Recovering God's Freedom
A personal relationship with Christ enables us to enter into a restored relationship with God and to recover what was lost to sin and Satan.
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Last week we looked at God's original design for creation and humanity. We also talked about how sin disrupted God's plan. When we look at the news, our relationships, and the world, we realize that things are far different from God's design. God wanted humanity to experience his love, joy, and peace in every way. God designed us to experience the fullness of life and health. But the world does not live that way right now. In order to live according to God's original design, recovery needs to take place.
Colossians 2:6 says, "As you received Christ Jesus as Lord, so live in him." There are truths that we must receive at the moment of our salvation that set the tone for our lives as Christians. They help us live in the fullness of God's design. They enable us to live in the fullness of his power. We're going to talk about some of those fundamental, yet profound, truths in this session.
Ephesians 1:7 says, "He is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven." We are lost, and God's purpose for us has been lost, but this is not God's heart. God wants to restore his creation to its original design.
God's work: Jesus came to buy our freedom
God has made provision for mankind to take back what was lost by sending his Son Jesus Christ to earth to die for our sins and bring us back into relationship with him.
As we begin, I want us to recognize two dimensions of God work. First, there are aspects to God's work that only he can do. Second, there are parts of God's work that humans are responsible for. That's the way God designed things.
First, let's talk about what only God can do. Only God can save the world. Only God could send his Son, Jesus Christ, to buy our freedom. Last week we talked about God's love for us. But love is not just something God does; love is who God is. And he never changes. Though sin came into the world, though Satan and humanity maliciously betrayed God, God continued to love us. God loves us so much that he sent his Son to die for us. Unfortunately, we sometimes take this truth for granted because it's so familiar. God's love for us is demonstrated in many ways. John 8:36 says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 10:10: "The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it to its full." 1 John 3:8 says, "He who does what is sinful is of the devil because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil." God did what only God could do in order to reconcile humanity back to himself. He knew a price, a punishment, had to be paid that only God could pay. Humanity, in unrighteousness, could not pay that price or return to righteousness without God's help. So God sent his Son to restore what was lost. God did what only God could do.
Mike Riches is pastor of Harborview Christian Fellowship in Gig Harbor, Washington, director of the Sycamore Commission, and author of Living Free.