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July 4, 2017

Today is the July 4th. A totally insignificant day anywhere else in the world, but in the United States we celebrate our independence from Great Britain.

On this date in 1776 the brave colonists began signing the Declaration of Independence. Today we celebrate with parades, fireworks, picnics, friends, and family. As soon as I’m done with this post, I’m heading to the park to catch some of the annual talent show and then the fireworks. It’s what we do. It’s part of our fabric as a country.

But that freedom is vulnerable. Wars have been fought. Elections have been held. Court cases have been heard. Classes have been taught. Every day there is an assault on our freedoms as citizens of the United States of America. We could lose it.

Paul writes to the Colossian church about a  much greater freedom that we can have.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).

Just like liberating us from the British government, we can be delivered from the “domain of darkness,” Satan’s control. And placed in a new kingdom, “the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

Soldiers and statesmen fought for that independence that we have as citizens, and they continue to fight to maintain it.

The freedom that removes us from Satan’s control was achieved through a great price, the death of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, on the cross. “He has delivered us…and transferred us.” He did all the work. We don’t have to fight to earn it. We don’t have to fight to keep it. He did it all for us.

Through Him we have redemption – set free from the slave market of sin.

Through Him we have the forgiveness of sins – that which separated us from God has been removed.

Celebrate the freedom that we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.

And if you aren’t enjoying the freedom that you can have in Christ, set free from the power of sin, forgiveness of sins, you can.

  • Believe what God teaches us about our condition before Him, separated from Him.
  • Trust in the completed work of Christ on the cross, the only act sufficient to set you free and give you forgiveness.

Write me if you have any questions.



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