"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."
1 John 4:7-11
What does it mean to be free? Many people live their whole lives believing that freedom means living without restraint. This was the lie that Satan told our first parents, Adam and Eve (see Genesis 3). But the Bible teaches a radically different kind of freedom. It is a freedom that transcends the dictionary definition of the word. It is a freedom that I found in a solitary confinement cell of a maximum security prison.
True freedom is freedom in Christ. It is not freedom from the law, but freedom from death – the penalty the law requires for even the slightest sin. It is freedom from trying to make yourself right with God by keeping the requirements of the law. It is freedom in the finished work of
Jesus Christ at the cross.
But true freedom is also freedom in the Spirit. It is through the Spirit that those who are free in Christ fulfill the law of love (Galatians 5:13-26). Jesus summarized the whole law in two simple points: “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:34-40).
About the writer:
Lowell Ivey is a third-year student at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, SC. He was converted as a prisoner in solitary confinement at the Estelle High-Security Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Through faith in Christ and repentance, he was made a new creation. Since his 2009 release, he met and married Mae; they have one daughter and are expecting their second baby this year. His perspective on being free in Christ is sure to encourage you.
1 John 4:7-11
ARE YOU WALKING IN FREEDOM TODAY? TRUE FREEDOM CONSISTS IN KNOWING THAT "GOD IS LOVE"
(1 JOHN 4:8).
Bible In A Year
- Exodus 13-14
- Psalm 32
- Mark 12