So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31, 32, NASB).
July 4 is the United States of America’s Independence Day. For most Americans the word freedom connotes a political notion. Yet, for Christians living in America, it should have an expanded meaning. In this country, followers of Jesus have the freedom to know and follow the truths of the Bible.
In the Dictionary of Basic Bible Truths, Larry Richards conveys:
For Christians true freedom is the freedom to live out our commitment to Jesus in daily obedience. Because God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide and enable us, the freedom to live for Jesus truly is ours.
What are the implications of Christian freedom? First, when we submit to Jesus and live by His words, we experience true freedom. His words guide us away from what harms the human personality to what brings us fulfillment and joy. Second, when we submit to Jesus, we experience a surging power that carries us to goodness. What we could never do on our own becomes possible through the Holy Spirit. The freedom Jesus brings is a freedom to achieve beyond our ability and above our potential.
Christians believe in freedom. But, Christian freedom is not a license to live as we please. Only when we choose to follow Christ, and by means of the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, will we experience the abundant freedom God intends for us.
Pastor Cecil Price
July 4, 2021