Concerning ourselves with just spiritual freedom…not physical or political or national. Thinking only of our spirits. Scripture tells us repeatedly that Jesus came to set us free. Free from what?

Read: Galatians 5:1-6

I will summarize the background of this writing for you. Paul traveled to the area of Galatia which is roughly modern day Turkey. Paul preached the gospel: Jesus came and died on the cross, on the third day was raised to life and ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for us. When the people believed the Good News, they received the Holy Spirit as promised.

Later, well meaning Judaizers came and told the believers that they also needed to be circumcised in order for their faith to be valid. Paul said “Jesus only.” The Judaizers came and said, “Jesus plus.”

Jesus came to set us free from sin and death and it is by believing in Jesus that we are set free. Adding anything to Jesus is a step backwards into bondage again. No longer are we walking in spiritual freedom.

How about you? Is your faith based on Jesus plus something else? It might be good works, right behavior, church attendance, the sacraments, and on and on. The Good News is really just that – really Good News! And sometimes news that is so good seems just too good. But it really is that simple – Jesus and just Jesus.

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