2 Corinthians 3:17. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
“To live is Christ” is to live in freedom. Freedom is the goal of our salvation. God freed us so that we might be free.
Galatians 5:1. For freedom Christ has set us free.
Freedom is essential to our entire existence. It is the power to love and image God. Two things we can only do when we are set free from the law.
The Christian alone is truly free. Free to sin or not sin. Free to love from freedom or not. While under the law we had to sin. We had to live from selfish ambition. We had to love dependent upon reciprocated love. But now, in Christ’s righteousness we are free.
John 8:36. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
But let’s just be honest, freedom is terrifying.
Why? Because where God’s imputed freedom will take us is into a place of freedom from ourselves. In no longer turning to the Law, we no longer turn to the self. That’s what the law is – self reliance. But grace is losing myself in order to find myself. But we rarely see it this way. How many of us are actually able to let go of our usual coping mechanisms? To stop controlling? Stop maintaining an image? Stop earning? Stop being the victim? Stop blaming? Stop taking time off from personal holiness for good behavior?
As Christians we also tend to be afraid of freedom for other Christians. This is why we are so prone to law and so adverse to imputation. We assume too much freedom will breed more sin. And, to be fair. there’s no doubt we’ve all seen the abuse of freedom.
And so we hold on tight to law. Afraid of what freedom might actually bring. We tie the gospel to the law in a nice little package for our children and teenagers and for the new Christians that need to look more like us, think like us, and act like us. We bind people to the laws of Christianity instead of to the law of Christ. We peddle moral principles over choosing to love from love freely received. We impart righteousness for good behavior rather than impute righteousness from free grace.
“To live is Christ” is to live by the Spirit of freedom. Freedom from the law and it’s condemnation. If only the only free people on the planet would choose to stop running back to the slavery of the self.
Do you fear being free from your self? Have you embraced your freedom in Christ? In what ways are you keeping others bound to law?