What has Christ set us free from?
We have been set free from sin.
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin…you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6: 17-18
Before Christ liberated us , we were slaves to sin. We were bound in sin and we had no power to stop sinning. But when Christ saved us , we no longer are slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness.
It’s clear here that even though we are free from sin, we aren’t free to do whatever we want. We are free to serve God. We are free to live righteously and for this we have been set free.
Before we couldn’t serve God for sin was in the way.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. Romans 6:22
We are set free to become slaves to God and when we become slaves to God , we are slaves to righteousness and holiness and this leads to eternal life.
We have been set free from the law.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8: 2
We have been set free from the law and all its oppressive requirements. Because we are free from the law we are also free from condemnation and death that came with the law.
The requirement of the law was that if we fail to fulfill it then we would be condemned. If we sinned we failed to fulfill the law. The wages of sins is death and therefore we were destined for death. But not anymore for now we are in Christ. and he has fulfilled the law for us so we can be free from all its demands.
We are free from the law so we can come under grace.
For sin shall not be our master, because you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:14
When we were under law we were mastered by sin but sin no longer masters us when we come under grace. When we come under grace we can now serve God in the newness of the Spirit.
Wasn’t the law given so man shouldn’t sin? How then does the law make men sin?
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more , God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. Romans 5:20
The law wasn’t meant to make us not sin. Its purpose was to show us just how sinful we are. It empowered sin in man so that God could give us His free gift of grace and free us from the power of sin.
Man’s desire to serve God in his own way allowed sin to reign through the law; because man had no power to serve God apart from grace even though he thought he could.
In the flesh we cannot submit to God’s law. It is impossible. Romans 8: 7
There is no justification in the law. No matter how hard we try. It doesn’t work.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. Romans 3:20
But we now we are released from the law , having died to that which held us captive , so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6
We are set free from death.
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same thongs, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2: 14-15
Because we were under sin, we were also under the power of death because of sin. and were held captive by the fear of death. but Christ came and died in the flesh to destroy the power of death and give us freedom.
And you he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Ephesians 2:1
We are set free from death so we can live. We are made alive in Christ Jesus.
Through Christ resurrection from the dead, we are given the power of life in Him and through Him.
And having buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive in Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses. Colossians 2:12-13
It is for freedom indeed that Christ has set us free!