License Not to Sin [Part 3]
By Alan Wright — June 13, 2016
Are you ready for some good news?
You’re free in Christ. Free from selfishness. Free from idolatry. Free from fear. You’re free not to sin.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13–15, ESV)
Today’s broadcast is the final message in the extensive, powerful study of Galatians. It’s appropriate to end on a resounding note of freedom. That’s what Galatians is ultimately about – freedom in Christ.
But freedom, from God’s perspective, is quite different from the world’s definition. Many people think that freedom means never submitting to anybody. By God’s design, though, freedom comes through submission to Him.
In the Old Testament story of the Exodus, God freed His people to no longer be slaves to Pharaoh. In their freedom, they were free to worship and serve God. They were set free so that they could be yielded to the true God.
The cocaine addict once felt “free” to abuse the substance, but quickly finds that he is enslaved by it. He’s only free when he’s “free” to not use cocaine. How foolish to equate freedom with a lifestyle of self-indulgent sin! Freedom means that sin is no longer your master.
In Romans, Paul tells us we are set free in Christ from the law of sin and are now slaves to righteousness. When you find that you are a slave to righteousness – when you want to do God’s will – that is true freedom. When you want to do what Jesus does, say what Jesus says, feel what Jesus feels, you are free indeed.
Once you understand freedom, you don’t ever have to be afraid of grace. Instead, lap up the grace of God. Get soaked in grace. Do you want to have less sin in your life? Get soaked in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Christians, you are free from the stain of a guilty conscience. Do not hesitate to draw near to the throne of grace in your time of need. You are free from the fear of punishment and God’s wrath. In Christ, you are free from any fear of wrath and punishment from God. You need not be afraid. He died for you. You’re free – truly, deeply free. And that’s the Gospel!