“If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful-
for he cannot deny himself”
2 Tim 2:11-13
I found this article by Albert Mohler about Steve Jobs to be a really great insight into what it means to be free. We can really get caught up here in the States about our Rights and Freedoms. Most of the time, its about what we have the freedom to do. The right to vote, the right to bear arms…
But how often do we consider what these rights and freedoms rescue us from?
We can look at Christianity in much the same light. There is the temptation to think about our freedom in Christ as allowing us to do certain things, the biggest being our right to enter heaven. But how often do we consider what we have the freedom from?
Paul refers to this in Romans 6… we have become sons of God through Christ if we live in the Spirit, who is the guaranteer of our faith… thus we have died with Christ to sin. We have no obligation to sin, to rebel, to choose an idol for our joy over that of Christ. And since we have been freed from this, we should not think of excuses or means to chase after sin. It is our freedom from sin that sets us a part from the rest of humanity. It is this that shows the eschaeton more than anything else. We are already alive in the future of our hope.
Of, course, this doesn;t mean we aren’t going to fall and fail. However, it is a change of perspective. If we are only aware of our freedom to do things, or how others are obligated to act towards us, then we can and will lord it over each other, or make others feel unworthy and inferior. Do our rights trump others? Does our want, our “right”, for safety or comfort somehow degrade someone else’s? OR is our freedom from things giving us the mind of Christ, who though human did not sin. Does ti give us the same mind of Christ, who came to serve, not to be served?He owed nothing to no man, but became sin for us. When we suffer for doing what it is right, God is glorified and Christ is made known.
Becaue really, we are entering into Paradise not because it is owed to us, as if there is anything we could do to boast our way in… we are saved through the umerited grace and favor of God. Like Paul, we need to surrender our rights to become the servants of Christ He wants us to be.
And what an example we have in Christ, who,
though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.