Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 16 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day seventeen with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, have been set free by a new covenant.
Free By a New Covenant
“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance — now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
Hebrews 9:15 (NIV)
Have you ever signed an agreement that seemed like a great idea at the time, but later felt like it had trapped you into something you couldn’t get out of? How does living under such an agreement make you feel? What would it feel like for the other party to “buy out” what you could not pay and rewrite the contract in your favor? How would being released from the burden free you to live under the new agreement? How would living with freedom help you accept the terms of the new agreement.
The covenant of the law was written to provide a framework of living a holy life which is acceptable to God. The Bible teaches that the law was useful as a teacher to help us see we could never make it to heaven on our own. In Jesus, the penalty we owed under the covenant of the law was paid so that we can be set free to live under a new covenant. As you pray, ask God to fill you with an appreciation for the price He paid to free you from the penalty of the law. Pray that you would use your freedom to live with joy under the new covenant that has been written with the blood of Jesus.