Because I am free… (II Corinthians 3)

17 Now the Lord[d] is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. II Corinthians 3:17

Having been born in the USA I can say, “I have always been blessed to be a citizen of a free country.”  However, this is not something I can say about my life.  The Bible teaches us that every person enters this life (born) as a slave to sin and spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3; John 8:31).

The Apostle Paul understood this as he wrote II Corinthians 3.  Paul was responding to those who had been critical of his ministry.  They were accusing him of being a gospel peddler (2:17).  Paul’s confident response was not about his worth or his ability.  He knew his success came from the very throne room of God.  Here was his boast in the Lord:

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Paul was a minister of the New Covenant that brought freedom through Christ.  It is to this freedom that Paul writes in the ending of chapter 3.  Take time to allow Christ’s freedom to wash over you.  Through the Holy Spirit we have been brought to this freedom in Christ.

Maybe you would ask, “How do I know that I am free?”  Three characteristics leap from the text:

  • You have been cleansed by the Word.  “Your life is now free from death and living in hope.”
  • You are understanding God’s Word.  His Word is now making sense in your mind and it is at work in your life.
  • You are being changed on a daily basis.  Each day you are less and less a dead man and more and more a Christ man.

This is how it feels to be free.  It is my prayer that you and I would come to understand this in new and fresh ways each and every day.  It is also my prayer that others would come to this same freedom in Christ.

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