LIVE FREE (12 OF 23)

by Stephen Whitney

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Live Free (12 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 2:20-23

In 1968 The pop music group The Young Rascals released the song: People Got To Be Free which became a hit on the charts.
All the world over, so easy to see
people everywhere just wanna be free,
Listen, please listen, that's the way it should be
Peace in the valley, people got to be free.

People desire to be free, but laws and regulations take away our individual freedom. Laws and rules are used by governments to control people's behavior. The goal is to make people conform to a certain standard of behavior. Rules can change a person's behavior, but not change their sinful heart.

The same is true when people impose their religious laws and rules on others to take away the freedom they have in Christ who died to
set us free from the law so that we might live to honor him.

John 8:36 Jesus told the people who believed he was the Messiah,
''If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.''

Freedom from bondage to sin comes from forgiveness by Christ.
John Calvin wrote, ''The Gospel is the instrument by which we obtain our freedom. Our freedom is a benefit conferred by Christ.''

As a result of believing Christ has forgiven our sins we are set free:
From the personal guilt of your sins.
From the penalty of dying for your sins.
From the OT ceremonial law of offering sacrifices.
From the OT dietary laws of what you could eat.

Legalism says that to please God you have to keep certain laws
or rules. In other words, we need to please God so he in turn will show us his favor and grace. The truth is believers do not have to keep the law to please God because Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins so we have been set free from having to keep it.


If - Gk. condition which assumes something to be true (3:1).
It could be translated: Since you have died with Christ.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucif ...

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