We Have Been Set Free – Marcelle Nipper

 

As this past 4th of July neared, I began to reflect on just what that means.  We all pretty much understand this to mean Independence Day when the New World, America gained their independence from Great Britain and the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.  The colonists wanted freedom to live their own lives, practice their own faith, free from interference and unfair taxes by the British.  Upon this day, July 4, 1776, they were set free!  What a wonderful reason to celebrate!

 

Through this declaration, our forefathers made it possible for us to have certain inalienable rights as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Knowing that we are created in the image of God, displays our own expression of our Biblical heritage.

 

We as believers in Jesus Christ, have that same life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, that no matter what we face today, we can live in the life of Christ, the liberty and freedom that we have in Christ Jesus!  “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn 8:32).

 

What does this mean to the believer?  We have been set free from sin and have everlasting life in Jesus!  “Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end is everlasting life.”  (Rom 6:18, 22) Jesus, himself said that “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” As the Israelites went out of Egypt into the promised land, promised to them by God; and the settlers left Great Britain to go into the promised land of America, we too have an advocate before The Father, that we may go into the promised land of freedom and eternal life with Christ, not only in this world, but the heavenlies!  Isn’t that a wonderful promise for the believer?!

 

We have liberty in Jesus because He has set us free!  So, beloved, let us “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty that Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  For brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only to not use liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but to serve one another.” (Gal 5:1, 13) We have a choice, free to sin or free to serve.  This is our liberty.  We can sin and be enslaved to Satan, others, or our own selfish and evil desires.  When we are slaves to sin, it is impossible to live righteous lives and please God, but as followers in obedience to Christ, we are free to do what is right which glorifies God through our actions. 

 

So let us live in this freedom that we have found in Christ!  How?  By obeying God, who gives us the strength by His grace to obey.  “Moreover, the law entered, that the offence might abound.  Yet where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Rom 5:20) Jesus said to those who believed on Him, “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If the Son therefore shall make you free you shall be free indeed.” (Jn 8:31,32&36).  Let us hold fast to obedient living and live by the law of the Spirit of Christ Jesus who has made us free from the law of sin and death!  Let’s begin to PRAISE GOD for His love!  He made a way for us to be free!  WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE!  REJOICE, AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE!  We have something to rejoice about today and every day, until we meet Jesus, face to face! 

 

                                                                                                            Marcelle Nipper    July, 2021

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