Word of the Month

Free through Christ

February 2004

The aspiration of peoples and the individual to be free from all constraints and oppression is understandable. After all, who would want to live in servitude? Freedom is a high ideal of human existence. Wars have been fought, great sacrifices have been brought, and many a life has been offered for freedom. However desirable earthly freedom is, it pales in comparison with spiritual freedom.

Many a person under the impression that he is free is in reality bound through some spirit, perspective, or ideology. Only those who have been freed by the Son of God are free indeed (c.f. John 8:36). How does this happen? Jesus Christ gave the answer: "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (c.f. John 8:31.32).

It is indisputable: divine truth is manifest in the word of the Lord, effected through the Holy Spirit at the altar. Whoever allows himself to be led into this truth by accepting and following His word is indeed free - free through the Word, redeemed and justified through grace. The Son of God made this possible through His sacrifice on the cross. If we keep His word and grace in high and holy esteem and grasp it with all our hearts, we will be made free. All spirits must respect this freedom.

We can also be made free through faith. Noah and Abraham's faith was accounted to them for righteousness by God. And divine righteousness is a guarantee for freedom. Children of God are also able to come to freedom by overcoming evil. How happy does the soul not feel when we have overcome evil! We feel inner satisfaction and quiet joy because we are no longer dependent on all other spirits.

Let us think of the future: the return of the Lord to take home His bridal congregation. Eternal freedom in glory together with God and His Son wait for us there. Let us not become dependent on anything earthly. These dependencies often creep up on us stealthily. Let us ward them off by grasping His word and grace, strengthening our faith and overcoming ungodly things. Let us make ourselves free through the Son. He has purchased our freedom from the claims of the Evil One, and He is leading us to glory.

(From a service by the chief apostle)

 

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