Liberty in Christ
The jail door was open, the chain to the wall was broken and on the floor, but the prisoner just sat on his bunk unmoving. Being free to leave, he sat frozen in disbelief. His heart was still imprisoned, but his body was free to leave! Unlike him, don’t keep yourself in jail! How do Christians keep themselves imprisoned? They imprison their hearts by being more preoccupied with the rules of Christianity than with the Person of Christianity—God the Father.
Notice what Paul says: But it was because of the false brethren who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage (Gal 2:4).
False teachers were trying to convince the Galatian Christians that they needed their own particular brand of rules to please God. Paul said they were free of that. Why? Because rules do not produce character, Christ does. A living relationship with God the Father through the Person of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit produces character. Character does not gain the relationship with the Trinity. Instead the relationship with the Trinity produces character. Such a relationship produces freedom within and character without. That is why we should be preoccupied with our Father in heaven.
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