In the beginning, God…
July 5th, 2019
In the last twenty-four hours you have probably been inundated with message after message regarding freedom. This isn’t one of those messages.
The Disciples structure of freedom is radically different from any other framework in existence. People will describe freedom as being able to make your own choices, but when you look closely at the scripture, it tells us we only become truly free when we surrender our will to the will of God. This biblical truth turns the humanistic concept of freedom on its head.
Truth is another area where Christianity is a radical concept in today’s world. I remember back in the sixties (yes, I can remember that far) when someone would espouse that ‘truth was subjective’ almost no one would consider that person serious in any way.
Yet, today, subjective truth has evolved to the point that people are offended if you don’t, at minimum, accept their truth as being a valid argument for not only them, but everything around them.
To the point many will insist that we actively seek means to intergrade these various versions of truth that individuals have to allow them all to subsist collectively in the same space. I’m not a big fan of Sigmund Freud but I think he would have said to even consider such a possibility would be lunacy.
The Christian world view is in direct conflict with this concept of individual truth. Our truth is founded on the Bible as the Word of God. We take the Gospel as gospel because it is not variable and moldable. It is consistent and unchanging.
For us, truth is The Word and the Word is Jesus!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.
John 1:1-5 (NET)
Our truth isn’t pliable. It applies to every life, but it doesn’t change for anyone. Jesus, who he is, what he’s done, what he desires for us, and what he will do moving forward; never changes.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them. We have an altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from.
Hebrews 13:8-10 (NET)
It is in this truth, the Word of the Living God, we find our freedom and that very freedom defines who we are and how we interact with this world we remain in for a time.
It is that very freedom that defines how we must interact with the world around us. It is that freedom that not just forms our world view but solidifies it more indelible than the strongest metal.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:13-14 (NET)
Freedom itself called us to this walk with the creator. That same freedom calls to each and every person drawing breath. It calls to them to understand that they are loved beyond anything they could ever have imagined. Not a love that is fleeting and fickle. A love that has endured the test of time from generations upon generations.
This Love is the truth of the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Who purchased our liberty on Calvary and stands at every heart’s door knocking, seeking to enter in and commune with the one he gave his life for; us!
Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20 (NET)
It is the truth, the Gospel truth! The only truth that is unchanged by human definition. Because…
So if the son sets you free, you will be really free.
John 8:36 (NET)
We all can be “Free Indeed!” God’s standard for freedom.
“and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:32 (NET)
Jesus, the Word, the Truth, and the Life; “Free Indeed!”
In the Grace of Jesus!