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Truth and Freedom May.28.2017
Jesus is the Truth

Freedom is defined as the ability to do as one desires, without the fear of restraint. The difficulty with freedom is that unless it is understood and experienced in Truth (in Christ), freedom itself can be its worst enemy of itself. How so? If freedom is understood and practiced only for our own selfish wants and needs independent of our love for our neighbor, inevitably we as humans will use others for our selfish desires, for our sinful pleasures or to build our power base of influence or control.

On January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emanicpation Proclamation, by which all slaves of the Confederacy were freed from slavery. Heralded as the savior of the Union, President Lincoln considered the Emancipation Proclamation to be the most important aspect of his legacy. "I never, in my life" felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper," he declared, "If my name ever goes into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it."

God declared a far superior Emancipation Proclamation when He through the Scriptures, which are revealed by His Spirit, proclaimed that " 19 .... that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

In both cases freedom was declared, and freedom was won through great sacrifice. Our nation's freedom has come at great shedding of blood of sinful men, but the greatest freedom has come at the cost of the shedding of innocent blood of the Son of God.

Jesus Christ has won our freedom
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We are to guard the freedom that we have been given.
KJV Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

In this freedom, we serve one another by love.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 28 May 2017 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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