Tuesday, 1 January 2013

For Freedom...

Galatians 5:1a

"For freedom Christ has set us free."

Christ has given us freedom from religious legalism, in other words from the works of the law (circumcision, etc). However we need to re-look into our own (spiritual/religious/church) tradition today and find out if there be any legalism that binds us from experiencing this freedom. It was circumcision for early christian community, what is it for us today?

This freedom calls for a radical turn, we are free, but our freedom is not for self-pleasure but to become slaves for everyone (Gal 5:13) through love. What a contradiction? And moreover Paul says that the only thing that counts is 'faith working through love' (Gal 5:6) no legalism matters.

Freedom, Faith, Love. Love for others, faith in God and freedom in Christ. Freedom in Christ is actually becoming nailed to cross (Gal 6:14) and dying in order to resurrect through the power of the Holy Spirit in becoming slaves of faith and working out love instead of law.

This is radical demand of being part of Kingdom (Reign) of God, this contradiction, this upside down meaning of 'freedom' is to be realized as essential part of realizing Christ's freedom. It is truly for freedom Christ has set us free. Freedom from ourselves. This seed has to die.

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