UNHINDERED: Free to be Free

Sermon: 2/3/2019


Many Christians would say that they are free in Christ.

Yet many Christians feel their spiritual formation is restrained, not maximized, and not firing on all cylinders.

The Future Hope to Be Free

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

  • We wait for the hope of righteousness.
  • Biblical hope is not something we wish for. Biblical hope is an expectation that is not yet a reality.

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

1 Corinthians 15:36, 42-44, 54-57 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

54 Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Present Command to Be Free

Galatians 5:1 ​Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

  • Some Christians think they are free, but they have vanquished the remnants of their religious past and embraced bitterness and worldliness, using their liberty as an opportunity for the flesh and worldliness and sin.
  • The command to be free is in Galatians 5:1, but Christians are more concerned with life's choices than in obeying God's commands, His obviously-expressed will.
  • Despite the command to be free, Christians remain in bondage to sins.
  • One of greatest sins is also the most accepted: self-righteousness.
  • Self-righteousness in the doctrinal sense means that in my flesh I am trying to create righteousness.

The Undetected Obstacle to Being Free

The Big Question: Do you owe God something?

The Second Big Question: If you owe Him something, what do you owe Him?

If you "owe" God anything (except in the area where Paul said we are debtors) then you do not reap salvation's benefits in your heart and mind and spirit. The spiritual truths of salvation have not permeated to the hardest part of your heart.

The belief that you "owe" God is an undetected obstacle that prevents Christians from living free in Christ.

But there is one thing we owe God...

Romans 8:12-13 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

So...what do you owe God?