As Americans, we started this month celebrating our freedom. We are indeed blessed to live in the land of the free! As Christians, we have a different kind of freedom to celebrate as well. Throughout the New Testament we find verses about our freedom in Christ.
Here are just a few…
Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.(NIV)
So, we can rest assured that our faith in Jesus has set us free, but from what? The Bible makes it clear that we all sin, and our sin has consequences. The ultimate consequence of sin is death.
When Jesus died on the cross, he took all of our sins, past, present, and future, onto the cross with him. By doing so, he took our punishment on himself, defeating Satan by defeating sin.
When we become a Christian by first acknowledging that we have sinned and then accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as the punishment for those sins, we are set free! Free from the Law and free from the eternal consequences of sin. Free indeed!