Clinton church of Christ

The Lord is our Liberator

July 6, 2010

John Allan

Freedom is a word that is familiar to our vocabulary. Part of the reason we hold the word so dear is because it is represents a value closely associated with the history of the nation in which we live. Yet there is another, even more important, reason that freedom is a word near and dear to Christians; the freedom we enjoy in the Lord Jesus Christ.

To speak of liberty in Christ is to affirm that sin enslaves man. If we are slaves to sin we cannot also be free from sin and dwelling in the body of Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 Paul helps us understand the idea of being liberated from sin. Five times in those three verses a form of the word “reconcile” is used. When a word like that is used so often in such a short amount of space, how do you ignore it?!

In those verses Paul wrote:

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” ( NKJV. Emphasis added.)

Reconciliation has been defined as the process of making consistent or compatible. When we apply this definition to being reconciled to God we understand that while we were entangled in sin we were inconsistent with God. In other words, we were lost.

Paul explained that we are reconciled to God through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). This reconciliation occurs through obedience to the gospel. When we submit to the gospel we are being consistent to God’s plan of salvation. We are added to the Church by the Lord and liberated from our sins.

There is no greater freedom to be enjoyed than freedom from sin. What a powerful thought, and what comfort it brings!

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