am not

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