Posted by: Joe Palmer | July 4, 2009

What the Bible says about Freedom


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The Word of God is powerful. It contains the power to free our minds, which in turn frees our spirit, and ultimately our body also. Please consider these verses on freedom. Allow God’s word to change your life.

Psalm 119:45 (New International Version)
I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.

God’s word is freedom to those who seek to obey it. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

Isaiah 61
The Year of the LORD’s Favor
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners

Luke 4:17-19 (New International Version)
17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18″The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]

Jesus claimed the prophesy of Isaiah early in his ministry. He was to proclaim freedom to the prisoners. It is amazing that we seek the freedom to sin, Jesus offers freedom from sin.

1 Corinthians 7:20-22 (New International Version)
20Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him. 21 Were you a slave when y ou were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave.

One of the curiosities of the Bible is the fact that while it’s precepts ultimately lead to the ideals that would abolish slavery. It doesn’t seek to right this social wrong. It simply urges us to live within the bondage as a freedman in Christ. It is my personal conviction that God knows that we will never correct all the wrongs of society. The greater concern is to live in view of the spiritual world not the physical world.

1 Corinthians 8:8-10 (New International Version)
8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols?

We have freedom but we should use it wisely. Some things that are right can be wrong if they hurt others. As the verse below points out sometimes that which is permissible is not constructive or beneficial. Do that which does no harm.

1 Corinthians 10:23 (New International Version)
The Believer’s Freedom
23″Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (New International Version)
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

God’s Spirit gives freedom. We are growing to become like Him.

Galatians 5:13 (New International Version)
13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature[a]; rather, serve one another in love.

Don’t let the pursuit of freedom lead you to sin. The ultimate freedom is to show love.

Ephesians 3:11-13 (New International Version)
11according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Can you imagine having access to the richest and wisest men of this earth? What about the kings, presidents, and rulers of the world. While you may not have that access, you do have the freedom to approach God daily.

James 1:25 (New International Version)
25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

God’s law gives freedom. It is amazing to think of rules and regulations as freedom. Look at our traffic laws though. Is it not the laws, rules, and regulation that make travel safe, and free?

James 1:25 (New International Version)
25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

1 Peter 2:15-20 (New International Version)
15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
18For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.

Live like a free man. Don’t sin and call it freedom. Remember those who promise freedom outside of Christ cannot deliver. They are slaves of their own sin.

By Joe Palmer

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Responses

  1. I wish that one could make some others understand what FREEDOM IN CHRIST really means. They only seem to be concerned with freedom to do thier desires. Keep up the good work!

  2. Great post Brother! Good reminder of where “real” freedom is.


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