|2 Corinthians 3:17|
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.3 [To be led by the Spirit is to obey what you see and hear the Word from within your heart commands you to do and speak; when you are totally walking by commands from the Spirit, faith has come. Until this gift of faith by revelation has arrived, the inner law, which includes moral core of the outward law, is your schoolmaster, Gal 3:24-25. From the Word of the Lord within: "Until you witness receiving faith from Christ, you are under the law. Until you witness the law fulfilled in you, you are under the law." Note verses 19-24 below. As you follow the Lord's first commands to repent from your evil behaviors, (resulting in His removal of even your desire to sin), your confidence dramatically increases in attaining all the gospel's promises.]
23 For if anyone is only a hearer of the word, and not a doer,4 he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror,
24 Who looks at himself and goes on his way, immediately forgetting what he looked like.
25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues looking into it, if he does not forget what he heard, but he does the work [obeys],5 this man will be blessed in his deed.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.2 [When crucified, we experience the Ministry of Righteousness, which is the learning of how to walk and speak righteously, walking by the Light of Life, walking after the Spirit. You are not free from the law of sin and death until you have received the fruit of the Spirit, walking in love, fulfilling the law, your sinful nature destroyed by Christ, your heart circumcised by Christ, and you crucified on the inward cross of self-denial.]
21 Because the creation itself will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
|James 2:12 |
12 So speak and act accordingly, as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.