Gains of faith – Part 1
For, if we do not know the truth, how can we be set free? Aside from not being good, lack of knowledge of the truth is a great problem, even to people of God. Children of God sometimes wonder how some peculiar challenges come to them. But the Scripture affirms that “my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
Our knowledge of the truth brings the experience of freedom and liberation. It is knowing, believing, embracing, internalising, and personalising the truth of God’s word that sets us free, keeps us free, and makes us also able to set other people free.
“If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Spiritual freedom comes by getting connected to the Son of God. Everyone needs to come into His presence to be able to experience this freedom. Opportunity is always there for sinners to be connected and backsliders to be reconnected to the Saviour. The freedom the Lord grants is not partial but permanent. He sets us free from sin, sickness, and Satan to follow and become servants of righteousness. “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” As servants and students of righteousness, sin does not have dominion over us any longer. When the Son of God comes into our lives, He renews our mind, thoughts, and conscience, and makes us completely free from sin. He then becomes the Controller and Director of our lives. When there’s no more sin, the middle wall of partition that separates us from Him, we “become servants to God….”
God, Who grants peace after justification is the same Who “shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly”. The right place for evil powers, demons, and Satan for people who have made peace with God is “under [their] feet”. This will become a reality in your life as soon and as “shortly” as your faith can claim the promise. The Son grants true and complete freedom, not only from sin but also from satanic bondage. “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not, but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”
Christ, our Lord and Saviour set us free from seven-fold bondage. He grants us: (1) freedom from filthiness – God specialises in cleansing sinners from all filthiness of sin. Cleansed by God, the heart becomes free from all stubbornness and resistance to His Word; it becomes tender as He equally sanctifies and fills it with His Spirit. (2) Freedom from fear. Fear is a terrible emotion. Many times, what you fear, you attract to your life. Premonitions and terrifying dreams tend to become reality through fear. Satan uses fear in people to work against them as he did to Job. In the new covenant, it’s a new day, and fear is gone. (3) Freedom from the flesh. Some people are still involved with the works of the flesh and remain, voluntary slaves when God has declared universal freedom for all men. (4) Freedom from frustration. Hope deferred often brings frustration and depression, especially when there is a lack or loss of opportunities and means of livelihood or difficulty in finding a marriage partner. (5) Freedom from failure. Many people are battling with failure; they tell stories of ill-luck and inability to pass exams. With confession, conviction, correction, concentration, consecration, commendation, and conferment, there will be freedom from failure. (6) Freedom from falsehood. God sets free from false apostles, prophets, teachers, doctrine, as well as religion and ideology that despise Christ’s sacrifice. (7) Freedom from the fire. God sets us – family, property – free from the fire of the enemy. He also grants freedom from eternal fire through repentance, faith, and freedom in Christ. While genuine believers will go to heaven to walk on the streets of gold, those who reject Christ will burn in the eternal, unending fire.
Further Reading (King James Version): John 8:30-32; Proverbs 19:2; Isaiah 5:14; Hosea 4:6; John 8:36; Romans 6:18,22; 16:20; 1 John 5:18; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Job 3:25; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:1,2; Galatians 5:19-21; 2 Kings 4:1,3-7; Deuteronomy 28:1-13; Matthew 7:15; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Peter 2:1-3,17-22; Daniel 3:15-17, 20-27; Revelation 20:15.
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