Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.“
Until you are born-again and realize the salvation you received from Jesus Christ, your yoke of bondage will be to your sins. It is Christ which has set you free, if saved! Thus the battle cry of FREEDOM is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His Good News!
Those entrapped and entangled in world religions are led to believe there is a freedom carrot in front of their nose, and if they strive hard enough, one day they’ll obtain it. That somehow if you do enough good works, and are moral and religious enough, you will be deemed worthy enough, deserving enough to be saved by Jesus. And sadly, they’ll perish without ever reaching that carrot, never experiencing the true peace and rest in Jesus.
John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
If saved by Jesus, you won’t be asking as Pilate asked Jesus “what is truth?”, because as Jesus said you shall KNOW the truth. And that truth is He alone is the Redeemer the promised Messiah, and no one will be saved outside of Him. That He died for you, He was your substitute on the Cross, and PAID IN FULL your sin debt. And by this simple truth, it has made you FREE!
Now freedom doesn’t mean you can go and sin up a storm, because that would be again entangling yourself in bondage to sin. Salvation isn’t some license to sin without ramifications. It is a freedom from the PENALTY of sin, which is the wrath of God. And by that grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, your new natural desire is a disdain, a true hatred of sin. Does it mean you will never stumble? No! It means you will repent and do this naturally, not unnaturally, because you naturally LOVE the freedom Christ has granted you and thus naturally HATE the bondage to sin.
John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.“
When Jesus speaks, LISTEN! He said if He makes you free, you ARE free! This means He alone “makes freedom” for the sinner. Not your church, not you by cooperation, not by religiousity, not by sacraments, not by your deeds, it is He who made you free by what He did alone on the Cross!
Those who shirk the battle cry of freedom are not just the atheists and agnostics, there are many who consider themselves “Christians” who do so with zeal and vigor. If you reject that battle cry, you are still in rebellion to God and His Kingdom, the Son has NOT set you free! You are still in very much bondage to evil, to sin, to the world.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to God’s glory alone! This is the battle cry of freedom!