Bible Verses About Freedom In Christ

Freedom in Christ may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we hear that word – freedom. But those who have this freedom in Christ know the wonderful meaning of the word in the context of true freedom. John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” 

Let’s explore what “freedom in Christ” really means to Christians. I’m going to start at the beginning and walk through the Bible to get to the bottom of what this Christian phrase really means. 

What Does Freedom In Christ Really Mean?

God chose the Hebrews, now known as the Jewish nation to be His chosen people. When these people were a fairly small nation of close family, they ended up in Egypt due to a famine, and at that time were highly favored by the Egyptian government.

As time went on, they fell out of favor and ended up being forced under the yoke of slavery. Because of God’s favor to them, He grew them into a large nation of millions of people. And then he brought them out to freedom after 400 years of slavery to the Egyptians. 

After God got them out of Egypt, He gave the nation of Israel the Ten Commandments and many other rules to follow. These strict laws clearly identified sin and obedience. 

God also gave them a way to be pardoned for their sins, involving a system of animal sacrifices with more rules and laws that must be strictly followed. These sacrifices had to be offered over and over because sacrificing to erase sin was a temporary fix for a permanent problem. 

We can read all about this sacrificial system, called The Law, in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. 

As time went on, the Jewish nation became lazy about following these laws. Being human, they twisted them and even made up more that were nearly impossible to follow. Eventually, they lost track of which laws had been made by God and which ones were man-made. The people strayed and God scattered them and sent many of them into captivity and slavery again. 

The Curse Of The Law

God sent prophets to speak to His people, to tell them of His plan for their future salvation. These prophets were chosen by God and didn’t speak their own words, but the words of warning that God gave them to speak. They did their best to get God’s message out. Some of the people listened and obeyed, but most of their hearts were hardened and they weren’t listening. 

You see, the sacrificial Law was never intended to stand alone but from the beginning, it was meant to introduce Christ’s offering of His one life for the sins of many.

God’s Plan For Total Freedom In Christ

Eventually, God sent His own Son, Jesus, to earth as a human, fully God and fully man at the same time. Jesus drew many people to Him during His 33 years on earth. But His real purpose was to be a permanent sacrifice that would cover the sins of all people, not just Jews, once and for all. 

Jesus was murdered, crucified on a cross, and His dead body was sealed in a stone tomb. Three days later, just as the prophets had warned, Jesus came alive after death and walked among his followers again.

Jesus had provided one sacrifice for all time, to all who surrender to Him and believe that He is the only way to a life spent in eternity with Him. 

After He rose from the dead, He spent 40 days with his followers.

Then He was taken up to heaven with the promise of returning to take His people with Him one day, and with a command to all believers to GO and take His message to all the world. He told them to wait for His “Helper”, the Holy Spirit, to come to help them carry out this command to GO. 

After another 50 days, the Holy Spirit arrived during the feast of Pentecost, and believers multiplied by the thousands.

Jesus’ followers and the new believers spread the word about Him after His death and resurrection. This Good News is also known as the Gospel, the saving Truth about God and sin and being rescued from our sins if only we will believe. 

Freedom From God’s Wrath

We can be liberated from sin by believing fully in Jesus and His great sacrifice for us. This freedom in Christ first means that we are no longer subject to the laws of the Old Testament, called the Law.

We have freedom in Christ because of His great and complete sacrifice that He gave for every person on earth. He took on the sin of the world so that no one would not have to bear the Wrath of God, which is eternal punishment in hell. 

The Apostle Paul wrote about the work of Christ to give us this freedom in the Book of Galatians. He describes how we were all responsible for paying the penalty of sin, and how Christ’s sacrifice released us from the spiritual bondage of our sinful habits. Paul vividly describes how all who believe have been given new life, made a new creation in Christ. 

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Benefits Of Freedom In Christ 

Once we accept Him as our own Savior, we are liberated from the bondage of sin. We are free to worship and pray to God directly without having to go through a mediator. When we proclaim our belief in the Good News, we are freed from our past and even our future sins. 

If you have accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation, you are free from the bondage and the power of sin, from feeling the need to control your own life, and from repaying the debt that Jesus paid for our lives.

We are free to have a relationship with God, free from fear, free from weakness, free from Satan’s domination, free from legalism, and so much more. 

Sadly, those who don’t accept His offering will not be saved from that eternal punishment. Spiritual freedom is there for the taking, but it must be accepted in order to receive it. He died for all, but not all will accept  Christ’s free gift. 

Charles Swindoll puts it this way in his Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary“You see, Christ didn’t set us free without purpose or to no end. Nor did He set us free so we could enslave ourselves to the nearest legalist or embark on a wild frenzy of immorality. Christ set us free so we could bask in the benefits of His salvation, living out our freedom in Christ without guilt or condemnation. This freedom offers us a new lifestyle. Now we have the ability to live by the Spirit’s power. We’re free to obey God and do His will joyfully. We can love and serve others. We’re able to enter into the Lord’s presence through prayer, experiencing a close, personal relationship with Him. Before salvation, we couldn’t take advantage of any of these benefits. We were penniless, pathetic slaves to sin. But now, as wealthy freedmen and women, we can enjoy them to the fullest. Christ has set us free so that we may enjoy our freedom.“ 

Bible Verses About Freedom In Christ

True freedom in Christ isn’t meant in the sense of being free to continue to sin, or freedom from being held accountable for our wrongdoing. And freedom doesn’t mean that if we sin we won’t suffer the consequences. 

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Jesus taught that the old Law that the Pharisees insisted on teaching was even too hard for them to follow, because they had added so many burdensome rules to what God originally intended. By this time, even the Pharisees didn’t know what parts of the law were from God and what parts were made up by men.He was pierced because of our rebellions, and crushed because of our crimes. He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds we are healed. Like sheep we had all wandered away, each going its own way, but the Lord let fall on him all our crimes. Isaiah 53:5-6 (MSG)

The crucifixion was foretold by many of the prophets. This is one example of prophecy that can hardly be mistaken for anything but what it is.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” “We are descendants of Abraham,” they answered him, “and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus responded, “Truly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”  John 8:32-36 (CSB) 

The Pharisees, who were the Jewish leaders didn’t want to release their hold on The Law and didn’t want to understand this free gift of God. They were stuck in the old way and refused to understand this freedom in Christ. 

Romans 6:15-16

What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey – either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness. (CSB)

Every one of us will either end up in heaven or in hell. Where we spend eternity depends on who we are obedient slaves to – to the law of sin leading to eternal death or slaves of Christ, who gives us true freedom and eternal life in heaven.

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed.

Luke 4:21

This was read aloud from the ancient scroll of Isaiah by Jesus himself. After reading it, he said, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.” Jesus was proclaiming Himself to be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. How much more clear can the Scriptures be?

Galatians 5:1

Christ has set us free! This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don’t ever become slaves of the Law again. (CEV)

When we are freed after being enslaved by the power of darkness, we are overjoyed by our Christian freedom, and given the hope of righteousness when we were hopelessly lost. What joy to be set free from God’s wrath forever! 

Ephesians 2:8

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift.

When we really stop and think about the grace that has set us free, we see the miracle of it all. Nothing we could ever do for ourselves would have been able to give us this freedom in Christ!

Galatians 2:20-21

I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

When Christ died for you, your sin nature died with Him. The old law, the law of Moses, couldn’t save you, but Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross could. He loved you enough to die for you, and if you were the only person in the world, He still would have died so that you could have eternal life with Him in paradise.

Colossians 1:13

God rescued us from the dark power of Satan and brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son, who forgives our sins and sets us free.

How beautiful! Rescued from Satan’s power and brought into Jesus’ kingdom, forgiven and free! You have the stamp of God’s approval the second you accept Christ’s sacrifice as payment for all of your sins. 

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You see, we deserved the death that Jesus died, but instead, he took what we deserved and gave us the gift of eternal life instead.

John 14:6

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Yes, Jesus is the way to heaven, the only way. Good works, following every law, or going to church every Sunday will never get us there. Only the sacrificial work of Christ did it, already done for us by our Savior, Jesus.

Acts 4:12

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.

Some people think we can get into heaven by good works or following rules or other formulas. But true salvation is found in no one else but Jesus Christ. He gave His blood sacrifice for everyone, however, you must accept it in order to receive it.

John 3:16

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Indeed, Jesus is the way to heaven, the only way. What a wonderful gift He has offered to everyone! However, only some will accept this gift and obtain true freedom in Christ. Our job is to tell the world about the way to true freedom. 

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