Posted by: SandreS | July 4, 2010

Let Freedom Ring!

Galatians 5:1:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondag” (King James).

Christ has set us free in freedom; stand fast therefore, and be not held again in a yoke of bondage (Darby).

For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage (American Standard).

It was for freedom that Christ has set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (Common Edition).

For freedom Christ frees us! Stand firm, then, and be not again enthralled with the yoke of slavery (Concordant).

For freedom did Christ make us free; stand fast, therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage (Weymouth).

According to Galatians 5:1 Christ freed us for the purpose of freedom! He freed us to be free – not entangled again into bondage. He freed us to experience freedom. God wants us free, living in our freedom in Christ. If we are not breathing the freedom for which Christ made us free, then we are ensnared in bondage.

The Liberation of Truth

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

We should never be afraid of the truth. Truth liberates, while error enslaves; and the bondage that comes from error is far more binding than that of a physical prison.

The entire world around us lies in the deep bondage of error. They are,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (II Timothy 3:7).

Theirs are,

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth(I Timothy 6:5).

Truth has never been popular. The masses have never possessed it and its freedom. One of Israel’s sins was that truth had fallen in the streets (Isaiah 59:14). Strangely, the truth will also make enemies:

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Galatians 4:16).

Some “receive not the love of the truth” (II Thessalonians 2:10), and will “not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:3-4).

Oh, that we may pray with David of years ago,

Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth, and teach me: for You are the God of my salvation; on You do I wait all the day (Psalm 25:4-5).

Have you already been freed by Christ and His truth? Then why are you not living in the place of personal freedom that Christ has provided you then? Who or what is it that has you in bondage?

Perhaps you or others are attempting to fulfill the role of God in your life. Maybe for years you have given way to the endless expectations of yourself and others. Maybe you live a life of manipulation by others; but manipulation is not God’s method. God’s way is freedom, and He wants you to enjoy the freedom to know and be who He has made you to be.

Let freedom ring out in your life. Do not be satisfied to be in bondage of heart and spirit any longer. Be free – for this is why Christ set you free. Be bold enough to live in your freedom. Live your life for an audience of One!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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© 2010


Responses

  1. You say ‘Truth has never been popular’, Clyde, and that raises hackles in my heart, because I have heard that accusation all of my 63 years, all of them in relationship with Father, in one way or another, and it’s not pleasant at all!
    What I remember for all that time, save the last few months, is fundamentalist leaders, and preachers insisting that the truth I had to accept was WORSE than I imagined, not liberating at all.

    The way Wayne Jacobsen describes it is a ‘Bait-and-Switch’ trick, where people are drawn into a church system by assurances of freedom from sins, guilt, accusation, judgement and hell, but then the switch occurs, where we are ever told, in a myriad of ways, that we now have to measure up to the calling of Christ, or we will be judged and lose out in the end.

    Clyde, I don’t know exactly where your message comes from but words like that are a bane to me still, from the errors that were and still are foisted on innocent believers. The staggering thing is, Clyde, that the victims of this abuse actually lap it up and fawn to the speakers for years! No wonder ‘pastors’ are elevated to such totally unjustified heights of abusive power. It makes me seethe with rage sometimes.

    Clyde, this is not against you. As I have said, I like your approach and your candour and have already been enlightened by your words, especially regarding separating the Jewish message from the Gentile one. That is so wonderful. I just had to say, though, how I hear the message in ‘Let Freedom Ring”, so you may be able to understand where some of us are placed as we read. I am growing and relaxing into Father’s grace, but it takes time.

    Regards,

    Don Every

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