The Glorious Liberty of The Sons Of God
The “glorious liberty of the sons of God” is more far reaching than we may have supposed.
Does it follow that that all men are now free. No, the context of this is that this liberty belongs only to the “the sons of God.” Just think of the millions of alcoholics and drug addicts, bound with chains they only wish they could break. Think of the slaves to immoral passions, to violent tempers, to malicious backbiting, lying, and the sin of all sins – pride, self-aggrandizement, not to mention other habits they cannot control. Since we don’t live only unto ourselves, our sinfulness affect the lives of other including those we live nearest to and should love.
No, still the vast majority of the people of the world are slaves to – well, sum it all up in one word, the ravages of the destructive force of “sin.”
If God is a righteous Judge, and He is, He must of course, punish sin. Romans 6:23 says: “the wages of sin is death,” but on the other hand, thank God, I Corinthians 15:3 says: “Christ died for our sins.” Jesus died in our stead.
The Lord Jesus Christ was no sinner at all. He had committed no crimes; there was no wrong He had to pay for; He had no death to die. Yet, being our ‘scapegoat,’ it was our death He died on Calvary’s cross. By faith alone we are saved from the penalty for our sins as we look at Calvary as if to say: ‘This is not His death He is dying; it is mine. He is paying for my sin. I will accept this free gift of God and trust Jesus Christ as my Saviour.’
This is the wonderful truth of the cross. Death, the penalty of “the Law,” was in fact inflicted upon us as we were… “in Christ.” Therefore the Law (i.e., the Ten Commandments) with its requirement of death, has no further claim on us. If it did, we would only be condemned all over again.
This is why Paul says in Galatians 2:19: “I through the Law am dead to the Law (in Christ).” The Law is what empowered Sin in my flesh. 1 Corinthians 15:56 (AMP) … sin exercises its power [upon the soul] through [the abuse of] the Law. And then “the Law” puts a man to death – even though we are still alive physically, we have in fact once and for all died with Christ.
Romans 6:3-4 (AMP) Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
After death, what can a man do? The answer is, he can do nothing. The Law has put us to death with and in Christ to set us free from Sin’s dominion.
Romans 6:6-7 (AMP) We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. 7 For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].
God wants us to be free, really free. Jesus Himself, paid sin’s penalty for us and wants us to rejoice in what Paul calls, “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21), freedom from the condemnation of the Law and the power of the fallen Sin nature of humanity!
Place your trust in the Christ who died your death and you will find how gloriously true it is that “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).