Freedom and Liberty

Galatians 5:1. Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.

There is deliverance from the law for the sinner who has been unsuccessfully trying to achieve his own righteousness, it is found in Jesus Christ and the salvation that He brings to the table.

Therefore, we need to stay where we are and stand firm on the truth, maintain your liberty; to be burdened by the law is the essence of religion and slavery. If you had been freed from the law, why would you go back?

Freedom is defined as independence, a license to do what one wants. But it can also be narrowly defined as having the “permission” to do something as you please. Permission is something granted by someone, which means that freedom can then be taken away by that someone. This is why we have liberty.

Liberty is described as something second only to life, a right granted by our Creator. It is part of you, it cannot be revoked. Liberty provides for the protection of rights.

Freedom is something granted; liberty is something we own that cannot be taken away. Freedom requires that you operate in a protective defense posture where you must always wear your “armor” (Ephesians); whereas Christ has liberated you from sin because of His salvation and grace – this is God’s offensive tactic, His gift to you, that can never be taken away from you. You have to voluntarily give away your liberty, why would you want to do that?