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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Law and Freedom

Two important words... Law and freedom.  In the Greek, my research revealed that the word translated "law" comes from the idea of parsing out food to animals.  It is a prescription and regulation (in the sense of being metered or governed).  It isn't this idea of taking away or preventing.  It is guidance intended for our good.  And this guidance, intended for our good, promotes freedom.  In the Greek, the word translated "freedom" or "liberty" comes from a root word meaning unrestrained.  Combining these two words leads me to this understanding... "God's prescription of living, or laws, release me from restraints and enable me to live free."


Take a look with me.  First, let's look at Galatians 5:1... "It is for freedom that Christ set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and refuse to submit again to the yoke of slavery."


Freedom is something God intended for us in Christ.  It requires effort on our part to maintain that freedom.  So now let's look at James 1:25... "But he who looks into the perfect law, the law that makes us free, and does not turn away, remembers what he hears; he acts on it, and by so acting he will find happiness."


There is a prescription God gives us.  It is to treat an infection, a corruption in our being, that is a consequence of sin and lust (2 Peter 1:3-4).  This prescription gets called "law".  It is a perfect law.  A law (or prescription) that frees us and leads to our happiness.  It is this "law", this prescription, that should guide our conduct and serve as the basis of evaluating our wellbeing (or "our being judged" - James 2:12).  This leads to last the verse I will ask us to look at:  2 Corinthians 3:17... "Now the Lord of whom this passage speaks in the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."


When I am in God's presence and He is in me, I have permission, I am guided, I am shepherded, I am protected, I am FREE!  When I am free, I am happy.  I am free when I follow God's prescription for me.  It is what God intended.  It pleases Him.  It is an act of grace.  How exciting to know we can live truly free as we live in the presence of God, through Christ Jesus our Savior.  Amen.

8:52 am edt 

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