“They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 15.9 NIV).
We have freedom in Christ as Co-heirs with Jesus and sons and daughters of the Most High King. God has lifted the rigorous laws of holiness from us by allowing His Son, Jesus Christ, to give us His perfection. As royalty, we can now focus on our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father without jumping through a bunch of hoops that would trip us up. Yes, we are going to fall and make mistakes, but as Children of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, we are instantly forgiven and continuously reconciled back to God. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior by faith, there is nothing that can separate us from God. Well-meaning and law-ridden people will try to oppress us with human rules. Instead of freeing us, these rules burden us and cause us to continually look at our sins; rather, than look at the Finished Work of Jesus. Whenever someone tries to give us a rule or condemn us with a certain human standard, we must always seek God’s Word, the Bible, and the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We have a Father in Heaven who loves us, and He will guide us in all righteousness and holiness. We can free ourselves from the shackles of others and continue to show them love. If they are living burdened by rules, they will try to spread those shackles to others. We, on the other hand, will seek the Lord on all subjects—big and small—and He will show us the way of the son and daughter of royalty.
“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1.9 NLT).
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