A Galatians Fourth of July: True Freedom in Christ

Happy birthday, America! I pray God’s blessings on you, for as a Christian, I am to seek the well-being of the land where God has placed me (Jeremiah 29:7). I celebrate the freedom I have found in your borders, and I remember those who fought for that freedom. For freedom is not cheap–politically or spiritually.

As I think of the freedoms of my country, I remember the bedrock of freedom I have in Christ.

galatians 5,1

And what is this freedom? True and ultimate freedom is:

  • Being out from under the curse of sin (Galatians 3:10-11)
  • Receiving God’s promise of righteousness by faith (Galatians 3:21-22)
  • Found in the Gospel of Christ, not “the different gospel–which is really no gospel at all,” (Galatians 1:6-7). A gospel driven by the approval of men, in other words, popular opinion. A changeable, socially acceptable gospel. And of these men who grant approval, Paul writes, “These people are zealous to win you over, but for no good,” (Galatians 4:17).

galatians 1, 10

  • Dying to self and living in Christ (Galatians 2:20).
  • A calling in Christ and an invitation to serve others (Galatians 5:13).

galatians 2. 20

  • Evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
  • Keeping in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

galatians 5, 25

Are you grateful for freedom today–both your country’s and your spirit’s?

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