Our common talk about liberty often leaves out what we are free to do. But God does not leave us in the dark about the sweetness of our freedom. When Jesus says we will be free indeed. He means we will be reallyfree. What does it mean to be really and truly free?
Being really free, we are free from guilt unto righteousness. Christians are free to live in Christ’s righteousness. We have been given this righteousness to wear as a breastplate the Bible says. We don’t have to walk around saying we’re guilty, guilty, guilty. Because we’re not. We are righteous, righteous, righteous. That is, we are as we ought to be in Christ. God does not see us as guilty. He sees us as just what we ought to be.
This is a terribly important truth for us to get. It bring fresh air and fresh confidence into the Christian. And we often go without it. We are free to walk around day by day in the very righteousness of God. Romans 3 says, “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ forall who believe.” God’s righteousness for you. You get it. If you’re a Christian you have it. It is freely yours. It does not go away or diminish when you botch something up. You’re free to be really happy about being really righteous, unchangeably so.
Being really free, we arefree from sin’s dominion to exercise dominion over it. Christians are free to dish out dominion on the bully that used to hang them up by the shirt collar on the school locker. The tables have been turned. Romans says, “sin shall have no more dominion over you.” Then we are told, “put to death what is earthly in you.” Kill it. You have the liberty to kill it. You could not before. But now you can. The Spirit lives in you. The Word of God abides in you. You’re free to identify sin. Sight in your spiritual weapons. And blow sin away. You’re free to fight sin, and win.
Furthermore, being really free, we are free from shame unto glory. Shame is not the same thing as guilt. Shame is the disgrace that sin brings. But, Jesus bore that shame for His children. He suffered our shame. He was despised, disgraced for our sin. The sin’s now gone and the shame with it. Isaiah 61:7 speaks of the year of the Lord’s favor which is upon us in Christ. It says there, “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot.” Christians are free to live in the joy and glory of God. We’re free not to hide our face, but to walk with our heads held high in Christ. We are free to behold the glory of the Lord and be transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Being really free, we are free from condemnation unto communion with God. Romans 8:1 says there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Instead of furious judgement, we are free to know the favor of God. We are free to walk with Him. We are free to sit down with Him at table. We are free to feast with Christ, sit at His feet, learn from Him, draw near to Him. God isour God, believer! We are His sons and daughters. Here is our freedom.
Being really free, we are forever free. The liberation that Jesus has brought us has no end. We will go on in righteousness. We will go on in victory over sin. We will go on in the glory of God. We will go on fellowship with Him.