Be careful today is April 1st! The world celebrates April Fool’s day. No one knows why though they speculate, however, many will try to play tricks, pranks and jokes on one another today. Even on broadcasts such as in 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees. Not everything you see and hear today is accurate so be careful!
But let me tell you what is true, accurate and as relevant today as the first day it happened.
Jesus Christ has set you free. There is an eternal declaration in heaven and hell, written in the blood of Jesus Christ that says, “The sinner is officially free.”
When was it made? At the empty tomb.
How was it made? At the cross of Jesus Christ.
God has declared the believing sinner righteous in Christ on the basis of the finished work on the cross.
It isn’t a process it is an act on a given day.
God does not make us righteous He declares we are.
You are free.
From every power of sin, the flesh, the world and anything the devil will throw at you.
You are free from every addiction.
You are free from every fear.
You are free from all guilt and shame.
You are free from your past.
You are free in the present.
You are free tomorrow.
Whether you feel this or not it does not matter. It is a binding contract, an act of God, it is true, sustaining and finished.
Now let’s read our next verses:
“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6 v 16-18)
Obedience is so important. But it doesn’t flow towards freedom it flows from freedom. It flows from what God did and has given. “Thanks be to God …” We “…used to be…” trapped, enslaved into a life of sin but we are not there anymore. Our allegiance was “claimed” and we live our life for Him from Him who has done it all.