Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. – Galatians 5:1
One of the duties of a steward is to be able to distinguish between the freedom that we have in Christ and our liberty, apart from the Law. The Apostle Paul reveals that we have been released from all moral and ceremonial obligations of the Law. We are not to be dissuaded from the liberty we have received but to stand in it.
The Law came to reveal to man his inability to produce the God-kind of life. In setting the Ten Commandment, God’s purpose was not to regulate our lives. If that were His purpose, then it would imply that He failed because for all the years that the Law existed, man could not attain perfection through it. But God cannot fail! The Law could not bring man to a state of completeness and perfection. This is the proof that it was not meant to make man perfect, but to reveal to man his inability and his need for a Saviour.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. – Galatians 3:10-11
If one were to break any single aspect of the Law, any of the regulations given by Moses, he is equivalent to the one who has broken the entire Law, and is cursed. There is no way we could live by the Law. We are not justified before God by relying on dos and don’ts. God is pleased by faith and finds no pleasure in our ability to fulfill what was given to reveal to us our limitations.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. He was made a curse for us. He who knew no sin was made sin for us so that we may become the righteousness of God. This is the lifestyle of faith. Believe what Christ has made you to be; believe in the identity He has given you and you will be free from the constraint of the yoke of regulations, to experience the liberty you have in Him.
I am emphatic about this. The moment any one of you submits to circumcision or any other rule-keeping system, at that same moment Christ’s hard-won gift of freedom is squandered. I repeat my warning: The person who accepts the ways of circumcision trades all the advantages of the free life in Christ for the obligations of the slave life of the law. – Galatians 5:2-3 Message
Paul told the Galatians that if they gave themselves to any form of regulation, they were refusing their liberty and Christ would profit them nothing. Thanks to the death of Christ, we are already free. However, it is possible to be free in Christ yet allow your liberty to be taken from you due to your manner of life. In our walk with Christ, we are to stand; in other words, there is a steadfastness that is required of every child of God. This speaks about your convictions. You need to understand the why of the what.
The term “liberty” is taken from the Greek word “eleutheroo”, which speaks of a condition of independence, our freewill and a condition of freeness. We have been freed from the yoke of Moses yet there is a liberty we are to enter in.
There are different ways by which our liberty is expressed.
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. – 2 corinthians 5:15
The first practice of our liberty is for us to live not unto ourselves. If we fail to understand this, we risk living a life of libertinage, living as though our lives have nothing to do with others. Your actions and deeds ought to mind others. Christ died for all men and not just for you alone. His death was all-inclusive. We are not to live just for ourselves. Live with the consciousness that the people with whom you interact daily are represented in Christ just as you are equally represented in Him.
This article is an extract from the message titled “Our Glorious Liberty” by Dr. Annie Smith.