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Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Believer’s Emancipation Proclamation

Realizing how much God loves us is to realize that God has given us everlasting life that never ends. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). 

We were born sinners resulting in our separation from God. Consequently, the penalty for sin is death (Rom. 6:23), but Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, atoned for our sins when he died on the cross. This atonement made reconciliation between God and mankind possible. 

Now, we are set free from condemnation because Jesus Christ has liberated us by giving us access to God. John 8:32 tell us, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). 

The Bible is the believer’s Emancipation Proclamation which promises us that God will free us from Satan, sin and all forms of evil. Our responsibility therefore is to believe God’s word and persevere. Paul wrote, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bandage” (Gal 5:1). 

It’s apparent that each Christian wages a war against carnality; it is our nature, “the old man. Understanding each element of our carnal nature will help us fight this lifelong battle. 

In writing to the Galatians the Apostle Paul said, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21). 

It is therefore clear that sin will hinder us from entering the kingdom of God. However, the word of God said, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn. 1:9). 

The Father has called us to liberty. His freedom is there for us to enjoy, but its purpose is not a selfish one. The freedom God imparts to the believer motivates us to love and serve others (Gal. 5:13). 

The Spirit of God is a Spirit of liberty, and where the Spirit there is liberty - the glorious liberty of the children of God (2Cor. 3:17). Because of God’s great gift of liberty in our lives, we are able to say with Paul, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:1-2). 

The atonement is a cause for genuine celebration. it gives us direct access to our Father in heaven. Therefore, encourage each other with these words. God bless you!

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