WE ARE FREE
"Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ."
// Galatians 3:23-27
Paul reminds us of the two natures we’ve lived through: the slave and the son. The slave knows a life of fear, hardship, and works, for the slave is captive to the law of sin and death that holds him in bondage. But when we are born again, “now that faith has come” into our hearts by means of the new birth, we are sons and we are free. We who are sons of God are such because we have put on the Son of God by faith. We live this way because it is the ascended life; it is the higher way of God.
We are not designed to work for our daily bread; God gives it to us, and His bread feeds our whole being. We do not need to labor to feel loved, for we are freely loved by God; He calls us His beloved children because we now live inside the heart of the Beloved Son. We no longer live lives encumbered by fear, anxiety, or doubt because our hearts are filled up to the brim with faith, hope, and love. Truly, it is impossible to live lives of fear any longer. That does not mean we won’t feel fear, or make choices rooted in fear, but because we have been given an ascended life now, we have the right to choose. We can choose something other than fear if we want to live above it.
Through our new births, we are granted the right to choose between fear and love, unbelief and faith, again. If we want to live enslaved to fear, we can certainly do that, but that just seems foolish, doesn’t it? If we want to try to add our efforts to all God is doing, and add more foolishness to our lives, we can choose to do so, but it’s a lower choice. The higher choice we have been given in the ascended life is to exercise our right to live above fear, foolishness, and fatiguing self-efforts. We get to exercise our right to live in peace, in faith, by love, according to God’s strength alone.
As sons and daughters of God, we have rights, and we have the right to live out the same life that Jesus lives in heaven. We have a right to trump fear in our lives simply by choosing to believe God’s love for us, which casts out fear. Jesus has a right to live peaceful, content, loved, and faith-filled, and so do we because He is in us and we are in Him. Let’s exercise our rights to live by faith, hope, and love alone!