UV 2130/10000 True Liberty
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5 v 1
True liberty is spiritual freedom that we get when we are set free by faith in Christ from the many bondages of sin, its consequences and death. If we do not sin, we shine. When we sin, we are taking away light or truth. When we obey the truth who is Christ, we are set free from sin and its consequences. We should therefore not return to a lifestyle of sin. We are set free from envying, anger, hatred, strife, drunkenness, sexual immorality and the like. We are also set free from the onerous requirements of the law of Moses- the many rules and regulations. We have one law now and it is the higher law, the ultimate commandment that of love and service.
We should no longer get entangled knowingly or unknowingly with the lusts of this world. These are the yoke of bondage that restricts us, limits us, entraps us. These bonds have been broken with the death and resurrection of the Messiah. The Messiah saved us from our mess. We should not therefore return to it. We should not return to the loveless legalism of the bondage of law- a thousand do’s and don’ts. The law is the veil that kept us from the Shekinah radiance of the Lord. That veil has been torn asunder from top to bottom indicating it is an act of God so that we can freely perceive the truth and freely obey it.
We are no longer to be led by the law but we are led by the Spirit of God. He guides us through the many dynamic scenarios, situations and choices in our lives. He enables us to enjoy the freedom we experience in the presence of the Lord. He illuminates our paths so we should know the next step we should take. We trust Him for our ultimate destination, that He would help or enable us to get there. We are not bogged down by restrictions and prohibitions, the shackles of the expectations of society but we take our stand on every issue in accordance with the revealed will of God as per His word. When we err, the Holy Spirit disciplines us, when we do the right thing, He encourages us.
Prateep V Philip