‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.’ Galatians 5.1
One of the key messages in this powerful verse is that we are free. Many times we look to the future and believe that if only x, y or z would happen, then we would be free. However, in this verse Paul says that freedom is not a future event but is what we have now. So what does he mean?
Originally he was talking about freedom from observing the law. Part of the emphasis on the law was the belief that if every part of it was obeyed, then acceptance by God would follow and his favour would be poured out. Paul puts it so wonderfully – Jesus has paid the price for our sins so when God looks at us, he no longer sees our sin. There is absolutely nothing that stands in the way of us and the goodness that God longs to pour out on us.
This is how it is for us today; there is nothing that needs to happen for it to be true since it is a reality already. Once you have grasped this, Paul says, walk in it and let nothing drag you back.