Freedom from Sin – Liberty through Christ

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Freedom
From Sin
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“Freedom – Now the Lord [i.e., Christ] is the Holy Spirit, and there is freedom [from the bondage of sin and fear] wherever the Spirit of the Lord is.
2 Corinthians 3:17 (AUV)

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord [i.e., Christ] is the Holy Spirit, and there is freedom [from the bondage of sin and fear] wherever the Spirit of the Lord is. 18 But all of us [Christians], with unveiled faces, see the Lord’s splendor reflected, as [though we were] looking in a mirror, and [so] are being transformed into His likeness in ever-increasing splendor. This is [the work] of the Lord, [who is] the Holy Spirit. An Understandable Version (AUV)

NOTE: verse 17; the New Simplified Bible (NSB) “Now God is the Spirit and where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty (freedom).” The KJV “ Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty.” Liberty in this verse comes from the Greek ἐλευθερία eleutheria (el-yoo-ther-ee’-ah) meaning freedom; 1. liberty to do or to omit things having no relationship to salvation 2. true liberty is living as we should not as we please.

Are you living in freedom; i.e., from sin?

We receive freedom through God’s word—the truth and the blood sacrifice of Christ. Jesus used the same Greek word for freedom, ἐλευθερία, in John 8:32 when He stated “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” He spoke of true or real liberty (“free indeed”= really/truly free); freedom from sin (see John 8:34, 36). God our Savior put on flesh (John 1:1, 14; Matthew 1:23) to redeem us—pay the price for sin (Titus 2:14, 2 Timothy 2:6); to conquer sin (1 Corinthians 15:55-57) and give those who believe in Him freedom from sin (He came to save us from sin; Matthew 1:21).

John 8:31-36 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We are Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how is it that you say, You shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 And the slave does not abide in the house forever: but the Son abides forever. 36 If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. (RKJNT)

Romans 8:2-4 Because of what Christ Jesus has done, you are free. You are now controlled by the law of the Holy Spirit who gives you life. The law of the Spirit frees you from the law of sin that brings death. 3 The written law was made weak by the power of sin. But God did what the written law could not do. He made his Son to be like those who live under the power of sin. God sent him to be an offering for sin. Jesus suffered God’s judgment against our sin. 4 Jesus does for us everything the holy law requires. The power of sin should no longer control the way we live. The Holy Spirit should control the way we live. (NIRV)

Eternal death is the result or consequence of sin and continuing to live in sin (being a sinner) Romans 8:13 “If you live in obedience to your earthly nature, you will inevitably die; but if, by the power of the Spirit, you put an end to the evil habits of the body, you will live.” Why continue in sin after being set free, walk in your freedom; you can live free from sin through Christ. (OEB) Hebrews 2:14-15 “These children are people with physical bodies. So Jesus himself became like them and had the same experiences they have. Jesus did this so that, by dying, he could destroy the one who has the power of death—the devil. 15 Jesus became like these people and died so that he could free them. They were like slaves all their lives because of their fear of death” [read Hebrews 2:10-18 (focus verses: 14-15 and 17-18)]. (ERV)

Hebrews 2:17-18 “Therefore, he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way. This was so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, in order to wipe away the sins of the people.” (CEB) 18 “For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].” (AMP)

Maybe this will make it clear: Hebrews 2:17b Then Jesus could die in their place to take away [make atonement for; be the sacrifice that pays for; be the sacrifice that appeases God’s wrath against] their sins [the sins of the people]. (EXB) Hebrews 2:18 For you see, in what He has experienced Himself, having been tried in ordeals, He is able to run to the aid of those who cry for help – those being tried (put through ordeals). (JMNT)

Definition of freedom and liberty

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828) freedom – the state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence. Liberty – religious liberty, is the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshiping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience, without external control. Liberty, Freedom. These words, though often interchanged, are distinct in some of their applications. Liberty has reference to previous restraint; freedom, to the simple, unrepressed exercise of our powers.

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Freedom
From the Law
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“Freedom – But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:22 (NLT)

Galatians 3:21-25 “Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. 22 But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. 23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. 24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.” (NLT)

Freedom from the Law of Moses

Not only did Jesus set us free from sin, but also from the (Mosaic) Law (NOTE: this will be covered in more detail in another Bible study; Law vs. Grace). Many do not understand, Jesus fulfilled the Law–brought to closure and brought in grace. Matthew 11:13 “For you see, all the Prophets and the Law prophesy (showed light ahead of time) until (to the point of time up to; till the time of) John.” (JMNT) Luke 16:16 “The Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets was in effect until John the Baptist. From that time on the Good News about the Kingdom of God is being taught.” John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (KJV)

The letter to the churches of Galatia and to the Hebrews help explain this. Galatians 3:19 “Then why do we have the Law? It was given because of sin. It was to be used until Christ came. The promise had been made looking toward Christ…” (NLV) Hebrews 8:7, 13 “For if the first covenant had been faultless, then there would have been no occasion sought for a second. 13 When he says, A new covenant, he has made the first one obsolete. Now that which is obsolete and grows old is ready to vanish away” [read Galatians 3:15-29 (focus verses: 19, 21-22); Hebrews 7:11-28 (focus verses: 11-12, 18-19 and 26-28); 8:7-13 (focus verses: 7 and 13)]. (RKJNT)

Galatians 3:10-14 All who are depending upon their own obedience to the Law are under a curse, for it is written, “Cursed is every one who does not remain faithful to all the precepts of the Law, and practise them.” 11 It is evident, too, that no one can find acceptance with God simply by obeying the Law, because “the righteous shall live by faith,” 12 and the Law has nothing to do with faith. It teaches that “he who does these things shall live by doing them.”

13 “Christ has purchased our freedom from the curse of the Law by becoming accursed for us–because “Cursed is every one who is hanged upon a tree.” 14 Our freedom has been thus purchased in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing belonging to Abraham may come upon the nations, so that through faith we may receive the promised Spirit.” (WNT)

New High Priest, new law

Hebrews 7:11-12, 18-19, 26-28 “Therefore, if perfection was from the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there for another priest to arise, in the order of Melchizedek, and not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, there is, of necessity, also a change in the law.” (RKJNT) 18 “For on one hand, the previous command [i.e., the Law of Moses] was set aside because it was weak and useless, 19 (since the law did not make anything [i.e., anyone] perfect), but on the other hand, there is the introduction of a better hope [which did bring perfection through Christ], by which we draw near to God.” (AUV) 26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, for He is holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and is higher than the heavens. 27 Unlike those high priests, He does not need to offer daily sacrifices—first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 For the law appoints men who are weak as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son who is made perfect forever. (MEV)

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Scriptures to read and study

Romans 6:15-23 (focus verses: 20-23); Luke 1:67-80 (focus verses: 68-75); Luke 4:16-30 (focus verses: 16-19); Romans 8:18-27 (focus verses: 18-22); 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 (focus verses: 12-18); Galatians 4:1-7 (focus verses: 1-5); Galatians 4:21-31 (focus verses: 28-31); Ephesians 1:3-14 (focus verses: 5-8); Ephesians 3:7-13 (focus verses: 11-13); Colossians 1:9-18 (focus verse: 13-14); 1 Timothy 2:1-7 (focus verses: 5-6); James 1:21-27 (key verse: 25); 1 Peter 2:13-17; 2 Peter 2:18-22 (key verse: 19); Romans 8:1-17 (focus verses: 2-4, 10-11 and 13)

Freedom
Conclusion
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“Freedom – You are free, but still you are God’s servants, and you must not use your freedom as an excuse for doing wrong.
1 Peter 2:16 (CEV)

1 Peter 2:13-17 For the Lord’s sake, accept the decrees and laws of all the various human institutions, whether they come from the highest human ruler 14 or agents he sends to punish those who do wrong and to reward those who do well. 15 You see, it is God’s will that by doing what is right and good you should hush the gabbing ignorance of the foolish. 16 Live as those who are free and not as those who use their freedom as a pretext for evil, but live as God’s servants. 17 Respect everyone. Love the community of believers. Reverence God. Honor your ruler. (The Voice)

Our freedom comes with limitations, either set by God or human government, as children of God, His authority / rule is supreme. James 1:21-27 World English Bible (WEB) “Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious while he doesn’t bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

Exercise your freedom, but stay within and obey the guidelines in God’s word first and then the non-conflicting laws of your government; be blessed my friends—Tim.

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Published on: Saturday, May 30, 2015

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