These little studies will, we trust, give you something to think and pray about.
FREEDOM IN CHRIST
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)
ELEUTHERIA – LIBERTY
DOULOS = SLAVE
So far, we have looked at what God has done for us through Christ. Now we must look at our responsibility to live in the good of those things. This brings us into conflict with our human nature and with the battle between God and His enemies. A mostly “spiritual” experience.
Contradictions (?) – lose the yoke of slavery – take my yoke upon you
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Am I free enough to obey Jesus and to serve Him willingly?
Am I free enough to escape the worldly things that tie me up and prevent me doing what is best?
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley
“Only dead are men are free” – Bob Dylan
Sin, mere legalist religion, ceremonies and rituals and superstitions, self satisfaction.
and FREEDOM TO
Serve the Lord, experience His Presence, be filled with the Holy Spirit, be equipped for the battle, overcome the “flesh”
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.