For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! Romans 8:15 (AMP)
And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:35-36 (NKJV)
I like verse 36 in the Amplified version
So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.
I’ve been reading a book called The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey. I recommend it if you are tired of the trappings of religion and want to see how Jesus viewed and approached the religious. It has opened my eyes to many of the problems that have nagged me about the church here in the west.
Could you imagine a marriage where a man or woman does all they can for their spouse out of fear of losing them to divorce? Or how about an employee whose only loyalty to his boss is based on his fear of being fired? Their fears drive them. Their every deed, their every thought is obsessed with what can they do to make sure they keep their security and not lose what they have. This is the way billions of people around the world live their lives everyday. Not in a marriage and not in employment but in religion.
Fear and fear of the unknown drives people to become religious and creates religions. People tend to think they are more secure when the feel they are fulfilling the things or laws laid down by a god or gods and their prophets. They feel they need to do things to get their god’s attention or else they will face punishment and wrath. They like to know that they have had a hand in their salvation or somehow have earned points to earn them a place in heaven. So some will wear special clothing. Others will do rituals that they think will bring them favour and still yet others will even kill others and sacrifice themselves to please their god.
What about Christians? Do we act this way? Think about it for a moment. Why is it you attend church? Do you feel that by going you are racking up points with God? Do you feel the need to serve in the church simply because (you feel) that if you don’t serve, you’ll lose your place in heaven? What about tithing or communion? Do you do those things because you feel it keeps God smiling down on you and that if you don’t do them you are under His wrath?
HEAR ME! YOU ARE FREE!!! Jesus did it all through what He accomplished on the cross. There is not one thing that you can do aside from making Him Lord and Saviour, that will add to your salvation. We don’t serve to be saved but serve because we are saved. We love Him because He first loved us 1 John 4:19. The works we do should come out of love and gratefulness, not fear. Yes there are rewards, but we don’t work because we want those rewards, but simply because we love Him.
Well, you would ask, how come the Bible says we are to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling Philippians 2:12b? The fear that Paul is talking about is not a cowering fear but a reverent fear. A respect for God and who He is. We come to him and find our salvation in this reverence, in recognizing who He truly is and what He has done for us. You can never find salvation through works no matter how hard you strive or diligent you are. It’s only found in humble recognition that you can’t save yourself and that you are in need of a saviour. and then in recognizing only Jesus Christ as Lord and as that Saviour. Works are then birthed out of your love for the Lord and what He has done for you.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-29; "Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls". Religion and all it’s trappings is a heavy yoke and one that Jesus came to set you free from. So today, live in the freedom you have! Serve in that freedom and you will find a freedom that will come into your heart that will lift you above the circumstances of this life.
He whom the Son sets free is free indeed!