“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5-1.
One of the greatest words to be spoken, yet much better to be experienced, is liberty. In America, it seems for a long time that we have taken for granted the privilege of being able to choose where we want to go, what we desire to eat and even more importantly, the freedom to speak our mind. Our freedoms are under attack as perhaps never before. Let me remind each of us of something that should sober us. That is, the wealth of independence is not fully appreciated until it is not.
With the previous thoughts shared I want to take us back to the scripture text above. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Galatian church was admonishing his Christian audience to stand firm (like a rock) in the “liberty” that the Lord Jesus Christ had brought them and not be ensnared once more by a yoke of slavery.
Having been delivered from the vice of the law (summarized very briefly as to attain righteousness or a right standing with God on my own works) some of the Galatians were now turning back to that (the law) which could never give liberty. What liberation are we talking about? That from something much more destructive than our present plight: sin.
The law was given temporarily for the ungodly and for sinners as, may I say, a mirror to see the purpose of the law being Jesus Christ as the one to bring a right standing with God. Why do some many desire to accomplish “God things” in our own efforts? Is it because we have never experienced true liberty from sin or have taken for granted the wonderful deliverance from sin, both in my actions, and in my heart?
In conclusion, as we celebrate our national independence, let us once again remember its gifts. Yet far greater, still remember the freedom from sin the Lord Jesus Christ has brought to every repentant one toward God and who has put faith in Jesus Christ.