JUBILEE!

“Unquestionably free”!

 

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We have freedom, liberty to be all that the Lord has designed us to be and to do all that He has called us to do.  But how do we live in that freedom?  Four times in the Bible (once in the Old Testament, three times in the New) it is written “The just shall live [and keep on living] by faith.” – not by sight, reason, or feelings.  But the Lord has given us, at the point of our salvation – HIS faith (Gal.2:20), so that we don’t have to work up faith or ever say that we don’t have enough faith.  Our “faith muscles”, however, are strengthened by hearing the Word (Rom.10:17), by allowing faith to be energized and work by Love and by walking by faith (II Cor.5:6).  All of this is through Grace, remembering that “faith perceives as fact what is not revealed to the senses.” (Heb.11:1b)  So even at those times we don’t feel free, we actually are “unquestionably free” by abiding in His Word and knowing the Truth, Who is the Son:  “If you abide in My Word …, you are truly My disciples.  And you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.”  “So, if the Son liberates you, then you are unquestionably free.” (John 8:31,32,36)  This is the Lord Himself, proclaiming liberty to the physical and spiritual captives (Isa.61:1), and then providing this liberty to us through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

 

“You shall return to [your] ancestral possession.”

 

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One of the most wonderful, unusual events mentioned in the Old Testament is the “Year of Jubilee”, described in detail in Leviticus 25:10-55.  In verse 10 we read: “And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants.  It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his ancestral possession.”  “Ancestral possession” could be seen as life as it was for Adam and Eve, with God, in the Garden, before the fall:  (1) free from any kind of fear, insecurity, intimidation, self-consciousness, worry, or suspiciousness;  (2) free in a perfect environment of Love where Adam and Eve met with the Lord daily and grew in their knowledge of Him and in His all-knowledge;  and (3) free to fellowship freely with Him at all times, having unlimited access to Him, and free to enjoy each other’s company with no reservation or self-consciousness (Gen.2:25).  Let’s consider these three points a little more in depth …

 

Free from …, free in …, free to …

 

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First of all, we are free from the burden of sin, guilt, and shame because He has made us holy as He is holy, and holiness, in Psalm 77:13, is the state of being separated from sin and guilt.  He took it all in His own body on the Cross, paid the penalty, then buried all of it, once and for all.   We are also free from the Law, the strength of sin:  “Christ purchased our freedom redeeming us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by Himself becoming a curse for us, …” (Gal.3:13).  We are free from having to live by the Law because He fulfilled all of it for us.

Secondly, we are free in the sphere of His Love (Jude 21);  in the sphere of His faith (Gal.2:20);  in the sphere of His Mercy, which tenderly upholds us, follows us all the days of our lives, throughout the length of each day, and which rejoices against judgment (James 2:13).  And very significant is that we are free in the Holy Spirit:  “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage).” (II Cor.3:18)

Thirdly, we are free to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deut.6;4);  to love the Body of Christ and to lay down our lives for one another (Jn 15:13; I Jn 3:16).  Pastor Renaldo Brown said recently that the number one ministry in the Body of Christ is to LOVE, to serve in LOVE as unto the Lord.  The particular ministry that the Lord gives to each of us is of secondary importance.  Thus what great news that we have Grace and are free to participate in this ministry dearest to the Lord’s heart and most vital to the Body of Christ.  We are also free to hear and obey the Word of God (Psalm 40:6);  to worship the Lord inwardly and outwardly;  to share the Gospel and to GO where and to do what He desires;  to be robust in faith, passionate in running our race and receiving Grace in abundance to finish our course with joy.  Finally, and very importantly, we are free to fail.  In fact, Pastor Schaller and Pastor Love recently said that “You are not free until you have freedom to fail.”;  and when we do, we don’t do as Judas did – i.e., live in humiliation and repent religiously only and not to God Himself, dreading only the consequences of his wrong-doing.  Rather, by God’s Grace, we will do as Peter did:  be broken to pieces  for hurting the Love of his Lord and Savior and betraying their friendship, then getting up again and going on, as Prov.24:16 tells us we are free to do.  His Grace will always be sufficient for us to “stand fast in this liberty, this freedom, wherein Christ has made us free – [He has completely liberated us]”! (Gal.5:1)

 

“the glorious liberty of the children of God”

 

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Feelings have nothing to do with what we are talking about here.  “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Faith perceives as fact what is not revealed to the senses.” (Heb.11:1, Ampl, emphasis mine)  Faith in what God has said, in what He has promised releases us into experiencing “the glorious liberty of the children of God”, which all of creation will be delivered into.  Imagine:  creation longs to have what we already possess by faith:  “freedom from  bondage to decay and corruption”! (Romans 8:19-22)  And remember that it’s not even our faith!  He indeed is the Author and Finisher of our faith, and all that we have freely received from Him by faith now we will continue to enjoy throughout all eternity!

 

” … the radiant unspeakable emancipation of the indwelling Christ has come.”

 

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In David McCasland’s book Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God the author discloses to us the moment that Chambers was delivered from the torment of deep darkness.  After four years of “hell on earth”, being bound up inwardly by a keen awareness of his own sinfulness and seeming lack of power to not identify with it, his long-time friend and mentor said to him:  ” ‘Don’t you remember claiming the Holy Spirit as a Gift on the Word of Jesus [in Luke 11:13],  and that He [also] said,  “You shall receive power …”?  This is the power from on High.’  And like a flash something happened inside of me and I saw that I’d been wanting power in my own hand … that I might say – Look what I have by putting my all on the altar.  Glory to God, the aching abyss of the human heart is filled to overflowing with the Love of God.  Love is the beginning, the middle, and Love is the end.  After He comes in, all you see is ‘Jesus only, Jesus ever!’  When you know what God has done for you, the power and tyranny of sin is gone and the radiant unspeakable emancipation of the indwelling Christ has come.’ ” His experiential “jubilee” had begun;  it came through faith in what God had said.

 

 

 

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