It has been a little while since the last blog entry. My wife and I had the opportunity to go on a well deserved family vacation out of state. With that being said, in the United States we celebrate out birthday as a nation. So to my fellow Americans have a safe and happy 4th of July.
There are many definitions for freedom, but on of them is “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved (Merriam-Webster.com/freedom).” Many are walking around saying that they are free, but are they truly free? I submit to you that without Christ they are not truly free. It is popular in our society for many to say “This is a free country. I can do what I want.” True…but you are also free to suffer the consequences of such actions. If one is not living in Christ, and living in sin then the said consequence is death. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (ESV).”
We all have sinned, and that consequence is that our physical bodies will die. That is a reality, and there is nothing we can do to change that. It will happen. There is much more to live than the physical, and the reality is that sin would not be so appealing if the wages were paid immediately. What will happen when we die? Our physical bodies are decomposing, but what about our soul? Without Christ will spend eternity away from him. As a result our sin has still enslaved us long after we sop breathing. Romans 5:8 states, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ died for our sin and it is a free gift if we believe. Romans 10:9 also states, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
This is a short post compared to ones I normally write. Though it is short it is my prayer that you see that true freedom is found only in Christ. It is through Christ that we have salvation and the forgiveness for anything wrong we have ever done. As a result we are no longer slaves to out sinful nature. We will still sin, but we have an advocate. 1 John 2:1-2 states, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
God bless you all, and remember that true freedom is found only in Christ.
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