Liberty

2 Corinthians 3:17—”Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

What is this liberty?

The Spirit is in us thus His liberty is in us.  This liberty or freedom covers a wide area.  We have been set free from our slavery to sin, from the letter of the law (religion), from guilt and condemnation.

Galatians 5:1—”For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.”

Paul encourages us to stand fast in our freedom and guard against the bondage generated by serving the letter of the law. 

Galatians 5:4—”You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you are fallen away from grace.”

The enemy is at war against the liberty found in Jesus.  He wants to keep us in bondage or bring us back into bondage.

Galatians 5:7—”You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?  Galatians 5:8–This persuasion is not from him who calls you.”

The Galatians were “running well”, running in the freedom won by Christ in His grace.

Galatians 2:4—”Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—”

Do we have spies in our midst today?  Are there false teachers trying to take away the freedom we have in Christ?  How would Paul have dealt with the internet in his day?  The enemy has been defeated on the cross and yet he is still trying to bring us back into  slavery, 2,000 years later.  If we are dependent on following the letter of the law, our understanding of the written word tends to stay shallow.  He is leading us into the living word, the gospel of grace, that gives us the depth of liberty.  He wants us to run well in His freedom like an eagle soaring, justified by His grace.

Isaiah 40:31—”but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Lord, protect us from the many teachings that are trying to lead us away from the freedom You have given us through Your Spirit.  May we stand fast in Your liberty and grace.

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