When we celebrate independence day and speak of freedom, it brings to our attention the lives that were shed over the years for this country. We thank the men and women of the armed forces for their dedication and sacrifice that gave us this freedom. We have the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, along with all our other freedoms in the constitution of the United States. But what about our spiritual freedom? No man or woman can give us freedom in the spirit. Only our Heavenly Father can do this by His grace upon us as individuals. There was an awesome price paid for this spiritual freedom. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). Considered by many to be the most important scripture in the bible. Not only do we have a chance at eternal life in the future, but we are free from the ordinances and blood sacrifices of the old testament, free form trying to keep the old laws through repentance, and freedom from all the ties in this world we live in today. However, there are conditions to this spiritual freedom. Lets begin our study in the book of Galatians and take a look at our spiritual freedom and the conditions within.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1). Christ has made us free. (John 8:32). Make sure you stay free and don't get all tied up in the chains of slavery to the Jewish laws and ceremonies. (Acts 15:10-11). Don't get tied up under bondage to any religion, organization, or traditions of men that you cannot bear. Only through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ can you be saved and truly set free.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32). If you search for the truth in the Word and know the truth, you will have the first steps to being free as a Child of God.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36). If you believe in Jesus Christ and truly know Him through the Word, then you will be free indeed. Not only free from the old laws, but free from many ties in this world, because Christ is with us as our mediator not only between the Heavenly Father and us, but also us and the world. (God can change the minds of men to benefit you at any time).
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. (Romans 7:6). We have been released form the law, we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. We can now serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit. (The Spirit of freedom).
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1). No condemnation for those who belong to Christ. "Those who walk after the Spirit." (The Holy Spirit). (Galatians 5:16, 5:25).
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2). Because we believe and belong to Him, the power of the "Life giving Spirit" (the Holy Spirit), has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (Romans 8:3). The Old Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of the flesh and our sinful nature. So our Heavenly Father sent His only begotten Son in a flesh body just like us sinners have. In that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving His Son as a one time sacrifice for our sins and to defeat death; "which is the devil." (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24, 4:1-2).
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:4). The just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, if we walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5). Those who are in bondage to the flesh and sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled buy the "Holy Spirit" think about things that please God. (1 Corinthians 2:14).
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6). Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to eternal life and peace of mind in this world. (James 1:14-15, Galatians 6:8).
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7). In other words, the sinful nature has nothing to do with God, it has to do with Satan. "Nothing good can come from evil." If you are deceived by traditions of men and false teachings (led by Satan), nothing good can come from you when it comes to teaching Gods Word.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8). Those who are controlled by the flesh cannot please God and will not be free from the bondage of sin.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9). If you are controlled by the Spirit and the Spirit (Holy Spirit), lives within you then you are pleasing to God and belong to Him. However, those who do not have Christ living in them through the Holy Spirit, do not belong to God.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:13). The Lord has rescued us from the darkness (death), of Satan's kingdom, and brought us into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ; "Who Is The Light." (Hebrews 2:14), Just as God's children are human beings, Christ came in the flesh like us humans so He could die and break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. (Isaiah 25:8, Hosea 13:14, 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 2 Timothy 1:10).
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:12). Ask the Heavenly Father to restore yourself to the joy of Gods salvation and a "free Spirit" that is willing to obey Him. (2 Corinthians 3:17), It is the Spirit of the Lord that gives you liberty."
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psalms 51:13). Then I will teach your way to rebels, and they will return to You. (Psalm 25:8, Isaiah 2:3, James 5:19-20), When you share the truth with others, God will bless you for it and redeem you from your sins. Always share the truth of the Word with others as the Lord gives it to you, and He will always bless you for it.
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. (1 Peter 2:15). As for those who come against your freedom of teaching the truth; it is the will of God to silence and ignore those who make accusations against you, and those who teach traditions of men.
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (1 Peter 2:16). You are a free servant of God, but don't use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Don't be a scammer and phony, especially when doing God's work.
For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. (1 Corinthians 7:22). Remember this, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are not free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a servant to Christ. (Colossians 3:22-24, 1 Corinthians 9:19), Even though we have our Spiritual freedom, we have become servants to all people to bring many to Christ. "Let your freedom ring," and be a light to the world!
Keep The Faith,