Freedom Through Christ (Galatians 5:1-15)

WW2015-wk9For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore and do no submit again to the yoke of slavery.”

The idea of freedom bears in it the concept of a release from an oppressor. Some examples of this idea are the following: We as Americans will almost automatically think of the freedom we won through the Revolutionary War from the oppression of England. In the Old Testament, a Hebrew person would have automatically thought of the release that God had given them through the Exodus from the oppression of Egypt. Christ accomplished a release from oppression very similar to these examples, but in a much greater sense. But how did Christ accomplish this?

He accomplished this by defeating sin. Christ conquered sin in three different ways. The first way that Christ conquered sin was through being sinless. Jesus Christ was actively obedient to the law of God, causing the sacrifice of himself to be satisfying to the wrath of God. John talks about this in 1 John 3:3:

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as He is pure.”

Jesus, who is pure, became sin for believers so that we might be declared righteous before God. Are you savoring the righteous robes that have been wrapped around you today? The second way Christ conquered sin was through His death. Christ’s death was only part of the work, but it was a significant work because it is only by the shedding of perfect, sinless, and unblemished blood that there can be forgiveness of sins. Jesus went to the cross as a sacrificial substitute so that he could be given life. Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 15:55-56:

“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Christ has conquered sin by His death, and he has given us his victorious rewards, namely freedom from sin. Are you living in that freedom? The last and most important way Christ conquered sin was by resurrecting from the grave. Paul exclaims that Jesus is indeed resurrected in 1 Corinthians 15:20-21:

 “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

By conquering sin through his resurrection, Christ accomplished an ETERNAL release from the result of sin, death. Similar to, but greater than the examples in the first paragraph, spiritual death was the oppressor, and Christ was the releaser. He fought and won release from the grip of eternal death, so that as you live the rest of your life, you can live free from the slavery to sin.

Reflection Time:

  • Is there sin in your life that you are willfully submitting to? Have you realized yet that you do not have to live in slavery to that sin? Repent, trust in Jesus, and revel in the freedom the gospel has provided everyday.

This week’s devotional was written by Kasey Clark. Kasey is an aspiring pastor and currently serves as a church planting intern at New Circle Church in Downtown Indianapolis. He loves digging deeper into theology and helping his church family do the same.

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