Freedom in Christ – 2016.05.02
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Paul never ranted at something so strongly as at lawfulness. He knows, one either got freedom in Christ or is bound by the law. Those that need to keep one law need to keep all the others as well. Hoping to get saved by righteous behavior means rejecting Jesus’s sacrifice.Paul didn’t support lawlessness in that sense that everyone can do as they want. He wants to bring people to Jesus so that they can be free. Truly free! When Jesus lives with someone how could that person lie? It’s just one or the other!We really like laws. In the church there are rules what a christian should do and what not. That way the live with Jesus gets drowned under laws, there is no joy in that. What about Christ, what about the salvation, and what about freedom when there are only rules?The law takes advantage of the fact that most people care a lot about what other people think of them. That way, many people live under the rule of the masses. But we only need one thing: Jesus. With Jesus we don’t need rules or laws anymore.
I hear a lot about how we have to give tithe to the church. But caring for the pastor comes natural to someone who lives with Jesus. There doesn’t have to be a law. Often the leadership of a church takes care that everyone respects the elders, but when the people embrace Jesus respecting their elders will come automatically and the law becomes obsolete. As a christian you shall not… You have to… You can never… Those are the fruit of lawfulness and not the mercy.
Never drown out the mercy of Christ with lawfulness! There can be only one – mercy or law. Never judge your neighbor according to the law but according to the mercy of Christ. Did Jesus judge your neighbor already? Like that, you can’t judge him. Instead, put yourself under the mercy of God and not under the law that will judge you.
Paul wrote in verse 13a warning: "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."
This is the only guideline we need in our daily life as a christian and in church!
Thank You Jesus, for You have liberated me from the yoke of the law! I am free because I am safe with you. You live in my heart and You guide my steps. Thank You Jesus, for the freedom! Thanks for the trust You put into me! Thanks for Your mercy which is just the greatest gift!
Bible reading today: 2:19-30