Up to this point in Paul’s epistle to the churches of Galatia, his emphasis and essence of His message has been freedom from the curse of the law. When one turns to Christ, he turns away from the Law of Moses as a means of salvation and begins living under the dominion of Christ and the Holy Spirit whom the Father has sent into his heart. Paul argues that those who are in Christ are then free from the law. But what we need to understand is that often our view of freedom and Paul’s are very different. While many think of freedom as being left alone, Paul’s understanding of freedom involves slavery to God and His will. Many believe freedom to be the liberty of will to determine one’s goals and direction in life; but for Paul freedom meant interdependence, not independence. The unredeemed understanding of freedom is in fact bondage to the powers of the world, the flesh and the devil, while true freedom involves gladly accepting the bond of slavery to the Father. True freedom then is liberation from the bondage of self-will and self-living, and involves the capacity to live for God and neighbor. So the irony is that you are truly free when you become a bond-slave to God; you become free to be whom God wants you to be. God’s bond-slaves have been set free to serve God, to follow Jesus, and to walk by faith in the spirit. This is the freedom for which Christ has set you free. The person who is truly free is a person who trusts, loves, and obeys God through Christ and in the Spirit loves and serves others. The child of God who has this freedom lives before God with a clear and free conscience, as he or she grows before God in holiness and love. This is the freedom that the father has for His children. God has made us free indeed, so that all can see the His glory, and also, so we are capable to relate to God and others authentically and clearly. You are to know this freedom; you are to enjoy this freedom, and you are to experience this freedom.
This week memorize Galatians 2:19,20 and stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.
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