2nd July 2011

Are We Ever Really Free?

“But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
Romans 6:17-18 (NKJV)

One of man’s great ideals is to be free. Wars are fought over it and many have died in its cause. But in reality there isn’t actually any freedom at all. Scripture makes it clear that we are all slaves of one thing or another.

We were slaves to the ways of this world without any choice. Slaves have neither rights nor privileges, but are required to do just exactly what their master wishes. The Apostle Paul tells us that we were slaves of sin; we had to do what our master required of us and that was to sin.

What a predicament!

But God be thanked we have been set free from sin.

Notice the apostle Paul shows how in Romans 6:3, 7, 10: “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death…. For he who has died has been freed from sin…. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives He lives to God.”

Isn’t that amazing? When we are baptised we are baptised into the death of Jesus, who thereby frees us from slavery to sin. We now are free to choose whose slave we will be. What a wonderful salvation; free now to choose the path of righteousness.

Notice how Paul shares this good news with Titus: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:11-12 NIV UK).

We now can choose to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit and live lives in obedience to God:  “while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:13-14).

Our Father in heaven, thank you for the deliverance afforded to us through the sacrifice of your beloved Son, Jesus. Thank you that we are now free to choose to obey you and resist the temptations of the devil and his world.

Study by David Stirk

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