Focus on God

Freedom is a gift of Jesus, given to us, and received by
faith. We can understand receiving freedom from things
such as additions and habits, but the freedom that God
fights for is freedom from the bondage of trying to be
good.  God frees us from "salvation through the law".

The law can do many things. It can guide us, teach us
(Galatians 3:24), and tell us about God's character.  It's
like a mirror showing us a dirty face or a hair out of
place.  But the law cannot give us the power to wash
ourselves or correct ourselves.  It cannot help us please
God.  It is a powerless negative. "Do this", "don't do
that", but it has no power to change us.  Only faith in
Jesus Christ gives us freedom.

Some have hoped that if they do enough good things, it
would outweigh the bad and that God would then wink at
their sin. The problem is that we couldn't possibly do
enough to outweigh just one sin against a holy God.  If
we come to God on the basis of our own law-keeping,
then our law-keeping must be perfect.  As mentioned
before, no amount of obedience makes up for one act of
disobedience.  If you are pulled over for speeding, it
won't do any good to protest that you are a faithful
husband, a good taxpayer, and have obeyed the speed
limit many times. It's all irrelevant. You have still
broken the law and are guilty.

Jesus, on the other hand, is the perfect, sinless Son of
God. He is the perfect High Priest.  And the good news
is that God sent him to free us from the burden of
keeping the law by paying the debt we owe him.  Talk
love!  He did what no man can do for himself and
thus has set us free. “If the Son makes you free, you
will be free indeed!” (John 8:36)  

Jesus is the one who justifies us (that is, treats us as if
we never sinned).   He is the one who purifies us.  He is
the one who frees us to relate to God as our Father with
confidence and without fear. Unfettered by guilt and
empowered by his Spirit, we come to Him, not out of
duty, but motivated by our love for Him.

We don't make ourselves free by doing good works.  
We could never do anything to earn salvation.  Isaiah,
in shame, wrote, “all our righteousness are as filthy
rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,
like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 63:6)

The writer of Hebrews compared the legal requirements
for the cleansing of sin. “How much more will the blood
of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself
without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from
dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14)

To accept works as a way of salvation is to minimize
who God is. God is greater than our tiny attempts at
cleaning up the mess we made. The One who created a
billion times a billion worlds and who holds all things
together dealt with the sin issue. The writer of Hebrews
said, “when He had made purification of sins, He sat
down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”.
(Hebrews 1:3)

Sitting down indicates that all is completed! We can't
add anything to what God has already been done
through Jesus Christ. He is The Freedom Fighter!
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