Are we as free as we think we are?

Yes and no.

First, Christian freedom and American freedom are different things. American freedom is a liberty from oppressive government, whereas Christian freedom is freedom from sin. Christian freedom is more than that though!

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all; subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all; subject to all.

Martin Luther

A Christian is free from all and servant to all. Free from subjection and bound by duty. Both are vital aspects of Christian freedom even though they may seem paradoxical.

We are tempted to (and often tend to) focus on what we’re free from and lose sight of what we’re freed for.

To be blunt: We all have a master – is it sin, which leads to death? or is it Jesus, which leads to freedom and eternal life?

3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

Romans 6:3, 6-7, 17-18 (ESV)

Pastor Ben tells about a fishing trip and freeing the fish from being trapped in the water by throwing it on the land.
Be free!

We are slaves to righteousness like a fish is a slave to water. That is where our life and freedom are found!

Jesus’ freedom was faithfulness to His Father and he remained free despite being captured, tortured, and crucified.

It is finished.

John 19:30

In Christ, we are free.