Saturday, September 22, 2007
HAVE YOU BEEN MADE “FREE INDEED"?
As I contemplated this article, my heart was drawn to the blessed comfort every sinner the Lord Jesus Christ justified at Calvary by His obedience unto death is encouraged and commanded to enjoy - “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW (HAVE CONFIDENCE) that ye have eternal life, and that ye may (continue to) believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)
Paul wrote to Timothy - “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded (CONVINCED) that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
It’s not that John or Paul or any of God’s justified saints have confidence in themselves, i.e., their faith, their works, or their commitment - “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, AND HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH.” (Philippians 3:3)
Christ said: “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10)
Like Abraham, the father of the faithful, every elect sinner’s confidence is in the ONE who made the promise to save them by His obedience unto death, and His willingness to do everything necessary to obtain their eternal justification.
Every elect sinner will in God’s appointed time simply take God at His word - "He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded (CONVINCED) that, what He (God) had promised, He was able also to perform. And therefore it (NOT ABRAHAM’S BELIEF, BUT THE MERIT OF ALL THE WORK OF THE OBJECT OF HIS FAITH, CHRIST) was imputed (legally charged) to him for righteousness." (Romans 4:20-22)
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed (they only gave MENTAL AGREEMENT TO WHAT HE SAID) on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know (understand, perceive, love) the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31, 32)
It’s interesting to note that the word “continue” used by our Lord in this passage is the same Greek word translated “abideth” in 2 John 9 - Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth (continues) not in the doctrine of Christ, HATH NOT GOD. He that abideth (continues) in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
But Christ didn’t stop with those words. He then told them and us - “If the Son therefore shall make you free (Christ accomplished this at Calvary), YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED. (John 8:36)
By Christ’s obedience unto death at Calvary and by virtue of the righteousness He established, all of God’s elect were freed from all the guilt and penalty of sin, freed from sin’s dominion, and one day we’ll be free from sin’s very presence. What a glorious Redeemer is our blessed Lord!
Richard Warmack is Pastor at Grace Baptist of Ruston