Godly Freedom

Michael Beck

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

There is freedom in Christ for sins of the flesh and sins of the spirit. We do not have to yield the members of our body to commit the sins of adultery, fornication, and uncleanness; nor do we have to yield our minds and hearts to the sins of anger, bitterness, and hatred.

Christ has purchased for us a great salvation. This salvation does not simply deliver us from the guilt and penalty of sin. He who the Son makes free is free indeed. We no longer are under any necessity to give in to any sin. Sin has no dominion over us. We are no longer the servants of sin, but we are the servants of God. The kingdom of God is within us, and we can glorify God in both our body and spirit.

Temptations will come, but they are no indication of our continuing sinfulness. They make us no more sinful than they made Jesus sinful. As He declined the offers of Satan in the wilderness of His temptation, so we can do the same. When the devil would seek to take advantage of any situation, and exploit any of our God-given desires, we have the liberty to tell him, “No, I will not yield to your suggestions. Your offers are declined. I will stay true to my God.”

This is the liberty Christ has purchased for us. It is not the world’s liberty to do as we please. It is the liberty that God’s Son has paid the ultimate price to give us: a freedom from sin, and a freedom to do only and always what pleases God.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.