Freedom into Family and Community


When we consider freedom in relationship to God, it is always from being enslaved into new life with God in community and family. That’s freedom. And it is a different definition of freedom than what the world teaches. Not autonomous. Rather, inter-connected…

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:31-36

18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:18, 22-23

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:5-6

Freedom in Christ is governed by submission to the Spirit. “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires. Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” Notice that the outcome of living into the Spirit is love and peace. Not freedom as the world defines.

Jesus said, “If you you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” And what is freedom in this context? The contrast to slavery is sonship. When we are free, we have a permanent place in the family.

When we consider freedom in relationship to God, it is always from being enslaved into new life with God. That’s freedom. And it is a different definition of freedom than what the world teaches.

The world’s definition of freedom is wrapped up in autonomy and a lack of accountability. This sounds a lot more like anarchy then it does freedom.

Some people may think they truly want freedom in this worldly sense, yet I think what we really want is community and family and inter-connectivity. We don’t actually want to be free and autonomous in a sense that leads to anarchy. We want accountability in the context of safety. In the context of love. In the context of family…

I don’t like rules any more than the next guy. My freedom, though, shouldn’t be self-centred and autonomous at the expense of others. In other words, in the kingdom of God, freedom isn’t selfish…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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