2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Often times, the error many Christians fall into is the issue of rightly defining the liberty granted to us in Christ Jesus. The word liberty does not mean outright free to act anyhow, however you think or you feel without recourse to established rules and regulations. The word liberty connotes freedom of life guided by legality, established ethics, and right moral conducts.
True liberty is living as we should, not as we please. True liberty is living according to the will of God, not living according to our will. Often times, we assume liberty to be living life just anyhow our mind suggest to us. Just like the citizen of a country who has freedom/liberty as accorded to him by the law of the land. He cannot just wake up to do anything or say anything. Anything he says or does must be such that is permitted by the laws that govern that nation and like it or not, the laws vary from one country to another and from one city to another.
Christ has redeemed us from the burden of the law. Which law do we refer to here? It’s the law of sin and death, that puts man in bondage to serve sin. The essence of the law is not to make man free to serve God, but to show man as a sinner completely under the bound of sin and death. Hence, Jesus Christ came to give us freedom from such administration by giving us grace and truth, which brings us into liberty. But this liberty is not a licence to sinful living but a licence, empowerment or liberation to live as God has designed us to live.
The concept of liberty as defined in the scripture is such that takes us from being a slave to sin, to being free to serve God in truth and in spirit without fear of condemnation, guilt or reproach. First, we are absorbed of all sins and trespasses of the past by God forgiving us all our past sins and so we know that “if any man be in Christ, He is a NEW CREATURE, old things have past away, behold ALL THINGS have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17. And by this, he comes into liberty knowing fully well that “there is therefore no condemnation to them which are IN CHRIST JESUS, who walk not after the flesh, but walk after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1.
You will realise that it’s not just walking after what you feel fit or walking after the flesh, it is walking after the Spirit. Walking after means you are being controlled and directed by the Spirit of God that guides you daily to obedience and righteousness. You don’t just wake up to do whatsoever comes to your mind, rather you do what the Spirit of God leads you to do. Now, note that I didn’t just leave it at the spirit, but I went further to say what the Spirit of God leads you to do. Therefore you must understand that living in liberty is living under the influence of the Spirit of God, who teaches you daily to obey the truth, and guides you always to walk in the path of righteousness.
One scripture you must always put to heart when you think about your life in Christ is this “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2. We were made free from the law of sin and death to be subject to another law in Christ. Man is always guided by a law. The genetic formation of a man is such that he obeys certain laws of life. No man can live without being subjected to a law. When a man claims to live above the law, he will self destruct. We’ve been made free from the law of bondage, the law that completely binds us to condemnation and guilt of sin. We’ve been freed from the domineering power of that law that shows man as a guilty sinner, not free to serve God in spirit and in truth and have been translated to another location which is in Christ that we should henceforth serve God rather than serve sin.
Liberty is freedom to relate with God, and not freedom to behave in a manner that is unlawful. Liberty is not licence to sin. Liberty is not lawlessness. Just like God told Pharoah, “let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” Liberty is freedom from the task master which is sin and death, to serve God peacefully and in rest in the land of the promise. The promise of the Father is the Holy Ghost, and that’s the location of worship or service to God. So that they that must worship God must worship in SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. God bless you. Walk in true liberty.