[PC-USA] 1998-07-05 - Freedom

As we were all reminded by the celebrations yesterday, we Americans have a lot to be thankful for as far as freedom - freedom of worship among others. But the spiritual freedom Sandi mentioned yesterday is even more important.

(Isa 61:1-3 NNAS) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

(Rom 7:24-25 NNAS) Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

(John 8:32 NNAS) and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

(Gal 5:1 NNAS) It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

(1 Cor 10:29-31 NNAS) I mean not your own conscience, but the other man's; for why is my freedom judged by another's conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

(Gal 5:13-14 NRSV) For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

(2 Pet 2:19 NNAS) promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

(Rom 8:20-21 NNAS) For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Jan