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Freedom Defined

January 8, 2017 | Pastor Mark DuPré PB | From the series: Freedom in Christ

What do we think of when we hear the word “freedom”? Today and next two weeks, we are going to talk about Freedom in Christ. Romans 8.1-2 says: There is a freedom in Christ available to everyone in Christ. The characteristic of those in Christ is they don’t walk according to the flesh, but in […]

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What do we think of when we hear the word “freedom”? Today and next two weeks, we are going to talk about Freedom in Christ.

Romans 8.1-2 says:

There is a freedom in Christ available to everyone in Christ. The characteristic of those in Christ is they don’t walk according to the flesh, but in accordance to the Holy Spirit.

What is the flesh and how do I get rid of it or its influences? Romans 7:14-19 and 21-25 explains it.

The “flesh” is our fallen, never improving, constantly dragging you down, opposing God and godliness, human nature, that’s with you ‘til you die.

We can never relate to God by how perfect our record is. Yet, that’s how we are. And most people feel that God is out of reach because they try to relate to Him by their record; or they’re self righteous.

The first characteristic of Freedom in Christ:

  1. We’re free from relating to God by our obedience. (Bondage of the Law)

Romans 8.1-2

So the first part of freedom is relating to God by Christ Jesus. You can relate to God no other way. The Law of sin, the Law of the flesh, is like gravity. But what happens when a greater law comes along? We overcome the law of gravity every time we send a new probe into space.

You can freely relate to God, with all the accompanying freedoms, by trusting in, having faith and relationship through, Jesus Christ.

  1. We’re free from domination of the flesh.

Romans 8.5-6; Galatians 5:16 and 25

So what are these things that we do when we live according to the flesh: Galatians 5:19-21

What do we do when we are living and walking according to the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23

What’s that mean? We don’t HAVE to sin. We walked–meaning we moved forward in our lives–being controlled by fleshly pressures. We just need to walk in a completely new way.

“Instead of using ‘I’m human’ as a reason to walk in the flesh, let us use ‘I’m saved’ as a reason to walk in the Spirit.”

One of the great discoveries of living the Christian life is discovering what it means to walk in the Spirit, to walk in freedom. To discover His power at work in your life. We can say this: “Sin, you’re not the boss of me!”

  1. Free from fear of loss of relationship.

Romans 8.15-16

Adoption is a concept that dates back at least to the Roman times. Early Christians would take abandoned children in, and adopt them as their own. When we come to God through Jesus and believe on Him, something takes place. John 1.12-13

You are adopted by God. So a perfect Heavenly Father says, while you’re still a sinner and rebel, but throwing yourself on the righteousness of Jesus, I pick you. Freedom in Christ is freedom to return to Him again and again because that adoptive child status remains.

Concept of Rest: Hebrews 4.1,3,9-10

Rest has nothing to do with your bed, your couch, holidays or time off.

What rest is. It’s quiet, calmness, tranquility, peacefulness, serenity, and stability.

God created the world in 7 days. But there is no record of the end of that day of rest. God started a kind of rest that we get to share.

Alford said: “God’s rest is not a rest necessitated by fatigue, nor consisting in idleness, but is that upholding and governing of which creation was the beginning.”  God’s rest is not a rest FROM activity, but a rest IN activity.

Rest has to do with believing. And obedience.

Rest has to do with trusting and ceasing from our own works. It’s deciding once and for all that we can’t save ourselves, AND we don’t need to anymore.

It’s believing–and acting on it–that God’s way is the best way for anything, and that obedience to Him is the way to live. Then we get that rest.

Freedom in Christ is a growing life of rest, resulting from believing and following (or obeying) the Lord Jesus in a secure relationship that isn’t ruined by personal flaws and sinful shortcomings, lasting beyond this life into the next.

Are you free in Christ in all areas of your life?

Are you a slave to your fallen nature?

Are you believing God is your Father and willing to let you repent, find forgiveness and move ahead in your relationship with Him?

Are you at peace, rest, with God and growing?