There is liberty

3079b520c062d6652954f6ca96a04db52 Corinthians 3:16-18 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

This morning I thank the Lord that at salvation, when the Holy Spirit came in, He brought a freedom from the bondage of sin and death. Before salvation, I couldn’t but help it. I was “under” a life of sin and death. But when Christ came in, two things happened:

First, I was made free from sin and the law, and free to serve the Lord in the liberty of my conscience. The word liberty means: The state of being free from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views; a right, or privilege, especially a statutory one; the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. I was made free and at liberty to serve the Lord without the letter and condemnation of the law hovering over me.

Secondly, I was made free to be changed into the image of Christ. We must understand that the “veil” of the law and that bondage was put away so the we could see the glory and image of Jesus. It’s not so we can just walk after the dictates of our heart. We have been made free from the blindness that the law brought, so that we could see clearly, and be “changed into the same image from glory to glory”. Simply put, we can now see and know the life of Christ (the “glory”, the Gospel), and therefore ought to live a life like Christ.

This morning, I’m thankful that we’re free in Christ. And I’m further thankful that through the Spirit, I’m free to see His glory and “choose” to live my life in service to Him, seeking to become more and more like Him each day of my life.

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