“Freedom is Not Free”

“Freedom is Not Free”

This week our nation celebrates Freedom – Independence – the ability to live and worship freely. We cherish the word “Freedom”, yet we recognize that securing that Freedom and maintaining that Freedom has come at a great Price!

Those patriots who fought to secure these Freedoms knew the great cost involved. And so, as they closed the Declaration of Independence, they included these words:

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Romans 8: 1-4

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

In Christ we have been set Free! Free from the Law of Sin and Death! Free from the Fleshly weakness! Free from the Penalty of Death that the Flesh produces!

God sent His Son to be an Offering for Sin. To condemn sin in the flesh. So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us. So that we might live according to the Spirit and not the flesh.

Freedom in Christ is a wonderful gift but was purchased at a great price. May we pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to Jesus Christ and to walking according to the Spirit!

1 Peter 1: 18-19

…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

-John Helbig


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