Freedom-it is yours!

#FreedomIsNeverFree #JesusPaidThePrice #WhereTheSpiritLivesURFREE

Freedom is never, ever, free. Someone has to pay the price.  Throughout the Bible, we have examples of the price of freedom.

Moses and Israel: He had to leave the land of Egypt, give up His temporary position of “Prince” to gain his God-given position as the “chosen one” who would bring Israel out of its prophesied enslavement “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years”(Genesis 15:13 KJV; Exodus 12:40-41; Peter reminded the Jews of this event in Acts 7:6). Henry Ainsworth, a British theologian from the early 1600s offers a more detailed explanation of when the enslavement began and when it ended.

Ver. 13. Knowing Know,] That is, know assuredly: see Gen. ii. 17. Not Theirs,] Meaning Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Canaan itself; wherein they were but strangers, Gen. xvii. 8. Psal. cv. 11, 12. and therein afflicted. Gen. xxi. 9. xxvi. 7, 14, 15, &c. but chiefly in Egypt. Four Hundred Years,] Which began when Ishmael, son of Hagar the Egyptian, mocked and persecuted Isaac, Gen. xxi. 9. Gal. iv. 29. which fell out thirty years after the promise, Gen. xii. 3. which promise was four hundred and thirty years before the law, Gal. iii. 17. and four hundred and thirty years after that promise, came Israel out of bondage, Exod. xii. 41. [1](emphasis added).

Other wars: The Exodus from Egypt was not the end of the wars for freedom for the people of Israel:

  • Joshua continued the fight for freedom and placement in a land of milk and honey a land of peace and freedom. The Book of Judges demonstrates that human beings cannot provide internal and or eternal freedom and peace. The people of Israel thought that they could experience freedom outside of God and begged for a “king” like the other people.
  • 1 Samuel 1 documented that there was no freedom outside of God.
  • David the man after God’s own heart fought continuously for a peace that never lasted.

Freedom without God’s peace is just enslavement to war-be it physical or emotional. So, how do we experience internal everlasting freedom? Isaiah 61:1 prophesied about the coming of the Lord and its impact on anyone who accepts Him as their Lord. 

‘The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners.’

Ultimate freedom comes only when we are found in Him “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 KJV). When He has reclaimed His lost children He gave them the promised gift. In John 14:16-19 Jesus explained why He had to return to His Father and what His children would receive in His absence. 

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, [The Holy Spirit] that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

When we accept Christ as our personal Savior instantly receive the precious gift of the Holy Spirit and the freedom that it afford us.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners [not as the disciples thought – freedom from Roman oppression-but internal freedom from “the law of sin and death-He paid for our freedom with His life”] and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” Luke 14:18-19 NIV)

  • Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 KJV). Where does the truth from and or who is truth?
  • Acts clarifies this point even more by stating “And by him [Jesus]all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
  • Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead [to sin] is freed from sin (Romans 6:6-7).
  • For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
  • Still wondering if Jesus could really set you free?
  • “If the Son therefore shall make you free, [so, Son and truth are synonymous] ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:32).
  • FREEDOM!
    • Bask in it!
    • Roll in it!
    • Run with it!
    • Live in it!
    • Love like Jesus and experience it!

This is the kind of freedom that no human being can ever control over! Where the Spirit of the Lord lives there is absolute freedom! Walk in freedom my friends. If you are still feeling bound please contact us and let us have a chat!

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Reference

  1. Henry Ainsworth, Annotations on the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses; the Psalms of David and the Song of Solomon (Glasgow, Scotland: Blackie and Son, 1843), p. 83. Accessed April 27, 2018. https://archive.org/details/annotationsonpen02ains.

 

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