Meaning of Freedom
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"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus has made us free from the law of sin
and death" Rom 8:2.
Some say, "Because we are saved, we are free from the
law; therefore, we can do whatever we please.”
Initial salvation does not remove the sin nature, but does
away with past sins. The Lord does forgive us and we will
continue to be forgiven when we approach Him with a repentant
heart and desire to change. Thus, it is true that the Lord
continues to forgive our transgressions, but we are not given
a license to sin and live carnal lives, after receiving salvation.
The Word says, "The LAW of the Spirit of life."
One may ask, "How then are we free?" The answer
is clearly revealed; we are free to be led by the Spirit,
but we are NOT free to be led by our soul or carnal mind.
Many of the actions and activities of the Lord's people are
led by their own thinking, or the leading of their soul.
As Christians, we are subject to the commands of God and
our liberty comes as we are led by the Spirit. Each one of
us will agree that the Holy Spirit would never lead a Christian
to participate in any of the things listed in Gal 5:19-22
and II Cor 12:20-21.
We may wonder why we see these very things manifest in the
Body of Christ. First, we must understand that we undergo
three levels of salvation when we turn to Jesus. In our initial
salvation experience, our spirit is saved unto God, which
gains our entrance into heaven. Our soul is in the process
of being saved by the many workings and dealings in our lives,
and that soul is being transformed into the image of Christ.
The last working of salvation is the full redemption of the
James 1:21 tells us, "Receive with meekness the engrafted
word, which is able to save your souls." James is placing
two prerequisites for the soul's salvation; meekness and receiving
the engrafted word. Many Christians never grow beyond the
baby stage in their spiritual growth and remain undisciplined
Some Christians feed upon the Word, but do not seek the Holy
Spirit's quickening guidance to engraft this Word into their
very being. The problems deep within them are not cleansed
and may manifest into serious sin. God forbid that this would
happen, but it does. We then look on these people and cry
out, "They were never saved." We must be careful
of such evaluation, for God sees and knows each individual
We must realize that we begin to enter into the Kingdom of
God in this life only when we make Jesus Christ truly Lord
over our lives. Thus, we can loose our placement in the Kingdom,
and our place at the banqueting table.
We are only free of God's laws to be led by His Spirit. And
as we are led, we are enveloped into the fruits of His Spirit.
The bondage of law is then gone for the Holy Spirit only leads
us into His character of righteousness.
Our liberty in Christ Jesus is progressive. As we are increasingly
led by the Spirit of God, and as we place our soul in subjection
to the Holy Spirit's every move, our own spirit will rise
into a new place of freedom and communion with our Lord, beyond
what we have ever known.
Let us press on into Him.