The Best Freedom
The best freedom is freedom from sin. Before we receive Jesus everything we do is sin. We are snared in it.
Isaiah 64:6: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Romans 14:23b: . . . whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Romans 7:18a: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: . . .
Romans 3:10: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
After we have received Jesus we have the opportunity to do what is righteous rather than sinning and He helps us to do it. But we don*t always avail ourselves of that freedom or of His help. Even after you have received Jesus, you are just like me in that we don*t always do what is righteous. Before we received Jesus we were free from righteousness and forgiveness, that is, we had no righteousness and we were not forgiven for our sins. After we have received Jesus, forgiveness is freely available to us.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
1 John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
When we receive Jesus we are freed from the penalty of sin, the power of sin and when we reach Heaven we will be freed from the very presence of sin.
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Before we received Jesus we were imprisoned outside of the way, outside of the truth, outside of the life and away from the Father.
Romans 6:20: For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Psalms 40:2: He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
2 Timothy 2:24: And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Romans 6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.