What is Freedom?

What is Freedom?

What is freedom?

What runs through your mind when you think of the word freedom? Do you picture a bird being let out of a cage; a slave getting out of slavery or maybe someone getting out of financial debt? But the question is, is that really freedom?

Let us look at the different viewpoints of freedom; from both worldly and Biblical angles. According to the world’s perspective, freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; to be free from something or someone. From the Biblical standpoint however, freedom is a more acute sense of spiritual redemption. Freedom is knowing the truth and the truth is Christ.

The truth is the word of God and the word of God is Christ hence, He is freedom.

How? Well, Gods word tells us about God’s love for us and it talks about the plans God has for our lives. John 15:4 says “remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”. What does this have to do with freedom? You see abide means to live, to continue or to spend time somewhere so if you continue to spend time with or in God’s word you will know the truth. When you know the truth you will act on that thought or knowledge and acting on the truth will make you free. John 8:32 says “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free and that is how Gods word is freedom”. But how is Jesus the word? Well John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Therefore Christ is freedom.

Breaking the law of God is sin and sin is bondage.

Breaking the law is sin and sin is human nature. Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. We were born with a sinful nature. No one has to teach a child to lie or to be selfish but, we go to great lengths to teach children to tell the truth and put others first. Sinful behavior comes naturally because of the fall of man.

Christ frees us from sin hence He is freedom.

Sin is bondage but Jesus sets us free from sin. God in all his mercy gave us Jesus Christ as a sacrifice of atonement. When Jesus Christ came to earth he came to free us from sin. Hebrews 2:14-15 states that “since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death”.

Being in Jesus has its benefits for there is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ. When we are in him we are called away from error, bondage, deception, guilt, ignorance and a destructive life, from being a captive of Satan and facing eternal death. God has called us to liberty in Christ, receiving forgiveness of sins through Jesus’s blood and a free gift, the gift of eternal life. Freedom means that we are given the liberty to follow God not a license to sin. Freedom is being in Christ Jesus.

Christ is our freedom and we should never have to live in death or sin. Our freedom comes with benefits that enable us to live an enjoyable life.

For anyone in bondage; you now know the true definition of freedom, which is truth and the truth sets free. It can only be found in Christ who is our freedom.

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