The Struggle with God

Mark 9:24, “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

For those who don’t believe in God, and also believe a Christian is one of those folks who are and were “always religious” and faithful, it might surprise you that they were unbelievers just like you. They struggled just like you with God, and His existence. And it might further surprise you that some claim to be Christians, but because they were deceived most likely by a false church, they continue to struggle with their belief in God even though they go to church each Sunday.

The struggle is natural based on man’s fallen nature. You were told God exists, but where is He? Your questions might be “why is there all this suffering and heartache we go through?”. But if you think about it, that doesn’t negate God’s existence, RATHER it confirms it if you understand that this world is sinful and fallen just as the Bible teaches and we are under judgment based on sin.

Be that as it may, I will give you a practical question on God’s existence. Have you ever been through a very dark period, a pain, a heartache, a health crisis, a near death experience, a tremendous loss, any suffering, a financial crisis, a job loss? If so, how did you go on with your life? Was it just your will power? Because if it was, why couldn’t you just make the crisis go away by that will power? Why couldn’t you prevent the death of a loved one or heal your sick child in an instant? Why couldn’t you stop the car that barrelled through the stop light and smashed into you? Why couldn’t you stop the tornado or hurricane which destroyed everything you owned? You can’t!

In the above AWESOME verse (if you ask me, one the most awesome in all of the Bible), the child of the father realized this upon his demon possessed child. He’d most likely give up his own life, if it meant saving his child from this torment, but it was out of his control. He couldn’t heal his child, all he could do is love the child, comfort the child, but he could NOT make the demon go away. It was out of his control and power to do anything. And if you can relate, you WANT to FIX the problem, but you can’t, it is a HELPLESS SICK feeling that encompasses you.

The response was in to what Jesus said to him “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The father then realized what Jesus was saying by “if you CAN believe”. He was unable to do so, so his simple humble prayer was “help my unbelief”. It wasn’t “Lord I believe, I even go to church on Sundays, so take the demon away”, no, he was honest and truthful in that moment of feeling POWERLESS with his child, and for the first time he probably believed God actually existed. He admitted that he struggled with God in this belief and needed HELP, to be enabled to believe. Jesus then cast out the demon.

You see, it isn’t those times when you are on top of the world, when you are in control of your life, that you will turn to God and believe He exists, that there is a supreme power controlling everything. It is when He takes that perceived control and power out of you, so that you realize He alone is in control, He is the power behind the crisis, He alone can make the crisis go away.

And in His infinite benevolence based on His love and mercy, He has done this with unbelievers and believers alike MANY TIMES OVER. The difference is the believer realizes WHO was behind the cure, the unbeliever still believes in luck, chance, Karma, superstition. But in the END, as sure as the sun rose this morning, ALL will know who that POWER was, it was always the Almighty Supreme God and by His supernatural power worked all things to His glory and purpose! He is the sovereign King of kings, and Lord of lords!

If you struggle with God to believe, say that simple humble prayer “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”! And then always remember the PROMISE of Jesus “all things are possible to him who believes.” Which naturally has a logical opposite meaning of “all things are IMPOSSIBLE to him who does NOT believe”.

The Good Person Gospel Saves No One!

What is the “good person gospel” you might ask upon seeing the title? It is the most preached gospel by a fallen world, influenced by Satan and his minions, it declares that sinners will go to heaven if they are subjectively more good than bad. That God won’t send that sinner to hell because after all “God is love”, right?

Well I will get right to the point, there are many “good people” right now who perished who are awaiting their final judgment from God, which is eternal hell, all because it turned out THEY WERE NEVER GOOD ENOUGH by God’s law. You might have been a great morally good person to the world, but to God you were like everyone else, a BLACK mark on His holiness!

These “good people” rejected the only way to salvation was through the redemption of Jesus, and rested their laurels on their inherent worldly “goodness” of which they demanded God look at and instead of the way He outlined, that He save them by this. They rested their WHOLE eternal future on a failure in other words!

Just ONE sin, which we all have committed which to love God with our whole mind, heart, and soul, not some of the time, BUT EACH AND EVERY MOMENT AND BREATH, landed all of us into His judgment. We were no longer “good people” in His sight! One little lie we told, one lustful thought, one profane or perverse thing we uttered about God, etc. all too are in this judgment.

So by that, the “good people gospel” FAILED, because when we look at an eternal Holy God, there are no “good people”. The problem is again a false comparison which comes from Satan as he tempts you to look at other sinners instead of God, and say “see, I am not so bad that God can’t save me, after all I didn’t murder or rape anyone and I even helped an elderly person across the street yesterday”.

God provided a REMEDY to our badness, His name is Jesus Christ who is GOOD. He promised that if you place your faith alone in Him and repent of your sins, the gift of eternal life is granted. You are now only “good” in the respect that Jesus is GOOD. So when God looks at you after this eternal life was granted, He only sees His Son’s GOODNESS, His perfection, His sinlessness! Yes, this is called GOOD NEWS, the actual Gospel. If you reject Jesus Christ, you reject heaven, you cannot enter no matter what you did or or what you did not do in this lifetime!

If you belong to a false church, the first thing you will realize is that they prod you to save yourself by YOUR goodness, and not Jesus Christ’s. So you do all these religious things and everything else you do is with a condition attached whereby God must accept your good deed as a merit point, and in the end if you subjectively do enough of them, He will allow you entrance. The glaring PROBLEM is, you dismissed Jesus from your salvation, the only person who can get you into that entrance!

As the title of my blog states “Good people don’t enter heaven, forgiven sinners do!”

What and Where is the Kingdom?

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

One of the twisted words that I hear often from many is the word “Kingdom” from Scripture. I’ll admit that before I was born again, I viewed the “Kingdom of God” as heaven, a place. Some even put walls up in this Kingdom with gatekeepers such as Peter.

However, if we study the Greek word for Kingdom, you might be surprised as to what this Kingdom is and where it is. The word is “basileia” pronounced “bas-il-i’-ah”. It is defined as royal power, dominion, kingship, authority, rule, sovereignty NOT to be confused with an actual worldly kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom.

So when you read and study Scripture, by taking the actual definition for “Kingdom” it might open up much understanding for you, I know it did for me! So when Jesus said those before they are born again cannot see the Kingdom, He was stating they cannot “see” meaning understand His Kingship, His dominion, His royal power, rather they will reject it.

Those not born-again are in rebellion to Jesus Christ’s rule, and some will even claim to be “Christians”. They’ll reject placing their faith alone in Him just as the Pharisees did by their legalism, Jesus pointed this out in Luke 17:20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Jesus was explaining that when one is born-again, the RULE, the DOMINION of God is within you because the indwelling Holy Spirit has come. So it is not literally viewing as seeing, it is a spiritual surrender to His royal power. So as I said in the past, where the King is, THERE IS THE KINGDOM! If you are born-again, you are a walking and talking and living Kingdom of God because God is dwelling in you! You are a humble subject now to the KING and His authority, His rule, His dominion.

Some claim to be in His Kingdom but have not surrendered their sins, they will not bow to Jesus and to Him alone as King. Rather they would like to add themselves or others as ruling equals. They view themselves as autonomous and equate themselves with Jesus Christ’s royal power. So they are living outside the Kingdom, outside the gates so to speak which are prevailing over them.

The Fruit of the Spirit

In the two earlier posts I covered Love, Joy, Peace, and Self Control. Today I write on the last of the fruit of Spirit which are longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. As said in the earlier posts, these words have God’s definition and they also have a worldly definition, so it is important not to mix them up by the world’s defined view on them. In the Kingdom, which is Jesus Christ’s Kingship and rule, authority and dominion, the fruit of the Spirit is given to those who were granted a new life.

So let’s examine the last of these fruits briefly.

Longsuffering = God’s patience. This would His type of longsuffering not worldly patience. Probably the closest one will exhibit it is a parent as they raise their children. You don’t expect your 2 year old to act like an adult, or be as knowledgeable by this longsuffering, which is patience. You know the child will grow and mature, just as God knows His children will grow in faith and mature in faith. So with this patience, the restraint of anger and a tolerance is demonstrated because your expectations on another is reasonable according to their maturity. Many churches FAIL this test, because they’ll expect a new creation to be fully mature, but they aren’t, so patience is limited. I can say from a personal testimony, in my former life, I HAD ZERO longsuffering as a fruit. I was extremely impatient. As soon as God made me a new creation, longsuffering was granted, and for the first time in my life I grew in patience. A Christian will always have some form of longsuffering, not only towards their children, but to everyone in their life!

Kindness = The quality of being UNCONDITIONALLY generous, friendly, courteous, and considerate of others. Like love as said in the earlier post, you are kind NOT because you are expecting something in return, but a Godly gracious kindness. As Jesus explained, “don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”, meaning don’t place a condition on being kind to another. A Godly kindness is a giving kindness, and as Scripture teaches in 1 Cor 9:7, “God loves a cheerful giver”. Meaning you give to another NOT out of a grudge or necessity, but it freely flows from your heart. Self-less kindness is Godly fruit!

Goodness = God’s goodness, or truthful goodness. God is a truth teller, be one! Worldly goodness is not Godly goodness, because that type of goodness is temporary, fleeting, and used to manipulate others. Whereas God’s goodness never fades and it never seeks to manipulate others. Part of this goodness is your desire to share the Gospel, which is power of God unto salvation. If saved, you desire ANY and ALL to hear this Good News, to join you in your new Kingdom! You now realize in the Kingdom what is good and what is bad, and seek always the good for not yourself, but for God’s glory as you now represent His name!

Faithfulness = a Godly loyalty which is the fruit of the Spirit. This loyalty is your supreme priority in life if a Christian. You do not seek to dethrone Jesus, but to submit to Him in faith, and faith alone. Like every fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness starts out as a seed and it steadily grows. So if your fruit is not growing, but dying or is dead, that wasn’t a fruit planted by God. In this type of faithfulness, come hell or high water, you will never break! You are a Job of the Bible! The devil could throw as many hardships your way as possible, but this fruit can never be broken, your faithfulness will always prevail!

Gentleness = In the fruit of the Spirit it is defined as being CALM, peaceful. You aren’t an angry person, going on tirades now. Gentleness will exhibit forgiveness of others, the same way God forgave you of your sins. You are gentle realizing what Jesus did for you on the Cross and knowing if God didn’t treat you with this type of gentleness, where would you be? If you had a bad temper before your rebirth, that fruit of gentleness God granted you turned that on its head, it should be fading to non-existence. This fruit for me I would say grew slowly based on the entanglements in my former life, but I realized the growth. In this gentleness, you are no longer a grudge keeper, because that would be the antithesis to the fruit!

Again, this fruit of Spirit GROWS if you were saved. You aren’t going to have perfectly full bloomed fruit upon the rebirth, but the seedling growth begins and will last a lifetime which is called the sanctification of your spirit as God grows you to the image of His Son. So don’t be frustrated if you aren’t perfect in this fruit of the Spirit, you won’t be, but REJOICE in the growth and maturity and IF saved there is no mistaking the growth if you are self-aware.

Lastly, let us humbly and whole heartedly thank God for this fruit of the Spirit! Without it, where would we be?

The Fruit of the Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace

Galatains 5:22 tells us that love, joy, and peace are the fruit of the Spirit. Now this love, joy, and peace is NOT worldly love, or joy, or peace, they have totally different meanings. It does seem as if the devil honed in on some common words humans use, and pervert their definitions into secular meaningless and subjectivity so as to take away from their real meanings.

So let’s examine each one briefly.

Love – The fruit of the Spirit is God’s love, meaning completely unconditional self-lessness. Fallen man produces conditional strings on everything and desires SIN, so the perverted “love” you hear and see so much is actually LUST. Now lust does not only mean something sexual, it is a self-seeking conditional desire which some think is love, but it is just lust. With love comes TRUTHFULNESS! God is completely TRUTHFUL in His love. He doesn’t try to protect fallen human feelings, He always told the truth. So if you are exhibiting this fruit, you are a truth teller, not a liar, not a fibber. Example, you don’t tell someone they are on their way to heaven, when you KNOW they aren’t based on their unbelief. Love seeks the highest standard for another, and again, without condition! You don’t seek a “thank you”, because you love that person unconditionally. You seek absolutely nothing in return. You grant gifts because of this love without self affirmation. You hold absolutely NOTHING over the person you love. You freely forgive without the slightest condition to be met! This is God’s love!

Joy – There is worldly joy such as your team winning a game, the birth of a child, getting accolades from a career, a joke someone told, etc. And there is Godly joy! The joy of being in Christ, being part of His family for an eternity. It is an often inexpressible joy since it encompasses a peace without always understanding. The joy of Jesus knowing you personally, caring about you, walking with you! And this joy naturally exudes from you if you possess this fruit of the Spirit. You are JOYFUL because you are God’s child now, JOYFUL because He granted you repentance, JOYFUL to being led by the Spirit, JOYFUL to be in the fellowship of other Christians, JOYFUL BECAUSE YOUR ETERNAL HOME IS HEAVEN NOW!

Peace – There is worldly peace such as an end to a war, an end to a conflict with another, an end to an addiction or problem. Notice what the common word “an end”? Now the fruit of the Spirit of peace is a BEGINNING, not an end. It is KNOWING that whether good, bad, sad, indifferent, or ugly, God is sovereign. It is KNOWING God has granted you eternal life in Jesus, and nothing will separate you from the love you have in Him! (Ref Romans 8:38-39). It is a total calm in your spirit as you are led by the Spirit! You don’t need to understand the whys now because of this peace, you know and trust in God’s will and purposes. That WHATEVER the case or circumstance may be, God has it under His control, a peace without always understanding. The calm grows as your seed of this awesome fruit grows.

Now with all love, joy, peace being a fruit of the Spirit, the fruit GROWS. It isn’t in full bloom when one becomes a Christian, it starts as a growing seed. Meaning, one won’t be fully perfect in any of them, but the fruit should be growing, not dying, not staying stagnant. How do the fruit grow? By the literal watering of God’s word! The saved sinner being completely engrossed in this word, will see this fruit grow faster or slower depending on how disciplined they are by God’s will and purpose. Some will experience faster growth in love, some with peace, some with joy, some with all 3 or just 2 while some of the fruit growth will grow slower. Again it is all part of God’s purpose. The growth is called sanctification!

So to those who believe one can be sanctified without being fully justified, I ask why would God plant the seeds of the fruit of the Spirit if they didn’t grow? And to those who believe salvation can be lost, why would God plant the seeds of the Spirit if they just died eventually, and do you really believe God would plant defective and powerless seeds?

Fruit of the Spirit – Self Control

A fruit listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22 is self control. Before one is indwelled with the Holy Spirit, there is a facade of self-control. Being fallen in nature, totally depraved, we pursue sin, we seek ways to get away with sin.

Our desires in a fallen nature will only have an accountability to our fellow man, not to God, so our self-control will only encompass this. It is easy to deceive man, but not God. We might believe we have self-control, but in our thoughts, yes thoughts of which God knows intimately, our self-control is non-existent. We might not proceed to the sinful action, but we thought about doing it, thus we sinned.

When indwelled by the Spirit, self-control actually becomes realized. Now it is not only your actions which are restrained but the THOUGHTS on those actions have changed. Your desire for sin has a disdain now, so you seek the opposite which is holiness. Your thoughts coincide. Thus why it is always perplexing to me when a professed Christian man will say he is still addicted to porn or became addicted to porn for example. I would say he was deceived, and most likely not a Christian because the Holy Spirit would have changed that desire.

Now I am not saying self-control comes upon you in a perfect manner, like a lightswitch and BOOM when you are born-again, you will have perfect control. No! But this grows like a seed! The constant conviction in thoughts, words, deeds, actions, an inaction is felt by your core, and that is the indwelling Holy Spirit who is growing your fruit of self-control.

Lastly, a form of self-control in a fallen state is also under God’s sovereign hand! He is restraining evil actions, and the evils of a fallen heart as well. If not for that restraint, the evils of the world would be on a level never witnessed! So we must always thank God for self-control, it truly IS A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT!

The First Fruit

Romans 8:23 “Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Galatians 5:22-23 teaches us that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. If born from above and saved, this fruit is GIVEN to you by God by grace alone. You might have thought before this point, you possessed these fruits, but did you? Or were they unnaturaly imitations based on conditions, meaning you imitated kindness for example with expectations of gaining something in return.

The FIRSTfruits of the Holy Spirit is something not to yawn at. Again if saved, God granted you this awesome fruit! And each, as a fruit, GROWS, the fruit of God never dies, it doesn’t stay stagnant or get moldy. You won’t be perfect in this lifetime, but the steady growth of the fruit God grants should be evident if saved.

And as God commanded the Israelites in the OT, the firstfuits are given to God. You do this naturally, not as a chore. You aren’t exhibiting self control and are miserable for example.

Examine the fruit of the Spirit in your life, can you see them in yourself? Or is peace missing, or is joy missing, because they are the two fruits which will always evade the imitators, the false converts. You can play act all the other fruit in an unregenerate state, but peace and joy will always be missing!

Make a practice to give your firstfruit to God each day! Start each day in worship to Him. If He isn’t your first priority, your faith is discerned. Not just here and there or when times are good or when you feel like it, but each day this practice must be naturally exhibited. Again, if true PEACE and true JOY are missing, you have been deceived and must repent and believe the Gospel, because you have not been granted that fruit.

False Conversions

If there couldn’t be false and aren’t conversions, the devil would be out of business!

If you read and study Scripture carefully, you’d know that there is a repeated warning that goes out from God, and that is to the sinners who think they are saved, but are actually false converts. The misnomer is that the devil and his demons are working on the atheist, the wiccan, the unbeliever. If we use logic, this would be a waste of their time because there is nothing they really to do.

So who are they busy working on? These would be those who are convicted by guilt of their sins, they know there is going to be a judgment. They would like the sinner to believe they are saved, when they are not, so they lead these sinners into false gospels and to false teachers. The devil is a master at understanding the fallen nature of man, and our humanistic pride, and this is what he feeds upon and utilizes.

How do we discern from being a false convert and true convert? The key here is repentance and the CHANGE in desires. If you are a true convert, God made you into a NEW creation. There is no longer an inner tussle going on with Him, you aren’t trying to get away with your sins, you confess and understand who you are in light of Him. Now it doesn’t mean you are perfect in the flesh, it means you are being perfected in Christ who is perfect. The only way God sees you as “perfect” is by seeing you are IN Jesus Christ. Meaning His righteousness, obedience, perfection are credited to you by your faith alone in Jesus.

Some believe they have been saved or being saved, but will NOT place their faith alone in Jesus. They fight this notion, and add that humanistic pride to God’s work. So they believe their inherent self-righteousness is the key, the deserving factor, of which God will judge them. This is the devil’s ploy! The devil builds up by that pride the notion of “I can’t just believe in Jesus, I must DO something to be saved”.

Now think about it! It would be like a fireman standing outside your burning home, and the devil puts in your head, “the fireman won’t come in here, unless I do something”. You wouldn’t think much about that coward egocentric fireman would you? Or a doctor before a major surgery you needed, saying “I can’t work on this patient, he or she does fit not my type of goodness”. But surely this is the mentality that MANY have with Jesus. That He is some egocentric coward of a Savior who won’t do as He promised, that He sits on the sideline watching you perish unless you make yourself DESERVING enough!

Now the devil knows there is NOTHING you could do to make yourself deserving enough, but you don’t know that, so he puts that in your head. So then you work work work, always uncertain, always insecure, and in the end you end up in hell with him! You seek churches which abide by this lunacy of the God/human cooperative in salvation, and the devil rejoices while he says “strive harder in your ‘free-will’, I am sure God will save you”. If you go that route, you bought the devil’s LIE.

Again the devil knows your self-righteous humanistic pride perfectly. He manipulates this to a tee! So in the end, you are left with Jesus saying “I never knew you, be gone from Me you worker of lawlessness” (Matt 7:23).

Roman Catholics for example pervert Matthew 25:31-45 to mean if they clothe the naked, feed the poor, visit people in prison, that Jesus will save them. But was that what He meant? NO! You see, God demands absolute perfection, so unless you are doing those things PERFECTLY since birth and all of your life, you have come up short by the law. And the false convert believes they can be saved BY THE LAW instead of by Jesus. So the passage is meant to CONVICT the sinner, not as a viable template to be saved! The saved sinner will confess, “I DID NOTHING OF THOSE THINGS and Jesus saved me”. The false convert will say “I did some of those things or tried to, so God should save me”.

An Honest Witness

Proverbs 11:1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight. When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

What is a discernment point of one who has been born-again by God and one who is masquerading as a Christian? That would be honesty in your sins and who you are, and the reaction to that type of honest witness.

Before one is born-again, dishonesty and concealment REIGNS throughout our entire being. We don’t like admitting our faults, our sins, or shotcomings. And if there is any doubt in what I said, social media exposed this clearly!

Upon my rebirth, God showed me my sins, and just how dark, evil, and decrepit I truly was. Before that point, I tended to hide that shame and the external “goodness” was all that one saw. So I wrote a tell all portion in a book called “The Roman Catholic Problem” which disclosed the final days leading up to my rebirth and the debauchery I was involved in. There would be NO WAY I would have admitted to these things before God changed my heart! Not for a second!

But discernment came in when I listened to some of the reactions from that honest witness. Roman Catholics who are dead in their sins and trespasses, scoffed and mocked me. “How could you be so stupid” and “sorry you were so sinful” is what I heard, as IF they were perfect. But this is how one is before a rebirth, we look down our noses at the honest witness very well knowing we are equally if not more degenerate in our behavior.

The honest witness KNOWS what Jesus paid on their behalf, so it is beyond reasoning to hide that reason of His sacrifice if born again. The humility is engrained with this realization of who Jesus is, what He did, and what YOU did to CAUSE it all. There is no more hiding your sins from others! It would be like someone paying all your credit card bills off in one full swoop without any help from you, and you denying that you had any debt? Again, that would BEYOND reasoning!

So one way to KNOW you are dealing with a Christian and not a poser, examine their witness. How do they react to honest witnesses, and what if anything are they hiding. We know one thing for certain! Every human being is FALLEN in nature, and has sinned! Failure to disclose this would demonstrate one is not born-again, but still concealing themselves as Adam and Eve tried to conceal themselves from God after their sin.

And remember this if anything! You might be able to FOOL your fellow mankind, but you NEVER fool God! He knows! So don’t be a fool!

Battle Cry of Freedom

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!