Is Freedom Free?

Text: 1 Corinthians 6:20, Romans 5:8-15, 6:1

July is an important month to all of us as citizens of this great nation we call our home.  It was on July 4, 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. This document announced that the thirteen American colonies (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island) and the Providence Plantations, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.  This war of liberation that lasted from 1773-1787 came with a cost of 25,000 lives. They died that the 2,500,000 who remained would taste the sweetness of Freedom. This secular expression of Freedom was the beginning of the United States of America.

But with this celebratory remembrance we are also reminded that another act of liberation which   happened over 2000 years ago freed every man, every women and every child who believed that Jesus Christ died for our sins. The gift from his death was eternal life after this mortal life is over; and the assurance of direction and comfort on this side of the grave.  There is a major difference between secular freedom and spiritual freedom.

With secular Freedom the gains may not be permanent; i.e., consider  the  recent  Supreme Court decision which significantly weakened the 1965 Voter Registration Act.  Additionally, if we look at the  Civil Rights Act of 1964,  which was to establish ethnic equality, we continue to fight in 2013,  discrimination in employment, housing, education and other social fronts which in essence paralyzes if not eradicates the capacity of an individual to work without encumberance to secure the American dream.

On the other hand spiritual Freedom is permanent.  Consider, the Apostle Paul wherein he writes in our Corinthian Text “ye are bought with a price”.  Our freedom from the penalty of sin was paid in full, not ever to be renegotiated or changed.  It is done,  forever more.  And in our Romans Text,  Paul draws an analogy between Christ and Adam and the impact their acts had on mankind.  A beautiful comparison is given…vs. 17”.. one man’s offense vs. Jesus righteousness, vs. 18 “by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

Thus far I think we can unequivocally answer the question posed by this month’s subject: Is Freedom Free?. NO …. The cost was great; the life of our Saviour. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”—Hebrews 9:22. To the giver of eternal life, the price was costly, to the receiver; it was and remains a free gift.  My sisters and brothers the gift is there, for the taking.   Aren’t you glad God gave us Freedom  through his Son Jesus Christ, a Freedom  that no one, I mean no one, can take away?

Yours in Christ,

Dempsey Scott Harrison, Jr.

 

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