Jesus referred to Himself when He said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). From what does He set us free? The “practice of sin” which makes us “a slave to sin” (8:34). How does He set us free? “Christ died for us” (2 Corinthians 5:15) is the glorious message of the gospel. He became our substitute; dying in our place. For us to be truly free from sin, Jesus had to satisfy God’s holy requirements that sin be punished. That judgment fell solely on Him!
Now, let’s take this a step further. In accepting Jesus death for us, we see ourselves as dead with Christ which means we are dead to sin (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:2-4). But He did not remain dead (in the grave) as Paul explains so clearly in 1 Corinthians 15:12-23. WE DO NOT REMAIN DEAD IN SIN AND THE GRAVE!! PRAISE BE TO GOD that in our death with Christ we receive freedom from sin through resurrection with Christ (Romans 6:7, 18, 22).
This freedom Paul fought for very early in his ministry. There were some who tried to undermine our freedom in Christ by subjecting us to the law and achieving acceptance with God through our works. Such false teaching destroys the glory and perfection of Christ’s work for us! For this reason, Paul says, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
Are you living in this freedom?
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