Free Indeed

Free Indeed

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True freedom in Christ is to live in the freedom that He alone can give to us.

In John 8:31-36 Jesus is speaking to those Jews who believed on Him.
He proclaims a true freedom to them, the freedom from the slavery to sin.
This inner freedom is can only be experience through the obedience of faith.
This kind of faith is set before us in the life of Abraham.
Romans 4 tells us that when Abraham believed God, even without the law, it was counted to Him as righteousness.

So our faith in Christ, when He speaks a living Word into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, will be counted to us as righteousness.

However, James 2:14-24 tells us that if faith does not work in our life, it is dead being by itself.
So Abraham’s faith was perfected through his obedience a 2nd he was called the friend of God. James 2:23

This faith is also perfected through the covenant of circumcision.
Not the circumcision of the physical flesh, but as Romans 2:28-29 tells us it now is a circumcision of the heart.
Stephen speaks to the Jews of this circumcision in Acts 7:51 telling them they are always resisting the Holy Spirit.
Paul also speaks of it in Philippians 3:3. He tells us the true circumcision is those who put no confidence in the flesh.
So we see that this circumcision is needed as a sign of God’s covenant with us, which brings us to a child-like dependence opon our Heavenly Father.

It also works in our life as a living sacrifice to God. This living sacrifice produces the good and acceptable and perfect will of God upon the earth today, just as it did in Christ’s physical body while He lived on the earth. Romans 12:2

This life of sacrifice purifies our love for Christ.
When God asked Abraham to offer his only son Isaac to Him, it purified Abraham’s love for God.
God’s testimony of Abraham is recorded in Gen.22:12
“Now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
James 2:23 tells us he was called the friend of God.
This purified love sets us apart from any earthly promise or experience if God.
As it worked in Abraham and others who walked in this world as aliens and foreigners, not even owning a piece of the promised land, except for his burial plot.
Acts 7:5 / Hebrews 11:13:16

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ; let us also walk in the promises of God, as one who doesn’t own it, but rather desires the friendship of our God more than any other thing.