Monday, November 17, 2008

2 Corinthians 3:17

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (NASB)


“Now the Lord is the Spirit (pneuma: a simple essence, devoid of all grosser matter and possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting; a life giving spirit; the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc.), and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (eleutheria: licence to live as one should, not as one pleases).”


Now the LORD is the Spirit that gives life and where His Spirit is, there is liberty and freedom to live as He intends.


Now I know that this sounds kind of tricky, but we must be sure to look at it carefully. This verse has been abused for far too long – misunderstood to mean that one can act however they choose because they are free. Now this is half-true. One is free in Christ, but the liberty, the freedom is to be all that God created you to be. It is license to walk as a child of God, no longer bound by your flesh and this world. The LORD has enabled you to freely walk out what you were created for. This is why we must walk according to the Spirit – here alone can we be whole. Today, be mindful that you are free in Him.

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