Liberty and Love

There are quite a number of fascinating Paradoxes that characterise God. For example, how Jesus is both the Lamb for the Sacrifice, and the High Priest that performs the Sacrifice. Or how He was (and is) God and man. Another paradox I find mind blowing is how God’s endless and infinite Love for us… has boundaries.

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Galatians 5:13-14

Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection achieved for every man, freedom from sin, and from trying to fulfill the obligation of the Law to gain salvation and be reconciled to God (Romans 8:2-4). In essence, we have no obligation to obey the Law to be saved.

But does this render the moral code of the Law (and Old Testament generally) obsolete to us as believers in Jesus? Absolutely not.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

The Old Testament moral codes, given by God directly to His people were a reflection of the expectations that God had for His people. God’s expectations of a Holy and Righteous life from those He calls “chosen ones” have not changed. What has changed is how we are able to achieve this Life of Righteousness and Holiness.

We do not attempt to live a life of righteousness and holiness because we are trying to earn Salvation from God, we live righteous and holy lives because God has saved us through faith in Jesus, and has given us the Power to live a righteous and holy life.

Apostle Paul, spent a lot of time trying to make the Galatians understand their freedom from the Law. But he also understood how easy it was for them to take advantage of this freedom. Hence the admonition to not let their freedom become an opportunity for the sinful nature to thrive, but to love, serve and seek the best for one another, through Love. This is how we fulfill the law (with regards to human relationships). And we do this not because we seek to be saved, but because we’re saved.

There is unending freedom in God’s love, but there are also responsibilities, there are boundaries. True liberty is living as we should, not as we please.

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