When I think of the 4th of July, Independence Day, I think immediately of the many freedoms we have in America. Freedoms which our forefathers died to gain. I thank God for the privilege of living in this fine country.
To the Christian, there is a freedom far greater than those our forefathers established. The freedom from the power and control of sin is indeed the most important freedom we have. And it was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Dear Lamb of God Who made it all possible. Because of this freedom, we are free to receive everlasting life and live the abundant life. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are taken from the New International Version of the Bible.
This Bible Study was originally written for young Christians, although much can be learned by non-Christians and older Christians.
Some people, with a casual reading of these verses of Scripture, might conclude that once we are saved, we have the freedom to live as we choose. After all, some may argue, our salvation has made us free! Lest we jump too quickly to that conclusion, let's consider the possibility that we are not free to do as we please.
When we accepted Christ into our heart, at that same time, we should have committed our life to Him for service. He became the Lord, the Master, the Controller of every part of our life; our thoughts, our speech, and our actions. Our thoughts, our speech, and our actions will demonstrate how willing we are to allow Christ to control us. It is important for us to form the 'habit' of serving Christ. Romans 8:4, "in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit."
Romans 6:16, "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" Striving to be Christ-like can become a lifestyle. --No, we are not free to live as we choose. So, Brother Bob, what does this say about our being free?
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May God speak to your heart! Bob Conar