Eight freedoms of living by the Spirit
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
- The freedom to experience salvation
The Spirit makes us alive in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:13; 1 Peter 3:18
- The freedom of security with God
The Holy Spirit seals us for and to the Father, and helps us to know and walk in our relationship with Him. Ephesians 1: 13-14
- The freedom to know and walk in Gods truth. The Spirit is constantly revealing God’s truth to us through the word, worship and our relationship with Him. John 14:26; 1 John 2:27
- The freedom to walk by the Spirit and not our flesh. When we walk by the Spirit we are empowered to by Him to deny our fleshly reactions, responses and attitudes. Galatians 5:16-21; James 3:14-16
- The freedom to bear fruit. Bearing fruit is a matter of being not doing, walking daily with the Father. Galatians 5:17-25
- The freedom to grow spiritually. The Father wants us to constantly grow in Him, to become mature saints. Colossians 1:9-12, 28; Hebrews 5:12-13
- The freedom to serve the Father and be the person He has made you.
The Holy Spirit, through our personalities and identity, gifts us each. The expectation is that we will use these gifts to impact the Kingdom of God 1 Corinthians 12: 6-7; Ephesians 2:10
- The freedom to speak boldly and wisely about our faith. Scripture teaches us that we should not worry about what to say when defending our faith, the Spirit will tell us what to say. Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11-12
Spiritual Radiance Comes from an Inner Witness
And hereby we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit, which He has given us. 1 John 3:24
One distinguishing mark of the earliest Christians was their radiance, for the sun had come up in their hearts and its warmth and light made unnecessary any secondary sources of assurance. They had the inner witness!
Great power and great grace marked their lives, enabling them to rejoice to suffer shame for the name of Jesus. It is obvious in our day that the average evangelical Christian is without this radiance. The efforts of some of our teachers to cheer our drooping spirits are futile because, those same teachers reject the very phenomenon that would naturally produce joy, namely, the inner witness [of the Holy Spirit].
Instead of the inner witness we now substitute logical conclusions drawn from texts. There is no witness, no immediacy of knowledge, no encounter with God, and no awareness of inner change. Where there is a divine act within the soul there will always be a corresponding awareness. This act of God is self-validating. It is its own evidence and addresses itself directly to the religious consciousness.
Charles Wesley in a triumphant hymn wrote:
“His Spirit answers to the blood,And tells me I am born of God!”
To the salvation-by-Iogical-conclusion devotees such language is plain heresy. If it is heresy, I run to join such a glorious heretic, and may God send us many more!