2 Corinthians 3:17
This weekend as we celebrate the Fourth of July and our hard fought freedoms, I can’t help but think of Patrick Henry who so famously said, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” The Greek word for liberty is “Eleftherios”, meaning personal freedom from servitude, or oppression. And that just what Jesus came to do, to set us free spiritually. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus became the perfect fulfillment of the Law. And once we receive Him as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell every believer. And through the power of the Spirit we are, “released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit” (Rom.7:6) And this liberty empowers us to deny the flesh and our own selfish desires for the purpose of glorifying God!