Christ in you (all) the hope of glory…(Col 1:27)
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36)
For freedom did Christ set us free…(Galatians 5:1, ASV)
Christ the Son has set us free and oh! how free indeed! He set us free from all the bad stuff – the power of sin, for starters. As if that wasn’t grand enough in itself! Think about it folks, sin no longer has power over us. Now, that’s freedom.
But He also set us free from the power of death, death no longer has any sting for us! He set us free from the law, from religion. He set us free from our self-life, from living by the tree of knowledge and from being objects of God’s wrath. Did you know that until God in His mercy made us alive with Christ through salvation, we were objects of God’s wrath? (Eph 2:1-9) Whoa. So it doesn’t make any difference if you were saved from a life of drug addiction at age 25 or if you were saved at the age of 6 in Sunday School – until we were saved we were all objects of God’s wrath.
And why did Jesus come to set us free? He set us free for freedom’s sake (Galatians 5:1). That can seem too simple to accept sometimes. But since it is true, wouldn’t this indicate that this freedom Christ died to give us is something extraordinary and beyond what we could ever know outside of Him? And perhaps a freedom that some still haven’t truly seen or taken hold of in their Christian walk? Believer, are you walking in such freedom? Are you experiencing the freedom Christ came to set you free for?
Well, what does that freedom look like?
Believe it or not, if we could look at that freedom with our eyes we would be looking at a Person, Jesus Christ of course. You see, that freedom is Truth (the truth shall set you free); Life (I am the Way, the Truth and the Life); Peace (He will be called…Prince of Peace…); Love, Joy, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self-control (The fruit of Spirit); Wisdom (Christ has become wisdom unto us) and Rest (Christ our Sabbath Rest). All that Christ is has now become available to us as we partake of Him every day by faith, no matter what our earthly circumstances.
Let me put it this way. Is Jesus Christ a slave to sin? Is He captive to anxiety and fear? Is Jesus Christ held down by death? Is He weighed down by earthly material possessions? Is He taken up with divided loyalties? Is He burdened by guilt and condemnation? Is He out of control with worry and anger?
No? Of-course He isn’t any of these things. So neither are we! Because we are in Him, He has become our freedom.
Is Jesus Christ Free? Of-course He is! Then, so are we! Because we are in Him, He has become our freedom.
In Him, where we live and move and have our being, we are in the greatest freedom of all eternity. Yet, only the Lord Himself can open our eyes to see and know this glorious and wondrous reality because it is a heavenly reality although to be experienced right here and now on earth. You and I cannot make ourselves see anything, we cannot give ourselves sight but what we can do, is ask for it.
I know that in my life, I am not always aware of or walking experientially in this amazing freedom of the life of Christ. That’s because generally, my eyes have wandered even ever so slightly away from Him as my All in all and I have taken up other things to concern myself with. I always need to set my gaze back upon Him who is my freedom. I will always ask the Lord for more sight into who He is and what He has given me by His life that indwells me because there is no end to Him. Will you join me in asking too?
Show us all dear Lord, just what it was in all it’s fullness, that You died for. Show us all Lord, what this freedom is that You died to give us – give us sight and understanding into this freedom that is already ours in You and may we walk in it always. Show us Yourself more Lord. Open the eyes of our hearts Lord, that we might know the glorious hope to which we’ve been called.
For whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.
Free in Christ!