By: Min. Angela Lee Price
On this July 4th holiday, we celebrate the birth of our nation, freedom and independence. Let us also celebrate the Believer's freedom in, with, and for Christ. Freedom in Christ describes the spiritual liberty we have as followers of Jesus Christ through his death, burial, and resurrection. Through our confession of faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have been set free from the power and the penalty of sin. The Bible states, "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death"(Romans 8:1-2).
Our freedom in Christ allows us, by the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome temptation and those sins that once so easily beset us. This freedom does not give us the right to do whatever we want, disregarding the plain truth of the Bible, but gives us power to keep God's commandments. Romans 6:1-2 states, "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?"
Brothers and sisters, not only do we celebrate freedom in Christ, we celebrate freedom with Christ. We live with Christ right now through the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:10-11 states, "And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you." And when we get to heaven, Jesus has prepared an eternal home for us free from the very presence of sin in our lives (John 3:16).