Your rights in Christ by virtue of the redeeming work of Christ. In talking about rights and liberty, we are also talking about the rights we have in Christ:
The Right To Choose...... The Right To Live..... The Right To Rule......
By virtue of the redeeming work of Christ, we have been declared free and at liberty to choose the way to live. This freedom in Christ empowers us with legal rights to dictate the course of our lives. Join Pastor Chris as he guides your thoughts into the reality of God's plan for excellence in your life.
Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” In this scripture, the word ‘liberty’ means ‘release’; in other words, to set free, to bring out of slavery. Jesus said that the Spirit of the Lord had anointed Him to set men free, to release those who were bruised.
This gives us an idea of what liberty is. A close look at some other scriptures where the word is used will give more insight into its meaning and import. Galatians 5:13: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
Paul says, ‘you have been called unto liberty’. The original word from which ‘liberty’ (as used in Galatians 5:13) was translated, is different from that used in Luke 4:18. ‘Liberty’ in Galatians 5:13 implies the same as in Galatians 2:4 where Paul said: “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:”
The word ‘liberty’ in this verse of scripture actually means the same thing as ‘right’, (as in one’s right). It is synonymous with authority, but in this case it emphasizes a right: a legal right! When he says we have been called unto liberty (Galatians 5:13), he means we have been called into freedom: the kind of freedom that empowers one with a legal right.
Combining this meaning of liberty with that of Luke 4:18, provides better understanding of the word ‘liberty.’ This means that Christ brought us out of slavery, so He could bring us into freedom: freedom with legal rights. Now, it is one thing to bring someone out of something, and it is another to bring him into something else.
Jesus brought us out so He could bring us in. We have therefore been called unto liberty in Christ. We have been brought out of slavery and brought into freedom. We are new creations.