Our Right Standing with Christ Frees Us from Rules, but Don’t Abuse This Freedom
Jesus’s sacrificial death releases us from the obligation of Old Testament laws. We have freedom in Jesus and don’t need to follow rules. Instead, we follow Jesus.
Yet we need to guard against getting carried away with our freedom. The Bible has much to say on the subject.
Free in the Spirit
Paul writes to the church in Corinth that Jesus (the Lord) is Spirit. Through his Spirit we have freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Free in Christ
Paul reminds the church in Galatia, that Jesus has set them free, free from sin. Therefore, they aren’t obligated to be weighed down by being slaves to rules and regulations.
Free to Do Good
Yet some of the people in the church in Corinth overreach when they pursue their freedom through Jesus. They claim that they had the right to do anything, but Paul points out that not everything is beneficial. Not everything is constructive.
Instead of doing whatever they want to do, they should seek to use their freedom to do good for others (1 Corinthians 10:23-24).
Free to Love One Another
In similar fashion, Paul writes to the church in Galatia. He reminds them that they are free through Jesus. But this doesn’t give them the freedom to pursue self-gratification, that is, to indulge in human desires. Instead, they should use their freedom in Jesus to serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13).
Free to Live
Peter also confirms what Paul says, writing that we are to live as free people (that is, not under the law or bound by rules). We must take care, however, not to use this freedom in Jesus as a cover for evil living, that is, as an excuse to sin (1 Peter 2:16).
Freedom in Jesus
We have freedom in Jesus to do what is right and to benefit others, not out of obligation but as a response to what Jesus did for us.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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2 replies on “Freedom in Jesus”
I’ve had ongoing lengthy conversations with a young man who believes that one can only live like Jesus and please God by keeping the OT Law–well, except the ones that don’t fit our culture, and the ones that are inconvenient, and…and…and…just as long as you keep Saturday sabbath. How sad to put oneself under the old yoke of bondage for which the purpose was so clearly explained by Paul, who just as clearly stated that it has no authority over the believer in Christ.