A while back a young woman who prayed in my presence to receive Jesus quickly and enthusiastically said one word. That word was Freedom!!! She seemed to learn something instantly that it takes the rest of us a long time to absorb. What was she freed from and what are all of us freed from when we receive Jesus?
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham*s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Galatians 5:1: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Some of the freedom that God gives us is instantaneous but some of it is part of a growth process. Our freedom grows as we grow as Christians. We grow as Christians as we absorb the word of God, the Bible. When we were young children, our parents had rules we had to follow. As we grew in our understanding of the rules and how breaking them harms us or someone else, our parents gave us the freedom to make more and more of our own choices. One of the things that we were freed from was our own foolishness. It works the same way when we become Christians, children of God.
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The more we who have received Jesus study and know of the Bible, the freer we will be. We are free to decide how free we shall be. We are free to choose how much we study the Bible.
Romans 8:21: Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Romans 6:18: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Romans 8:2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
1 Corinthians 8:9: But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
1 Corinthians 10:29: Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man*s conscience?
2 Corinthians 3:17: Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Galatians 2:4: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
Galatians 5:13: For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
1 Peter 2:16: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Spend your freedom wisely.