As we celebrate the many privileges and the freedoms we enjoy in the U.S.A., I’m reminded of the liberty Christ has attained for us. Just as the freedom that we enjoy in this country is not without cost, Christ sacrificed His life that we might be set free of the bondage that we were under. In Galatians 5:1, Paul says, “For freedom Christ set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” We are incapable of making it to Christ by obeying God’s law, because God demands perfection. Christ perfectly obeyed the law, and he paid the penalty for our sin on the cross. He defeated sin, death and Satan on the cross and through His death and resurrection. He set us free that we might have life.
This freedom gives us hope. Let us live and grow in this liberty that Christ has secured on our behalf. We are no longer to live as slaves to the law, when we’ve been set free from it. Paul later says in Galatians 5:13, “For you were called to freedom brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Love, freedom and service. Sounds a little like the Hard Rock cafe! Even the Beatles sang, “All you need is love.” Of course, the Bible speaks of a very different radical love, but there is an element of truth in the song. Romans 2:14,15 speaks of Gentiles or unbelievers, “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. This shows that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness…” In case you haven’t noticed, it’s not an easy thing to love our neighbor. It’s only in Christ, that we can do the things that our God requires of us, and even in that we do it imperfectly. Our hope is in Christ. He has set us free from our slavery to the Law. Let freedom ring from the mountaintops! All mankind desires freedom. It is truly a message of hope that we proclaim. This gives us great hope as we bring the good news of the gospel to the Border! Praise God!
In His Grip, Dave