Does anybody else actually experience a sense of true freedom in Christ Jesus?
It seems like we are all busy trying to figure out what we are and are not supposed to do in any given situation. And we must know all the possible mitigating factors and caveats, and analyze them at any given time to figure out How Guilty we should feel at any given time. How is that freedom? Certainly not freedom from worry?
I mean sure we should know at least what we need to know for salvation and then some, but when we talk of spirituality, when does it quit becoming a chore and require lots of constant vigilance, and start being freedom? How does trying to follow every rule and cross every t and dot every i, compare to the freedom Jesus died for us to have? Is that not a bit like futility and/or scrupulosity?
For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who am telling you that if you have yourselves circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. Once again I declare to every man who has himself circumcised that he is bound to observe the entire law.
You are separated from Christ, you who are trying to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
Does anybody else struggle with this; if Jesus died to set us free, from what? If we are trying to essentially be “Jews on steroids” then how is the crucifixion of any value? And why are we so hung up on words and explanations?
1 Cor 1:17-24
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the learning of the learned I will set aside.”
Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Does anybody want to share stories of how they have been set free through Christ? Do you know you’re free intellectually, experientially, or both? How can you reconcile that feeling with obedience to the Church?