True freedom

If there is one aspect of being born again that we need to protect, it is our freedom.  Many Christians start off experiencing the exhilarating redemption of the cross, only to slowly walk into legalism – one foot at a time.  Before they know it they feel depressed, enslaved under a yoke which brings no joy.   This yoke is the law, and we have been set free from it.

“Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and it’s condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);” Gal 3:13

The law is clearly described as a curse in the above mentioned verse. If Christ purchased our freedom from this law, why would He want us to submit to it once again?  It makes no sense.

“In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].” Gal 5:1

Jesus lived perfectly in order to fulfill the law.  We cannot be redeemed by following a set of rules – we can only be redeemed through faith in the finished work on the cross.

“Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], so that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].” Rom 8:3-4

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God’s gift to us (Part 1)

Jesus referred to Himself as “God’s gift” (John 4:10).  When you ask a Christian what this means, they will most probably tell you “He saved me”.  This is definitely true, and it is the first and foremost point I want to talk about.  But, we must not stop there.  Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished even more than just salvation of our souls.  God’s gift to us – Jesus – endured the worst possible torture hanging on that cross.  He carried the weight of every single sin (past, present and future) so that we could once again be reconciled to God through faith in Him.

“Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.” Col 1:22

Through the gift He gave us, we are now irreproachable in God’s eyes.  Irreproachable means to be blameless, faultless and innocent.  It means we are pure, as if we have never sinned.  Justified.  Righteous.

“And He [ that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world.” 1 John 2:2

“Therefore, since we are justified ( acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Rom 5:1

The complete, finished work on the cross made eternal life possible for us.  It removed all our sins and now presents as as pure, faultless souls before God.

But wait…there’s more! :-)