What Does Freedom Mean In The Bible?
In Jude 1:4 the Bible states: "For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ." Many people think that once they become Christians, they can act in any way that they so choose because they now have obtained freedom. Such thinking is a delusion and not true freedom at all. It is the freedom to want to live in the boundaries that God has set forth because He knows what is best for all of us. Christian freedom is worth more and cost more than any other freedom.
The freedom from sin cost our heavenly Father His dear Son: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." (John 3:16). Since Christ did die for our sins, we can now have freedom from sin in Christ. "And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness" (Romans 6:18). Paul further elaborates on our freedom and says, "Stand fast therefore, in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1). Real freedom is about knowing that we have escaped the ultimate consequences and guilt of our sin through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said, "Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36). We need to be reminded of the cost for our spiritual freedom by remembering Jesus and His worthy sacrifice. It will help us to not want to return to a life of sin.
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