Before I was saved, I had a misguided view of freedom. 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 this 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 Bible verses about freedom in Christ that guide us to the new life God intends for us!
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What Does Freedom In Christ Mean?
Why do we need freedom in Christ? What are we set free from?
All of us 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 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 true freedom in Christ, the gift of salvation and eternal life through Jesus in Heaven.
How Does Christ Make Us Free?
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 sets us free from the power and punishment of all sin (Romans 6:23).
How does Christ make us free? What are the steps to freedom in Christ?
- Believe on Jesus as your Saviour.
When we come to Christ, we become born-again (John 3:3) and are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our new relationship with God allows us the freedom to live the life that God has set out for us.
- Follow God’s new path for your life.
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.
Bible Verses About Freedom In Christ
Besides the freedom from a future hell, there are many more freedoms we have in Christ now in this life. Let’s take a look at some of these freedom in Christ verses and rejoice in the great love of our Saviour!
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.
In the Book of Galatians 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.
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 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).
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, 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.
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 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 the new life that Christ has given us.
True freedom in Christ comes by grace through faith 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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