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A (CHRISTIAN) DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (FREEDOM IN CHRIST)

A (CHRISTIAN) DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (FREEDOM IN CHRIST)

Pastor Rich Holt 

Just 239 years ago 50 men signed a document written by Thomas Jefferson. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That document was the Declaration of Independence signed in congress on July 4th 1776. Declaring their freedom from the oppressive rule of England. In Romans chapters 7-8 Paul writes what could be called a Christians Declaration of Independence. In these verses Paul declares that in Christ we have been set free from three things.

We are free from the LAW [7:1-6]

In Paul’s day, you were righteous by keeping the Law, by DOING certain things TO BE righteous. But no one could ever be righteous by keeping the law. James “the half-brother” of Jesus in his letter writes in James 2:10 “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”. We can never be good enough or do enough to be made righteous in the eyes of God. It is not what we do that saves us, it is what Jesus has done for us. Jesus has done all that needs to be done to make us right before God. Nothing we will ever do will add to our salvation.

We are free from the frustration of the Flesh. [7:14-25]

We are frustrated because we have the desire to do good. Paul expresses this in verse 18 where he talks about his own struggles. We are frustrated because we delight in the Gods law. As Christians we want to do good. We love God, and He has been so good to us! We know what we should do. BUT our sinful desire is so strong at times it is like it has a personality of its own. It is almost like it is not even us doing it. But it is. What advice did Jesus give? Watch and Pray!

We need to be alert and we need to recognize our own vulnerability.

And we need to pray and depend on the leadership, power and protection of God. 

We are free from CONDEMNATION [8:1-4]

If you are still in your sin when you stand before God. God will bang the gavel and pronounce you guilty and sentence you to eternity in the depths of Hell. Yet, we are set free from condemnation when we are “IN” Christ. How do we get in Christ? “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)   We confess with our mouth that Jesus is the Son of God and believe that God raised him from the dead. Our society doesn’t even have a clue to what freedom is. They think freedom means, that they are free to do whatever they want. It means that kids are free to do whatever they want to do in school “go not go” “study not study”, and it means adults can do to whatever is necessary to get ahead…and you could probably add your own to this list, etc…

IN CHRIST WE HAVE FREEDOM–TRUE FREEDOM!

We are free from the law “Do to Be”, free from the frustration in life, free from Condemnation.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

 

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