“Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed” John 8:36.
Freedom in Christ extends far beyond the fundamental truth usually discussed in sermons: our life-saving liberation from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2), which occurs the instant we accept the free gift of salvation in Him.
His freedom extends even beyond liberation from addictions and other behavioral disorders. He freed me from sixteen years of bondage to drugs and alcohol in 1986 – at the precise moment I surrendered my life to him on my knees in a secular rehab center.
Importantly, our Messiah also liberates us from obligation to human-created customs, traditions, rituals and other expectations of men, which are even stronger chains than physical or psychological addictions.
It was precisely the human tendency to bind ourselves by man-made rules that the Pharisees exemplified and that Jesus rebuked more forcefully than any other human sin. In His preamble to the seven counts in His legal indictment of the House of Judah in Matthew 23, called the “Seven Woes,” he explained:
“The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So practice and observe everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, burdensome loads and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them….But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Christ.”
This exhortation from the lips of God Himself is the theological foundation-stone of individual sovereignty which makes the rule of law through Constitutionalism possible.
But it also explains why all Bible-based religions and denominations have strayed from the Biblical Worldview (to varying degrees), in that so very much of what we Yahweh-worshipers do and think about serving and following God is based on human interpretations of the Bible and not the Bible itself.
Total liberation lets us follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in anything that is truly from God, regardless of what anyone else thinks about it. The more our minds are conformed to the Biblical Worldview the easier it is to exercise and enjoy the fullness of that freedom.
I have reorganized my life around this profound truth and I encourage you do so as well.