Walking with Jesus: As Free by One Once Forever and Present Continuously More Free One Nugget of Raw-gold at a Time
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Did you know Jesus rose from the dead breaking and destroying forever- for His people- death? When He was Freed from the power of Death He set the Freedom bells for an eternity ah-chimin. Death had nowhere to hide as The Light of the World and Author of our Salvation broke every fiber of what the first Adam passed onto us- bondage to fear and death. He broke every fiber of the chains that held us to the fears stirred-up by the Prince of darkness.
There is a rumor that sometimes when a man comes out of prison he paces the floor as though he was still inside of the bars- even though set free. Yes- Jesus broke us out to wrap Himself around us and make us whole. But, those old patterns we once lived in- we forget that Christ has bought us out of those counter-Kingdom habits our old nature formed. WE still need to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ for it is a good thing to establish our hearts in Grace. So- though Paul sees absolute 100% freedom in all Christ purchased and all we received when we first believed- he still says that we have to grow into and grow in accordance with our Freedom by “the renewing of your minds.”
Christ’s death, burial and resurrection are really the Cornerstone upon which- like being at the top of a mountain- we can shout out “I am Free and am becoming The Free I am already present continuously and Freedom means being made whole upon being Saved by Christ and present continuously being made more and more and more whole. How can God continuously making us more whole and more free be a bad thing reader. He is relentless and loved us too much to have left us in Bondage to every manner of sin and the powers of darkness and to death. Also, He loved us with a relentless love to have left us Whole – but germinated a present continuous wholeness that germinated “the hour I first believed.” If we are going to speak of freedom, healing, and wholeness, we can’t just leave it trapped in one tense only like past-tense. The work God began in you will be brought to completion and walking with Jesus does spell Freedom more and more as we walk in the light as He is in the light.
I remember once C.T. Studd- a great missionary from the past- went back into the jungles where he had ministered and found his flock to be in a desperate backslidden condition. How is it they were set free?
When it comes to backsliding the problem isn’t with the gospel- it’s with how the nuances of Biblical Freedom have been parsed and what exegesis has been set at the “Sup-Table.” ”Also, how profoundly deep that meeting place has the howling winds of the refreshing of the Spirit of the Living God moving to and fro around the table filling and speaking through each and every member (it’s all so much bigger than a church with a name nailed above the door- no matter how passionate some are about church membership) of the body of Christ…the whole big massively large Kingdom of God- N.S.E.W.
Freedom means we walk in the light as He is in the light and confess our missing the mark of God for our lives for it all to breakout into what Freedom and Wholeness bloom the most elegantly- having fellowship one with another believer that actually builds us up in Christ. Oh reader- does any of this make sense to you? Blessings on you as you experience faith, hope, and reciprocal love or not. Still- “the greatest of these is love.” Paul Come what has come and come what may, “I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day.”