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Freedom can be described in many ways but in this article, we will be talking about spiritual freedom. Having freedom in Christ allows us to be aligned with God’s will for our lives.
Jesus paid the debt for our sins to give us that freedom through the Spirit and through faith by justification. When we accept that and accept Jesus into our hearts we find true freedom from the power of sin. God’s power overtakes us when we submit to Christ.
What Does Freedom in Christ Mean?
Being free in Christ doesn’t give us the right to live the way we want to live. Having that freedom isn’t so we can live recklessly doing what we choose to do on a daily basis. Sin leads to death and Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice so we wouldn’t have to.
Freedom in Jesus means that we ought to do what is right. It’s so important for us to read and study the books of the Bible and really apply the Bible verses that we read to our lives. The world’s definition of freedom is the total opposite of God’s definition of freedom.
God didn’t want us to be slaves to sin so Christ shed His blood on the cross and paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. When we submit ourselves to Christ and truly follow Him, we can experience freedom in Christ.
We need Jesus because our sinful habits, negative thoughts, and even our attitudes take over us. We have the choice to put our trust in Him and take the Roman’s Road to Salvation. It is only then that we can experience true peace of mind and live in that freedom.
As Christians, when we keep growing closer to Christ and mature in our walk with Him things will become easier. God never said the walk and our journey would ever be a piece of cake. We will face trials and tribulations that He will help us overcome.
What Does the Bible Say About Freedom in Christ?
In 1 Corinthians 10:23, Paul talks about the believer’s freedom:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.” (NKJV)
The culture of today’s society wants us to believe that we have the freedom to live and to express ourselves by doing whatever we want. But having freedom in Christ means we get to choose God’s best for ourselves every day.
We must trust that He will set us free AND He will because He has proven to be faithful. There is a true blessing in following God’s will for us because it’s right regardless of our emotions or worldly peer pressure.
If you continue to read down to verse 31, it says:
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
We have a choice to bring the glory back to God. God gives us free will and the choice to live for ourselves or to live for God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us when we accept Christ into our lives we become a new creation. The old has passed away and we aren’t in the bondage of our sin anymore.
Christ lives in you and the Holy Spirit will help direct your path. The Bible tells us to pick up our cross and follow Him while denying ourselves. Our flesh is sinful in nature but when we have God in our hearts we can continue to grow spiritually, die to ourselves, and follow God daily.
Ways We Have Freedom in Christ
It’s pretty easy to let negative thoughts come in from day to day but we need to remember as Christians, we are free from so many things.
The Spirit of the Lord sets us free when we accept God into our lives as our Lord and Savior and ask for forgiveness of our sins. We do not have to submit to the slavery of sin. The Son sets us free for us to be who God created us to be, to fulfill His purpose for our life, and to know our true identity in Christ.
There is so much power in that freedom that we can’t even fully comprehend. But the thing is, we don’t need to know the full capacity, we just need to believe and submit to God every single day.
Freedom allows us to put all of our hope and trust in God and to live by faith. We do this by dying to sin and our old ways and becoming a new creation when we accept Jesus into our hearts. Therefore we have a new life in Christ and are delivered from the punishment of sin.
We must hold onto this freedom and because of this, we don’t have to worry about all the “what if’s” or falling short of the glory of God. We don’t have to worry if we fall short of His expectations either. We simply need to believe in Him and His Word and live for Him the best we can each day.
We have the freedom to cast our cares and our burdens up to Him (Psalm 55:22). We are free to walk daily with our Lord and Savior. We can choose to follow His standards and not conform to this world.
The Holy Spirit that lives inside of us can help us daily with understanding the Word of God, to gain wisdom and discernment with our decisions. God is with us, within every breath that we take, and in every step, we grow closer to Him.
1. We are Free from Guilt and Shame
We don’t have to suffer from the guilt and shame of our own sins or even our decisions.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:11
2. We are Free from God’s Wrath
“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9
3. We are Free from Being Slaves to Sin
Sin has no power over us because Jesus paid our debt on that cross in Calvary. God let His one and only Son give his life to pay the price for us to have freedom.
“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14
4. We are Free to Walk with God Daily
Praise the Lord we have the freedom to have a relationship with God and to be able to walk throughout our lives with Him.
“What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,” 2 Corinthians 6:15-17
5. We are Free to Pray and Talk to God 24/7
We can bring all our worries and fears to God. God wants us to talk to Him and to lay down the weight we carry on our shoulders. We don’t have to be anxious or fearful. Pray to God and let Him take those feelings away in exchange for peace.
6. We are Free from Satan’s Dominion
We have the freedom to not let Satan persuade our ways. Sin has no power over us and neither does Satan. God has already won the victory and delivered us from the power of darkness.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
7. We are Free to Have Eternal Life
As believers, we all know this verse practically by heart. When we are saved God gives us eternal life and we can enter the pearly gates of Heaven. God has prepared a place for me and you.
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3
Freedom in Christ Verses
Acts 13:38-39 – “Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.”
Romans 6:22 – “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 – “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Galatians 5:1 – “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 3:22-23 – “But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.”
Galatians 5:13-14 – “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”