SEEKING TRUE FREEDOM
Tim Hardin sang a song popular many years ago that said, "Come and sing a simple song of freedom; sing it you've never sung before.." Today
we have a simple song of freedom that can be sung but there are those
who are trying to complicate the simplicity of this freedom.
The song we sing is that of Moses and the Lamb (Rev. 15:3). These
songs speak of deliverance. For Moses (Israel) it was deliverance from
Egypt (Ex. 15). For us it is the deliverance from the bondage of sin.
When God delivers His children it is a true freedom they enjoy, and no
freedom is greater than that of being freed from our sins.
Some are seeking to destroy that freedom by telling us that no one
church has a monopoly on truth. Of course the purpose behind this
proclamation is to get us to believe that one church is as good as
another, since all churches have at least a partial amount of truth
associated with them. Some will go so far as to say it is impossible to
know the perfect gospel.
There is a major problem with this supposition. The problem is
that truth did not originate in any church. Truth comes from God so we
must believe God's truth is perfect. Understanding that God's truth is
itself perfect leads us to what our response is to be. We must accept
God's truth and be obedient to it if we are to truly become free for the
church was established on the truth of God's word. This is why only
God can add us to the church (Acts 2:47).
Why people stumble over this is due to the lack of teaching
concerning the covenants. Many want to hold to the old covenant (Law)
under Moses while retaining portions of the new covenant established by
Christ. This can't be done for Christ has taken the first out of the
way, nailing it to the cross (Eph. 2:13ff; Col. 2:11-15). God alone
establishes the covenant and its conditions, and man responds. Doing
so is the basis of obedience and faithfulness.
Jesus said "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you
free" (Jn. 8:32). John later writes we can know we have eternal life (1
Jn. 5:13), and that knowledge is based upon knowing God. Truly knowing
God is possible only through obedience to His word (1 Jn. 5:2). When
man seeks to change what God has set forth he has left the righteousness
of God (Ro. 1:16,17) and, in turn, has established a righteousness of
his own (Ro. 10:2-4).
It is possible to know the perfect gospel for the perfect God, our
Father, has revealed it. It is simple and easy to understand for those
seeking God's truth. Becoming truly free in obedience to that truth
allows us to sing that simple song of freedom. Rodger