Remember 4th Of July -4 verses about freedom found in the Bible
This great article reminds us that God paid a very dear price for our freedom by sending His only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins.
During this time in America when we celebrate the 4th of July or Independence day, let’s remember where true freedom comes from.
Read these bible scriptures and comments by pastor Jack Wellman as a reminder of what Christ did to set us free!
First Peter 2:16 “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”
The United States has had such great freedom, for well over 200 years, yet this freedom has become a license to sin. We use our freedom as a freedom to sin, and we don’t even cover it up anymore. We don’t blush at things that a hundred years ago would have been inconceivable to be seen in public. What used to be done in the dark is now done in broad daylight. I thank God for the freedom that we have, but it seems we’ve abused our freedom and are not “living as servants of God” anymore in this nation.
Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
This nation began for the purpose of freedom of religion, and those who have repented and believe in Jesus (Mark 1:15) have been set free from the slavery of sin. That doesn’t mean that we are free of sin or free to sin, but the bondage that long held us captive has been destroyed by Christ at the cross of Calvary, and we are admonished to “not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Second Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
As I wrote earlier, we have been freed from the slavery of sin and set free by God’s Spirit, and this “Spirit” is the Lord God, as the Holy Spirit is God the Holy Spirit. It takes the very power of God to unfetter the chains of the slavery to sin.
John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Jesus said that when we know the truth, it will set us free, but the Jews claimed they had never been slaves to anyone (John 8:33), which is not true. The nation of ancient Israel had been in captivity almost as long as the nation had existed–to the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and other nations–and the religious leaders were still enslaved to sin. Jesus wasn’t talking about a nationalistic freedom but being set free from a slavery to sin, as He made it clear, saying that “everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34).
Pastor Jack Wellman