Independence Day, 2014 — What does freedom mean to you? Some thoughts…
Unconfined? Undefined? Not really, because we agree to limits — the law — and associate with ideas that provide context and meaning in life. I’m blessed to claim my citizenship as an American, and be defined by that ideal.
The covenant of Grace provided for us by Christ frees us from the condemnation that comes with sin. It also defines us — the old man dies and a new man is born to life in a new spirit.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4
“who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” — Through love for the one who died for our sins, it becomes so much more alluring in life to please Him in our thoughts and actions than it was to feed our fleshy lusts. The joy of the Lord is to be in his presence, not separated from Him in our sin.
In our freedom from the condemnation of sin we are confined and defined by life in the Spirit of God — who Himself is ultimately unconfined and so great as to be undefinable.