Before I was saved, I had a misguided view of freedom. I didn’t know about all the freedom in Christ verses in the Bible. I grew up thinking that freedom meant that I was able to do whatever I wanted. I could live any kind of life that I chose. I could make my own decisions and choose my own path in life.
However, since coming to Christ and being saved, I now understand the true meaning of freedom.
Jesus came to earth to show us the real meaning of freedom. He set us free from the false sense of freedom of personal independence and decision-making, to show us a life that we ought to live (John 8:36; Galatians 5:1). Scripture is full of powerful freedom in Christ verses that guide us to the new life God intends for us!
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Freedom In Christ Verses
There are many freedoms we have in Christ. Let’s take a look at some of these Bible verses about freedom in Christ and rejoice in the great love of our Saviour!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 3:16
Why do we need freedom in Christ? What are we set free from?
All of us have a sinful nature and have sinned against our holy God and deserve the everlasting punishment of hell. But God wants freedom for us…freedom from sin and sin’s consequences. (Romans 3:23, Matthew 25:46)
When God forgives us of all trespasses: past, present and future, He sets us free from the righteous requirement of the law…the wrath of hell that we deserve.
God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world, to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16). Jesus took the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross at Calvary, and then rose again three days later.
When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we receive spiritual freedom, true freedom in Christ, the gift of salvation and eternal life in Heaven.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:23
Sin denies us the freedom that Christ has for us. It keeps us in the darkness, away from the light of Christ. Without Jesus, we are nothing more than slaves to sin.
That is why the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for us is so significant. Jesus’s death grants man forgiveness of sins and sets us free from the power and punishment of all sin.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.Galatians 5:1
In the early days of the church there were Jewish leaders who came to Galatia and tried to teach the Christians that all must follow the Law of Moses. They were preaching a works-based salvation through the works of the Law and being a stumbling block to God’s people.
In the Book of Galatians the apostle Paul emphasized the truth of salvation through faith in Christ alone so that the Galatian believers would know the truth and not allow anyone to persuade them to believe otherwise. Because Jesus set us free, we need to stand firm in our beliefs. We cannot allow ourselves to be slaves to sin again, nor to be persuaded to believe that our works can save us.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2 Corinthians 3:17
We believe in the trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit is, there is freedom.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.John 8:32
What is the truth? How will it make us free? The truth is Jesus Christ Himself. It is through faith and forgiveness in Him that we are saved and thus, set free.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.John 8:36
Only those who truly come to Jesus and have faith in all that He has done for us will be set free from the bondage and heavy burdens of sin. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) We are set free from slavery to sin (Romans 6), spiritual death (John 3:36), and corruption (2 Peter 2:19). We are a free people indeed!
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.Romans 8:1-4
Romans 8 is the perfect chapter to turn to when you are struggling with sin and desires of the flesh, feeling depressed, unsure, discouraged, and in need of some real plain Biblical truth. The main message from Romans 8 is that God’s perfect love conquers all sin, delivering us from the power of sin!
There is confirmation that salvation is through Christ alone. There is no condemnation to those who belong to Christ (those who are saved). The law of the Spirit of life in Jesus has set us free from sin and spiritual death. Our sins are forgiven and our slate is washed clean with the blood that Jesus shed when He died on the cross for us.
The Law does not grant us our salvation. God sent His only begotten son, Jesus, into the world, in the flesh, as a man. Jesus was even tempted with sin, but never sinned, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins, and for the sins of the whole world.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:Colossians 2:16
Christ fulfilled the entire law and in so doing set us free from the ordinances of the Mosaic law. I am so thankful that God did away with the sacrificial laws when Christ became the final sacrifice for sins!
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16
When Christ was crucified, the veil of the temple was rent in twain, opening the way for us to go boldly into the presence of God. We as God’s children have free access to the throne of God and may approach our Father in prayer with every need and concern! And know that He cares and will help!
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.Romans 8:15
Through faith in Jesus we are adopted into the very family of God, and are given the freedom in Christ to call the Almighty God, our Abba, Father!
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.Galatians 2:20
Jesus died for us because He loves us. His perfect love motivated Him to be crucified on the cross for our sins.
Paul illustrates in this verse that when we have faith in Jesus and are saved, we become closer to Him, and feel as though we were crucified with Him on the cross. In a way, we were, because our sins were nailed to the cross that Jesus was crucified on.
Although, we still have to live in the flesh, we are now walking and living in the Spirit, and are free to live a new Christian life in the freedom Christ has given us.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
When we surrender our lives to God, He shows us the true meaning of our purpose in life, and His Will and plans for us. We are guided by His directions to walk on the right path, the straight and narrow (Proverbs 3:5-6), the path that leads to the peace and joy of obedience to God, rather than the pain and bondage of sins’ consequences.
More Freedom in Christ Verses
Here are a few more Bible verses about the freedoms we enjoy in Christ.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage…For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
1 Peter 2:16
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
1 Corinthians 6:12
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:22
For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
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For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1 Corinthians 9:19
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
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But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
2 Peter 2:9
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 8:9
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
These freedom in Christ verses teach us that true freedom comes by grace through faith in Christ alone. We are no longer a slave to sin, and are set free, and set apart from this world, for God’s glory. We cannot find peace and liberty in our own works, or in anything or anyone else in this world. To be free in Christ is to be forgiven of our sins, and to walk in the Spirit of the Lord.
Are you walking in freedom?
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