Often times, Christians speak of having “Christian Liberty”. This is a term that refers to the fact that, through Christ, we are no longer bound to strict adherence to the law of Moses, and are able to enjoy God’s creation more fully. Christian liberty is a good thing.
But, many people use this word as a way to justify their own continuing sinfulness. They say, “Well, God forgives me completely in Jesus, so He’ll forgive me if I do ___________. ”
How arrogant, of us to presume upon God’s grace!
THis is exactly the attitude that the Apostle Paul warns of in Romans 6:
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Paul says we have a new way of living now, a way that does not tolerate sin. And He goes on to say that our old self, the sinful, unrighteous self, was crucified with Christ. It died! And because it died, we are no longer enslaved to sin.
You see, before Jesus broke into our hearts through the Gospel, we were enslaved. We were under the controlling power of sin. And we were unable to get free. This means that everything we did, not matter how good it was, was stained with sin, because ultimately, our motives were less than holy. We were sinful through and through. But through Jesus, we have been set free.
And Paul continues:
For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; ddeath no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
This is what Christian liberty means:
We are free to no longer sin!
We’ve spent our whole life sinning, but Jesus has made a way for us to not sin. He has made a way for our actions to actually please the perfect, righteous God of the universe. Through Jesus, we have died to sin, and through Jesus we have been raised to life, so that our sinful ways might die and we might be free to live for Him.
Christian liberty is living freely in Christ, no more wallowing in the prison of sinfulness.
We are free, and we are called to live in that freedom. God has prepared a life of joyful liberty for us, free from the power of death, free from the weight of sin, and free to please the Lord with the new life He has given to us.