“If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36 NASB1995
God sets us free from sin, not to sin. Sin is anything that denies God as Lord and works against His will, way, truth, and lordship. Father God forgives – and has forgiven – all sin through Christ, delivering us who believe and receive Him from the consequence of sin, which is death – eternal separation from God, the source of life. All are trapped in this death until they surrender to God by receiving His gift of Christ, acknowledging God the Father as the only true God and Jesus as the one way to the Father.
Though we have eternity with Him because of Christ, we can walk back into the bondage of sin through our bad choices. Freedom from sin’s death does not prevent us from experiencing and being snared by the consequences of deliberate sin actions. I.e.: sexual sin brings the consequences of unplanned, often unwanted pregnancy; disease (STDs); broken relationships, to list a few. Breaking societal law brings jail time or prison sentences. Spending yesterday’s prosperity on today’s unwise and unnecessary wants leaves a tomorrow in need. Overindulgence in food or other addictive behaviors traps us in a body snared by sickness, excess weight, loss of strength and energy, and more. Etc.
Not only does scripture tell us that we can recognize those who are His through Christ by the fruit produced in their godly, Christlike lives, but scripture also charges us with responsibilities. As followers of Christ, we are charged to represent Him and His interests rightly and truly. We have a responsibility to do right and good, as bondslaves of Righteousness. A bondslave is one who chooses, usually out of loyalty and love, to bind themselves to a master. When we choose to obey God and do right as one truly set free from sin’s separation from God, we make ourselves a bondslave, charged with commitment to love and obey The Father in likeness, loyalty, and gratitude to Christ.
Yes, we are set free in Christ. But we are not to turn our freedom into excuse for sin.
“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”