Set Free

 

(John 8:34-36 NIV)  Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. {35} Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. {36} So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

Free to do what you want, when you want, where you want in ways that you want?

Free from sadness, pain, distress, and turmoil?

 

It’s our freedom to choose coupled with our sinful nature and imperfect knowledge that enslaves us. Bad choices lead to bad results. In what ways do you want to be free? Do you want freedom without responsibilities or consequences? Sometimes we do and that is when our freedom enslaves others.

 

The word, “Free” has an interesting etymology.

*   [Middle English fre, from Old English frēo. V., from Middle English freen from Old English frēon, to love, set free; see prī- in Indo-European roots.] The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

 

Thus we can deduce that if the Son sets you free you are loved indeed! No wonder we have such a love affair with freedom. The very word has love at its root.

*   (John 3:16 KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

*   (1 John 4:11-12 NIV)  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. {12} No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is the love that will set us free!

 

Clearly if this freedom thing is to work love has to prevail and has to be perfected. We need to become lovers of God and not lovers of self or lovers of anything that God would not approve of. We need to become God-like!

 

Now the only begotten Son of God was able to live a life without sin. When we become fully born of God, that is so say sons of God, then we will be able to live a life without sin also. It must be true or these scriptures could not be true.

*   (Rev 21:2-4 RSV)  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; {3} and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; {4} he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."

 

The world we live in today is not the world God created, it is the world we have created. We cannot change the world but we can make it a better place. We cannot change the world but we do not have to let it change us. We cannot change the world but God can and will change the world. There is a song that says what a day, glorious day that will be.

 

Consider this:

No longer will people be imprisoned or enslaved.

No longer will we be controlled by the will of evil men.

No longer will we be subjected to unfair and unrighteous circumstances.

No longer will we be burdened by circumstances beyond our control

 

Instead:

We will live in peace.

We will know true liberty.

We will see God face to face.

We will be like Him.

 

Happiness will not be a fleeting thing but an eternal thing, a thing that is real and normal. When we have been relieved of the burden of a sin-sick world we cannot even imagine what the world will be like or what we might do.

*   (1 Cor 13:12-13 NIV)  Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. {13} And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

*   (1 John 3:2 NIV)  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

 

We must wait for the perfect timing of God to see the fulfillment of these things but we can get a head start right now.

*   (1 John 4:15-19 NIV)  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. {16} And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. {17} In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. {18} There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. {19} We love because he first loved us.

 

So it is true even today.

*   (John 8:34-36 NIV)  Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. {35} Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. {36} So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

Let’s quit acting like slaves and start acting like sons. Let’s be, “Set free.”