The Son of God came to make sinners free, “to proclaim liberty to the captive!” What a word that word “liberty” is. Nothing in all the world can be compared to it. Social, economic, and political liberty are great privileges; but spiritual liberty is an indescribable boon of God’s free grace in Christ. Those who have this liberty are “free indeed” (John 8:31), and shall be free forever! This liberty that Christ gives to all believers is fourfold.
LIBERTY FROM THE LAW - All believers are totally free from the curse, penalty, dominion, and terror of God’s holy law in Christ. Read the Book of God (Rom. 6:14-15; 7:1-4; 8:1-4; 10:4; Gal. 3:13; Col. 2:14-23), and ignore those work mongers who would bring you back under the yoke of bondage. The law of God has absolutely nothing to do with a believer (I Tim. 1:6-10). And we who are dead to the law and married to Jesus Christ by faith have no more to do with the rule of the law than a woman does the rule of her dead husband, after being married to another man (Rom. 7:1-4).
LIBERTY FROM SIN - The liberty which Christ proclaims to and produces in redeemed souls is liberty and freedom from sin (Rom. 6:6, 18, 20, 22; I Pet. 4:1; I John 3:5). By his blood atonement, Christ has delivered us from the penalty of sin. By the application of his atonement to our hearts, by the efficacious grace of God the Holy Spirit, our consciences are purged from the guilt of sin. In regeneration, we are delivered from sin’s dominion. When we drop these robes of flesh in death, we shall be freed from the body and being of sin. And in resurrection glory we shall be freed from all the consequences of sin forever. This is what Paul calls, “the glorious liberty of the sons of God” ( Rom. 8:23).
LIBERTY FROM HUMAN RELIGION- When the Son of God sets men free, he frees them from the customs and traditions, practices and labors of human religious inventions (Col. 2:20-23; I Tim. 4:1-6; II Tim. 3:1-5). No man, no pastor, no church has the right to impose practices and behavioral rules upon men that God has not specifically revealed in Holy Scripture. We are not, and must never try to be, lords of other men’s consciences. And we must never allow ourselves to be brought into bondage by others.
LIBERTY OF LOVE - The Lord Jesus Christ gives regenerate souls a happy, delightful liberty of love and marriage (Rom. 7:1-4). A good marriage is a marriage held together by love, free of law. I pity the man whose wife serves him because it is her duty! While believers recognize their duty to serve Christ, they do not serve him because it is their duty. Our service to Christ arises from deep gratitude and free, loving devotion. We need no other law to regulate our lives.
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor - Grace For Today Radio Message #562
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438