Sep 02, 2010
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GIVEN TRUE FREEDOM!

Our Redemption through Christ is much like this story. 

There is a story about a man who went down to the slave block to buy a slave girl.  As she looked at the white man bidding on her, she figured he was another white man going to buy her and then abuse her. 

He won the bid, and as he was walking away with his property, he said, “Young lady, you are free.” 

She said, “What does that mean?”

“It means you are free.” 

“Does that mean,”  she said,  “that I can say whatever I want to say?” 

The gentleman said,   “Yes my dear, you can say whatever you want to say.” 

“Does that mean,” she said, “that I can be whatever I want to be?” 

He said, “Yes, you can be whatever you want to be.” 

“Does that mean that I can go wherever I want to go?” 

He said, “Yes, you can go wherever you want to go.” 

The girl, with tears streaming down her face,  said, “Then I will go with you.” 


 

Either a gift is freely given, or it is not. 

And salvation is a free gift of God, given to whoever will accept it. 

ROM 6:23b “… the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Whoever believes in Himreceives true and total freedom! 

They receive immediate adoption as sons!

They are made members of God’s Royal Family. 

JOH 1:12“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”   

How?  Because God has chosen to set us free, totally free. 

And what we do after that is up to us.  

Who we follow is freely and totally our choice, but God is hoping we follow Him. 

Christ purchased your FREEDOM.   

He has given Himself as the ransom price for your sins. 

And just likethe slave girl in our story, once you trust in Him as your Savior, you can now say what you want to say, be what you want to be, and go where you want to go.

You are totally free from the debt of sin that you owed God! 

You will live forever in heaven if you have trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. 

You have been given true freedom.  You have wholly been set free, from both sin and death.

So now what? 

What is the desire of the great and generous Master who has purchased your freedom?

THAT YOU LEARN ABOUT HIM….  1 Tim 2:3-6 

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. 

God hopes that you CHOOSE FROM YOUR FREEDOM to follow Him. 

As the slave girl said when she understood she was set free: “Then I will follow YOU.” 

What will you do with the grace you have been shown? 

EPH 2:8-9“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”   

Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved.” 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His uniquely born Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall never perish, but has eternal life.” 

John 3:36  "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Believe in Christ!  Accept the free gift of eternal life that God is offering you! 

Please take a moment now to examine yourself before God, and tell Him you are trusting in His Son as your Lord and Savior.   

It is only then that you will be set free.   

If you have believed in Him, you have been given true freedom.  You are totally set free, and can do what you wish.   


God loves you that much, so He has done that much for you. 

If you want to now go forward, and learn of your giving Master, you will find His instructions in His love letters to you, the Bible. 

The Bible is the Word from God, and He has a whole plan and purpose for your life. 

But will you choose to follow Him and learn from Him? 

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus Christ is the Lord God in the flesh, and the Bible is His Word, the very thinking of God. 

1 Cor 2:16
For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.

It is the Word of God that will give you answers, that will teach you how to think like God, and that will totally set you free! 

HEB 4:12-13
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

In John 8:31-36 Jesus said:

" If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;  and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  They answered Him, " We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?" 

Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.  " The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.  "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

The Son has made you free indeed, you have been given true freedom, and now He wants us to experience that freedom by obeying vs. 31, if you continue in His Word, then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

Seek for Him and you will not be disappointed.  Search for Him with all your heart, study His Word, and all things will be added to your account! 

Jesus also promised: 

Luke 12:31-32
"But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.  Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. 

Matt 6:33
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

He is a God of love and freedom! 

And He wants you to know and experience the freedom that He has paid for with His own blood. 

Acts 20:28-29
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

The choice is yours.  The Master has great hopes and plans for you.   

Will you choose as the slave girl did, when she was set free? 

She loved him, because He first loved her.   

And so God the Father has first loved us, and chose to sacrifice  His only Son on the altar, so that we would NEVER perish, but have ETERNAL LIFE.   

John 15:13
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  

He said, “Yes, you can go wherever you want to go.” 

The girl, with tears streaming down her face, said, “Then I will go with you.”