Following Our Way to Freedom
As we enter the Exalted Christ series again, it’s important to remember that good theology always descends from the exalted character of God while bad theology always ascends from the fallen character of man. In our fallen state, our world attempts to solve problems on our own and create their theology based upon their own experience. Because of this, the world often views freedom as the freedom from restraint (meaning, we are free to be who we want and do what we want) or the freedom from evil (from negative and harmful experiences). While these are true aspects of physical freedom, they are never substitutes or precursors for spiritual freedom, which is our ability to function the way God designed us to function. Spiritual freedom lends itself to all other freedoms. Without it, a person is not free, regardless of how much autonomy they have.
So, in light of that, how does a person become free? Why is it that some people battle with addictions, attachments, and desires that other people seem to overcome? Jesus shows us the important aspects of true spiritual freedom in John 8:31-36 and clearly teaches us, “If you want to be free, follow me!”
- Jesus begins the passage with, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” The measure of any disciple is whether or not they hold to their Master’s teaching. What does being a true follower of Jesus have to do with freedom?
- Some of the people Jesus was talking to were nominal disciples. They liked a lot of what He said, believed in Him and followed Him–but only in certain aspects and regards. Are there any areas of your life that you have been resistant to following Jesus in? If so, how does that affects your freedom in Christ?
- Jesus then says, “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Knowing the truth is important for our freedom. How is the truth overlooked in our world’s view of freedom?
- What changes in our hearts when our perspective shifts from outside-in freedom to inside-out freedom?
- Jesus concludes by stating, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” How do we receive the Divine power Jesus offers to set us free?
- Why is it important to the Kingdom that we walk in freedom?
- What steps can you take this week to follow your way into freedom?