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Scripture Reading:  John 8:31-36


Truly Free



1.  Most of us don’t know as much about the birth of America as we should:  The cost in lives, the commitment of time & resources, the sacrifices, the pain, and finally, the victory of independence; “a new nation, conceived in liberty & dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” (Lincoln, Gettysburg Address).

2.  We benefit from the price paid by others (thanks, humility & responsibility).

3.  There is a far greater cost that has been paid, a far superior sacrifice has been made & an eternal commitment made for our spiritual & eternal freedom.



  A.  Freedom from Sin, Jno. 8:31-36; Rom. 6:18, 22-23.

    1.  Sin stands between man & everything that is good…God!  (Isa. 59:1-2; Col. 1:21).

    2.  Illus.:  English tyranny & the tyranny of sin.

    3.  Sinners are slaves to sin (Jno. 8:34).

    4.  Truly free when freed by the Son, Jno. 8:36.

  B.  Freedom from the Fear of Death, Heb. 2:14-15.

    1.  Christ “captured” the devil (who uses the fear of death to enslave sinners), Matt. 12:29; Eph. 4:7-8 (1 Jno. 3:8).

    2.  Victory in Christ over the sting of death, 1 Cor. 15:55-57.

  C.  Freedom from the Condemnation of the Law, Rom. 8:1-4.

    1.  Law cannot save (weak through the flesh), Rom. 3:20.

    2.  In ChristFreedom from the law of sin & death, Rom. 8:1-2 (Gal. 3:1-3, 10-14; 4:21-24, 26, 31; Rom. 7:1-4).

      a.  Law of sin & death (7:23, 25; 8:2):  Rule that when we sin, we die (Rom. 6:23).

         -It is the law of sin in my members (Rom. 7:23, 25):  Rule of the flesh by sin.

      b.  Law of God (7:22, 25):  Also called “the law of my mind” (7:23) – God rules the inner man (mind) & life by the Spirit-revealed gospel of Christ, Rom. 8:1-2 (3:27-31).  (Live by faith)

        1)  Christ delivers from death, Rom. 7:24-25.

        2)  The law (rule) of God is through the gospel, Rom. 8:5-9.

      c.  The law of the Spirit of life (8:2):  The gospel that frees us from sin & death!  (6:17-18; 1:16).

    3.  Not bound by OT law for our salvation or service to God (not our authority, Col. 2:14; 3:17).

  D.  Freedom from Religious Oppression Gal. 2:3-5; 4:9.

    1.  Jesus freed us from the tyranny of human doctrine & traditions, Col. 2:20-23; cf. Matt. 23:4.

    2.  We serve one Master; not the regulations of men, Matt. 6:24 (1 Cor. 7:22-23).



  A.  Cost the Life of the Sinless Son of God to Free Us from Sin.

    1.  Ransom:  The price of redemption, 1 Tim. 2:6 (Mk. 10:45); Tit. 2:14.

    2.  The love of GodRom. 5:6-11.

  B.  Will Cost your Life as a Slave of Righteousness, Rom. 6:18-22.

    1.  Slave of God (6:22; 1 Cor. 7:22).

    2.  The yoke of Christ, Matt. 11:28-30.

      a.  Sacrificial faith of a disciple, Lk. 5:11.

      b.  Suffer with Christ, Rom. 8:12-18 (Phil. 1:29).

    3.  Be a servant of men, cf. 1 Cor. 9:19 (Matt. 25:40).

    4.  Vigilant servant of God, Matt. 24:44-47 (1 Cor. 16:13; 1 Pet. 5:8).


III.  RESPONSIBILITIES OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST.  (Freedom in Christ is not “live as you please” without restraint – cf. 2 Pet. 2:18-20; Jude 4)

  A.  Stand Fast in the Gospel & Don’t Return to Bondage of Sin, Gal. 5:1 (1:6-7); 1 Cor. 15:58.

    1.  Here, binding the LOM – sinful (Gal. 5:1-4).

    2.  Stand fast:  Faith working through love (obey truth), Gal. 5:6-8.

    3.  Remain diligent & do not fall away, Heb. 3:12-19.  (cf. Israel’s freedom from Egypt, only to die in the wilderness.)



1.  People yearn to live in freedom; we have that blessing in America & celebrate it this weekend.

2.  Must have a greater yearning to be free from sin (offered in Christ):

  a.  Gospel of Christ will free you from your sin & put you into Christ (Jno. 8:32; Rom. 1:16; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38).

  b.  You must be in Christ to be freed from your sin, a child of God & heir of salvation through Christ, Gal. 3:26-27, 4:6-7.

3.  Today, you can be truly free in Christ Jesus.