Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
It has been said that we are free in Christ. What does that freedom come with though? What does this mean? Does it allow a believer to know that we can live life in full worldly freedom without having to worry about "losing" our salvation. That once we come to Christ we can continue living the same life? What does this mean to have liberty in Christ???
I once thought that having this liberty, which was granted to us through the death, burial, and raising of our Savior, meant as long as I believed in Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross and was raised on the third day, I would never again have to worry about losing my place in the presence of God. After really reading God's Word and asking Him to reveal His truths to me, I realized sooooo many important truths that I never saw before.
What our Lord and Savior did on the cross, no doubt, gave us, who believe, freedom. But what kind of freedom? Most definitely not the kind of liberty that comes to mind so swiftly. What our Lord did on the cross was free us from the penalty of death. This death that once was the penalty of sin, or the breaking of God's holy and righteous laws. He gave us liberty from death by taking upon Himself the punishment for our sin. We were found guilty, but He took the punishment for us. So when one says, "I have liberty in Christ", I wonder, do we really know what this means.
For those who believe, those who call upon the name of the Lord, those who walk in obedience to the Commandments of the Father, we are liberated from death. Now, with Christ as our King, we have become slaves to God, slaves to His law. We are not at liberty to do as we will, but as our Heavenly Father wills. We are not at liberty to continue a life of sin, a life of breaking God's laws, but we are enslaved to God and slaves to His ways, not our own.
Romans 6:16 "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" (NIV)
Our Heavenly Father's Word is so clear on this. When once we were slaves to sin, through disobedience to His laws, but now, with Christ as the Lord of our lives, we are slaves to Yahweh, slaves to His laws, His ways. We were liberated from death, but became slaves to God. We were liberated from sin and the penalty of it, but have become slaves to righteousness, to go and sin no more.
John 8:34 "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant (slave) of sin." (KJV)
Romans 7:25 "Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin." (NIV)
You and I can agree, being a slave and having freedom are two completely different ideals. So while Christ freed us from the penalty of death, He also freed us from the law of sin and obligated us to the eternal laws of Yahweh, His 10 Commandments.
Our Lord and Savior, fulfilled in His body, every righteous requirement of the Mosaic Law~ these religious laws required a High Priest. Christ is now our High Priest! This religious law also called for sacrifices and even severe repercussions and even death when one transgressed God's holy law of the 10 Commandments. Praise be to our Lord and Savior, that now when we transgress God's holy law, breaking His commandments, we seek forgiveness with a sincere heart, we find that forgiveness because the blood of the Lamb of Jesus Christ covers all sin. Jesus Christ freed us from the Mosaic Law. This law was once activated when one transgressed God's holy commandments. Now, the blood of Jesus is activated when a believer transgresses our Heavenly Father's holy commandments. No longer requiring sacrifices to be made, no longer requiring a penalty of death~ Praise God! He is sooooo amazing!
My brothers and sisters, it is the perfect law of God taught by Jesus, walked in by Jesus, that liberates a believer from the penalty of death~ but we needed a perfect sacrifice to be justified, we found that in Christ. It is the perfect law of God that causes righteousness provoked by the Holy Spirit by which this law is written upon our hearts. Our Savior walked in perfection, there was no sin in Him. He did not break one commandment of the Father. If He had, He would not have been the perfect sacrifice. But He was, He was unblemished perfection. The Mosaic law could not save men, it did nothing for the conscience, it served a most important purpose, of course, but God, in His kindness and mercy, had a far better plan found in His one and only Son.
The Law of God (His 10 Commandments) and Liberty~
James 1:25 "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
And so to recap..........in the Old Covenant, when one transgressed the Commandments of our Heavenly Father, the Mosaic Law was activated. Even resulting in just repercussions not excluding death. In the New Covenant when one transgresses the perfect law of love, our Father's holy Commandments, it is the blood of Christ that is activated, thus liberating His people from the penalty of death. Liberating us altogether from sin by writing upon our hearts and in our minds the Law of Love, His holy 10 Commandments written there by the Holy Spirit. Thus placing conviction on man's heart when he transgresses one or all of these laws.
Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
Romans 6:18 "You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." (NIV)
Romans 6:22 "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life."
1 Corinthians 7:22 "For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant."
We have been set free from the penalty of death by the death of Christ taking upon Himself the punishment for our sin (transgression from God's holy commandments). We received liberty from death, thus becoming slaves to Christ. Slaves to Yahweh and His ways, His laws. There is nothing more beautiful than becoming a slave to God, a slave to His law. This is a perfect law of love!!!! WE ARE SLAVES TO LOVE!!!
So do you have liberty in Christ? Absolutely, without a doubt, YES! We can have victory over death, victory over sin by the saving grace of our Lord and Savior~ Do we have liberty to continue in sin? No way~ absolutely not! God calls us to be transformed. He calls us to walk in obedience to His laws, His commandments. To go and sin no more~
Hebrews 10:26 "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"
God loves us, and He calls us to love one another~ He shows us how to do this in His commandments. He teaches us how to do this by giving to us His Holy Spirit. By this very Spirit did He write this law of love in our hearts and minds. We are not alone. We have help! We have a comforter~
(*note* to readers all scripture copied and pasted from biblecc.com KJV unless otherwise noted)