But, as great and wonderful as is the freedom we have had, and experience in the U.S. right now today, and as great as were the sacrifices that gained it for us, it does not begin to compare to the freedom made available to us in Christ Jesus, the Son of God or the sacrifice by which it was gained. Christ, the Son of God, willingly suffered that horrible death on the cross to save us, to set us free! Not a physical freedom but freedom from sin. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Romans 8:2). God tells us through His word that we are all guilty of sin and that those guilty of unforgiven sins are dead spiritually and will die eternally in the fires of hell (Rom. 3:10, 23; Eph. 2:1; Rev. 21:8). Yet, He has provided a way out of all this, a way for every person to move from slavery to sin to freedom from sin and that way is through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. This makes the greatest freedom available in the world today available to every single person in the world but, they must respond to it, apply it to their lives to truly be free from sin and right with God. How do they do this? It begins with a true faith in God and in His Son, not just “believing” or claiming to believe, but a belief, a faith that moves one to obey what God says one must do - Believe to the point one repents of, turns away from their sin, is willing to stand up and truly confess their belief in Christ and be baptized into Christ death, burial and resurrection. In the act of baptism one made a part of Christ death burial and resurrection. Paul describes this for us beautifully in Romans 6:3-11. Paul shows us that as Christ died on the cross so, we die to sin, as Christ was buried, so we are buried in the water, as Christ came forth, was resurrected out of the grave, so we are resurrected out of the watery grave of baptism as a new person, one who has been born again, one who now has a brand new life to live for Christ and for God. This is the greatest freedom one will ever experience.
So, I hope that everyone will have a great 4th of July holiday but, I hope you all will experience the even greater freedom in Christ and be saved eternally.
Until next week, I love you all,