America has just celebrated, 241 years of freedom. There are many people from other countries of the world that would love to live in America where there is freedom.
All of us enjoy the freedom that we have in this great country. So much so, that we take our freedom for granted. We are free to travel, to work where we choose and to live where we choose. However, the most important freedom our country affords us to worship how and where we choose.
Because, in the beginning, God made us free moral agents, that is why have the right to choose. We often make the wrong choice. Adam and Eve did, and many others.
Joshua 24:15 Joshua said “Choose you this day whom you will serve…” In order for us to truly have freedom, we must make the right choice.
Where is freedom found? Most would answer, freedom is found in America, and here we do enjoy many freedoms, but real freedom is not found here in America or in any other countries of the world.
Real freedom is found in Christ Jesus the Son of God. Jesus said in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus also said in John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Free from What?
So, from what are we free? For what purpose did Jesus come into the world? Because Jesus came into the world to give Himself for the sins of the people, to make us free from sin. Matthew 1:21. Jesus gave a plan for the whole world, to have freedom from sin.
Just three things:
1) First of all, John 8:24 Jesus said you must believe that He is the Christ the Son of the living God.
2) Also, Luke 13:3 Jesus said you must repent of your sins.
3) Finally, Mark 16:16 Jesus said you must be baptized.
Because, it is in the act of baptism that our sins are washed away, and we become new creatures in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Acts 22:16 Paul was told to “arise and be baptized and wash away your sins…”
Therefore, when one obeys the teachings of Jesus Christ, you can be sure you have freedom from sin and when one is free from sin you are now a child in the family of God. In Conclusion, those on Pentecost were told to repent and be baptized for the remission of sin, and they did so, and the Lord added them to His church. Acts 2:47.
Learn more about the Bible: Know your Bible
In Christian love
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ