Liberty? Right here, short and sweet truth:
Walk by the Spirit – Excerpts from Galatians Chap. 5
1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
GK- what God calls freedom is not synonymous with what humans often call freedom.
13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but THROUGH LOVE SERVE ONE ANOTHER. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You SHALL love your neighbor as yourself.”
GK- The context here is Christ setting those who know and follow Him free from a human works-based salvation, from seeking to earn righteousness with God by fully obeying all the law of God perfectly as though that would satisfy God’s requirements for us to gain eternal life.
Indeed, Jesus clearly stated He came to fulfill the law, not destroy it. He made equally clear statements that His followers were saved/delivered/set FREE by His grace, not their/our works (Paul’s key teaching in the Book of Galatians). To be clear- Jesus, Paul, John and Peter among others call for actively following Jesus, good works-actions which the Lord calls us all to -do- but this is a result of faith in the Savior, not self-saving works.
So to the point: FREEDOM as The Bible defines it is not a matter of the sword but relationship of love and yes, obedience to the Lord and Savior (in fact, the ONLY Savior) Jesus Christ. Jesus and others stated this plainly:
How we treat our neighbor equals how we treat God.
If you miss this reality, you miss the target regardless of what bullseye you think you’re nailing.
If you really want to claim freedom in Christ you don’t get to define freedom beyond what He says about it. Well, you can believe anything you like and define things as you so choose of course -but divorced from loving our neighbor as ourselves it’s not scriptural freedom.
Perhaps worth considering in a time of anger, division and strife?
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