Mans will is enslaved to sin and death, therefore a dead and enslaved will cannot
be free at the same time it is a prisoner. (John 8:34
KJV) Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant
of sin. The word servant in this verse means
slave. What freedom does a person have when they are a slave? They are the
property of their master. Sin is the master of the unbeliever. Humans have free will in
small areas of life such as what car to drive or what kind of clothes to wear because
these are all physical matters. Salvation is a spiritual matter and man has no control
over spiritual matters. We have already seen that mans will is enslaved to sin and
the result of that enslavement to sin is spiritual death. Remember when Adam and Eve
sinned? God told them that they would surely die. What happened? When they
fell, did they fall physically or spiritually? In other words, did they physically die at
that moment or did they spiritually die? Of course, we know they lived on in the flesh
which means a spiritual death took place. The problem with the free will camp is that they
make no distinction between the physical and the spiritual, and that is their big mistake
and the reason that their understanding is darkened in the arena of salvation. The
spiritual must be separated from the physical. Once that happens, understanding of
Gods salvation plan will take place.
Freedom in the Gospel
Before I get into the aspects of the glorious freedom of the
believer, I want to address another attack which the free will crowd throws at us. They
claim that the once saved always saved people preach that we can go out and
sin and do anything we want because we are saved. This is one of the most ridiculous
things I have ever encountered. It comes from the mind of a juvenile. No true Doctrines of
Grace adherent would ever counsel anyone to sin as they please because their salvation is
secure. I have seen more holiness among the Calvinist crowd than I have among the Holiness
people. True Calvinists never presume upon the grace of God by living a sinful life. This
does not mean that we do not sin but we respect our salvation a lot more than someone who
thinks they are in control of it. (1 John 3:8 KJV) He
that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this
purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Since we have seen that the true robots are those who are of Satan, let us look at the
freedoms the believer possesses in Christ.
The Soul is Free of Sin
(1 John 1:7 KJV) 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.
One of the greatest freedoms that the Christian possesses is that our souls are
completely cleansed of sin. This means that we are free to serve Christ without any guilt
or stain of guilt of sin on our souls. The moment that Christ cleansed us, we were
qualified to go to Heaven because every vestige of sin was removed from our soul. Our soul
is as clean as if we never sinned.
Free not to Obey Sin
(Isa 58:6 KJV) Is not this the fast that I have
chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the
oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Another great freedom the believer has is the ability to say no to sin. The Christian
has the Holy Spirit living within them and He gives them the strength to say no to sin.
Whatever bound or oppressed us in our old life, need not bind us again since we now have
the strength to avoid the pitfalls of the old man.
Free from the demands of Law for Salvation
(Rom 3:28 KJV) Therefore we conclude that a man is
justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
The true Christian does not have to do anything to maintain their salvation since our
salvation is all of Grace. We need not place ourselves under the yoke of any deeds of
either the law or any institution for salvation. Our salvation was accomplished by Christ
in total, lacking nothing.
The Son Makes Us Free
(John 8:36 KJV) If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed.
As Nicodemus did not understand the nature of salvation, neither do they who feel we
must adhere to some type of rules or practices. The Christian is free from all of the
bondage of religion and systems.
Free from Hell
(Rom 8:2 KJV) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The believer does not have the penalty of Hell hanging over their heads. They know that
if the Lord takes them, they will immediately go into the presence of the Lord for
Satan has no Authority over the True Christian
(John 14:30 KJV) Hereafter I will not talk much with you:
for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
As Satan has absolutely no authority over the Lord Jesus Christ, he possesses no
authority over the redeemed of God. Satan is a defeated foe and we never have to worry
about him. He may hinder our ministries and cause havoc, but we are secure in the Lord
Jesus Christ who has total rule over Satan.
As we have seen, the true robots are the ones who are unsaved. They
must obey their programmed impulses to sin, as they go from sin to sin. On the contrary,
the true Christian is made free in Christ. A person who is free is not a robot as they are
not programmed like a robot. Obedience to Christ is a joy because of the salvation being
granted. The free will camp places themselves in charge of their salvation, which
displaces God as the grantor. If anyone is in bondage to robotic salvation, it is the free
will camp since they have to exercise their free will constantly to maintain their
salvation, which is nothing more than maintaining it by works. No Thanks, I would rather
have Grace because God is the one who sustains us.