2 Corinthians 3:17,18 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We have come to understand that God’s dictionary of words differs greatly from that of this fallen world system. That’s why it is so important for us to renew our thinking with Scripture, and not a dictionary. In the world, liberty is defined as the freedom to do whatever I want, with no restrictions or restraints. With worldly freedom, there is no such thing as moral absolutes. Look around and tell me how living by that mantra is working.
According to Scripture, true liberty is living as we should, not as we please. Big difference. When self-pleasing becomes the determining factor of one’s life’s choices, we no longer need a Lord. “Follow Me” is the manifestation of liberty (Matthew 9:9).
When The Spirit of God begins His work in a person’s life, they progressively are being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. What could be more glorious than to be like Jesus? Jesus was neither what we call a liberal nor a conservative. He was not what we would call an Arminian or a Calvinist. Poor and proud are the souls that reduce Him to their persuasions.
He was the express image of God in all that He said and did. He was loving and compassionate, but He also drew a moral line in the sand that turned people off. He had a will that was as strong as steel when it came to confronting demons and those who opposed Him, but He was also gentleness and love incarnate that children loved to be around. Why did Jesus live this way? Because His Liberty was wrapped up in doing the will of His Father. Such is true for you and me, beloved. Follow Jesus Christ without a religious or political label. When following Jesus becomes your definition of liberty, you have “discovered” the promise of the life that now is, and that which is to come.