‘So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. ‘

Galatians 5:1 NLT

In Christ, there is freedom. Freedom is not a lack of structure. In fact, it is all about structure. Specifically, freedom is the ability to define structure based on your discernment. In Eden, we cheated on God to gain this burden. Believing ourselves to be able to handle the weight of discernment, we instantly became overwhelmed by all the possibilities that freedom gave us. But in Jesus, we have a true north again. If we rely on him, we are now free to make meaningful choices in real-time and in real space. This is a profound blessing, that due to our traitorous ways, we are completely undue. So now the question becomes, “What are we to do with this freedom?” For most people, this choice returns them to abuse and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Eventually, the ability to discern merely returns them to sin and the need for the law. But for the mature believer, this should not be so. Believers should use their freedom with intense respect for the work required to pay for it. They should strive to live in its blessings. They should use it to cultivate their relationship with God more, rather than continuing to act as if they are merely stumbling in the darkness. In fact, because of Jesus, they can now see clearly. The whole world is opened to them and they should live as if that matters.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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