On July 4th, the United States officially celebrates their "Independence Day". Through much thought, discussion and eventual action which resulted in the the loss of material goods and even life itself, the country gained their freedom from tyranny. Yes, there are far too many in the U.S. right now that hate the freedom which has been given to them by the great cost of others, for they love that which those before them yearned to be set free; the bondage of oppression of evil men.

That freedom, however pales in comparison to the freedom which true Christians possess, which is a freedom that liberates not only the oppression of evil men, but of evil itself; the evil of a corrupt and sinful nature, the power of the Evil One, and the punishment due to all who do evil. Those who are born again by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit are brought irresistibly to their Redeemer to be clothed in His perfect righteousness and receive a complete pardon due to His paying the infinite debt owed to the thrice holy God. That freedom given to believers cost Christ Jesus everything too including His life. Freedom is never "free". (cf. Jh 8:31,32,36; Rom 6:12-18,22; 8:1ff; 1Cor 7:21,22; Gal 5:1)

Therefore, if you are one of those who often echoes the words from the heart that the apostle John wrote: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:" (1Jh 3:1a) then celebrate the Conqueror who set you free from the power of sin, the penalty of sin, and the eventual complete presence of sin, by a life of worship to Him.


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