Scripture: Galations 5:1 "Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

Introduction: Many are looking forward to times free from work, time to play or just rest. In the Holy Bible the apostle Paul writes about our freedom in Christ. He is talking about grace. Jesus Christ has set us free from the bondage of the law.

What does if mean to be free in Christ? I would like to suggest what that freedom should mean to every Christian.

1. It means that we are free from the judgment of God - Hell, if you please. No child of God will taste Hell after death. As a Christian we may have a lot of trials and tribulations. But the day will come that we will be free from these.

2. It means that one day we will be free from the presence of sin. We who are Christians are aware of the presence of sin. We live in a sin cursed world that seems to get worse by each passing day. We find ourselves in a real battle with it, the flesh is weak. And, if we don't stay close to Jesus, the tempter, (Satan, the devil) will overcome us and we will find ourselves walking a guilty distance from the Lord.

3. It means to be free from the fear of death. Jesus Christ through His death has taken the sting out of death. There is of course a natural fear of death for most people. There are some who defy death. But we who are saved can have the assurance that when death comes for the Christian, the fear will be replaced with joy as we enter into the presence of the Lord. The Holy Spirit lives in us now, but then we will see the face of our blessed Lord if we have accepted Him as our Savior and made Him Lord of our lives.

4. It means free from the penalty of sin. What happens when a Christian sins? Does he/she lose their salvation and be lost again? No never, but God corrects His children. He loves us so much that He will use the rod of correction on us. But, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Enjoy your freedom in Christ.
And, it will mean much more to you if you will share it with others.

Preacher Bill Taylor
Wingate, NC

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