If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.- John 8:36
What is salvation? And how does it bring freedom?
It all began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. They ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which God warned them not to eat. Their disobedience caused sin to enter the world.
Sin separates us from God. The choices we make impact our relationship with Him. I don’t know about you, but I can’t do life alone. It’s hard, complicated, and at times doesn’t make sense. I need someone in my corner who has my back and will not lead me astray. I need Jesus! When the choices we’ve made have caused us to drift further and further away from God, there is always hope in finding our way back. That hope is salvation.
What is salvation? Salvation is the deliverance from the penalty of sin, which is death. God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree or they would die. And because of their sin, they hid from God, causing their spiritual death — their fellowship with God to be broken.
Can this relationship be mended? Yes! Despite our sinful nature, God made it possible. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God freed us through Christ‘s death on the cross for our past, present, and future sins.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). It is through God’s gift that we can possess freedom in our lives. This happens when we trust in Him completely, confess our need for Him, and ask His forgiveness.
Our sinning has not stopped with our declaration of faith. We still make mistakes. He has made us anew! Freedom is not permission to do what we want and not suffer the consequences. Instead, we are given the choice to choose wisely and to choose holiness.
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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?” She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be foundhere.