Freedom

The straightforward truth of the gospel concerning what it means to be under grace.

For it was written in Jeremiah that God shall put his laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 10:16).

The law is good if used correctly, but it was not intended for a righteous person, but for those that are lawless, disobedient, ungodly, unholy and sinful (1 Timothy 1:8-11).

The apostle Paul reprimanded Peter because he was not being straightforward about the truth of the gospel. Peter gave the impression to the gentiles that they had to live like Jews, even though Peter himself stopped living like a Jew, and starting living like a gentile sinner (Galatians ‪2:14-15‬).

The straightforward truth of the gospel is that we are free of the laws (including the Ten Commandments) and the Jewish ordinances, and we are instead to be guided by the spirit of Christ. That it is our faith in Jesus Christ alone that saves us from our sins, and not by also attempting to follow the laws (Galatians 2:16, Hebrews 11:6).

Before faith in Jesus Christ arrived the people were imprisoned under the law. The law acted as a tutor to bring the people to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we no longer need a tutor (Galatians 3:21-26).

For the promise was given to Abraham before the law was given. The law is not contrary to the promise, and the law cannot take away the promise. If you are in Christ, you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Now the heir is no different to a slave whilst he still remains a child, because he is under the tutors and his guardians until the time appointed by his father (Galatians 3:21-26-4:7).

The apostle Paul explained when Abraham had two sons, one was born a slave (subject under the law), and the other was born free (not under the law). The scriptures say the son of the slave shall not be heir with the child born of the free woman (Galatians 4:21-31).

The apostle Paul said “For freedom Christ freed us. Stand fast therefore and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

We have been called to liberty. But be warned that we should not use liberty to give an opportunity to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For the entire law is fulfilled in one sentence, which is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians ‪5:13-15‬).

If you are guided by the spirit of Christ, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).

The works of the flesh are revealed as adultery, sexual immorality, impurity, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, rage, selfishness, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. Those that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians ‪5:19-21‬).

The fruits of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law. Those who are in Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26).

Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments. The first of these great commandments is “Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”. And the second is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Jesus said these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets (John 14:15 , Matthew 22:37-40).

For being under grace does not give us licence to continue breaking God’s laws, but we do not have to be so meticulous. We should stride to not make sinning a regular part of our lifestyle, and allow the holy spirit to lead us out of sin. The flesh and the spirit are always in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please (Romans ‪6:14-15‬, Galatians 5:17).

Love is the key, because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

The path to genuine love is to apply moral standards to your faith, then knowledge. With knowledge comes self-control, then comes patient endurance which leads to godliness that results in brotherly kindness and love for everyone (2 Peter 1:5-8).