our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly
await a Savior from there,
the Lord Jesus Christ.
year on July 4th America remembers its freedom from British
rule, but as citizens of heaven who are only incidentally American
citizens, we daily have a more significant liberty to celebrate.
freedom do citizens of heaven have to celebrate?
Freedom from bondage
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for
the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the
Freed by Christ
8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you
free." 33 They
answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been
slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?" 34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins
is a slave to sin. 35 Now a
slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it
forever. 36 So if the Son
sets you free, you will be free indeed.
is universally desired
2:15 and free those who all
their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
Pet 2:19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves
of depravity--for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.
from the law of sin and death
8:2 because through Christ
Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and
from the bondage of satisfying Godís law
Cor 9:21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the
law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so
as to win those not having the law.
2:4 This matter arose
because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the
freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.
4:22 For it is written that
Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free
woman. 23 His son by the
slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman
was born as the result of a promise.
4:30 But what does the
Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the
slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free
woman's son." 31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the
slave woman, but of the free woman. 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then,
and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
from the sins committed under the first covenant
9:15 For this reason Christ
is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive
the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to
set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
from our sins by his blood
1:5 and from Jesus Christ,
who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler
of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed
us from our sins by his blood,
1:22 But now he has
reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you
holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation--
from the power of sin
6:7 because anyone who has
died has been freed from sin Ö 18
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to
righteousness Ö 20 When
you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness
Ö 22 But now that you
have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit
you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
Do not think your freedom is permission to sin
Pet 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up
for evil; live as servants of God.
5:13 You, my brothers, were
called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful
nature; rather, serve one another in love.
to approach God with confidence
3:12 In him and through
faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
from spiritual blindness
Cor 3:16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken
away. 17 Now the Lord is
the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
from the curse of a decaying body
8:21 that the creation
itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the
glorious freedom of the children of God.
John 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be
has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall
be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
to be a slave to others
Cor 9:19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave
to everyone, to win as many as possible.
Cor 10:29 the other man's conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should
my freedom be judged by another's conscience?
Donít let your freedom from the law lead others to violate their
Cor 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does
not become a stumbling block to the weak.
by the law of love
1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that
gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has
heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.
2:12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that