“They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” (2 Peter 2:19)
I am often times intrigued when I encounter individuals who tout their freedom in sin. Regardless of the ultimate consequences of their actions, they are willing to do whatever it takes for this nebulous concept they have conceived regarding the meaning of freedom.
Freedom (ἐλευθερία; eleutheria) means liberty, or living as we should and not as we please. Unfortunately, for many the meaning of liberty is living as we please and not as we should. This latter meaning for liberty has unfortunately become the philosophy of many believers in Christ.
False teachers promise people freedom. The irony is that these same false teachers are slaves of corruption. A slave (δοῦλος’ doulos) means to be subservient to someone or something. In other words, someone other than yourself controls you. Corruption (φθορά; phthora) means to have soul of which moral corruption and depravity originates.
False teachers are slaves to their own spiritual decay. They cannot promise or provide true freedom because they do not possess it themselves.
Pastor Burk Parsons writes, “The Psalmist declared, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps. 119:97). Why would anyone love the law of God? Why would we love that which constantly tells us what miserable wretches we are, daily points out all our shortcomings, relentlessly reminds us of all our death-deserving sins, and keeps knocking us down to our knees, leaving us crying out for help?”
“The truth of the matter is that not just anyone loves the law of God but only those who have been set free by our law-giving, law-keeping, and law-liberating Savior. We love the law of God not because we possess some sort of inherent self-inflicting, self-deprecating sadistic disposition toward ourselves, but because, in His electing grace, God set His glorious and enduring love upon us, laid His eternal claim upon us, took hold of us and clutches us in the palm of His strong and steadfast hand, and made us His dutiful bondslaves that we might be free to delight in His law in our inner being (Rom. 7:22–25) and strive to observe all the commands of Christ (Matt. 28:20), who by no means abolished the Law but fulfilled it perfectly in our behalf (Matt. 5:17). His death is our life. His fulfillment is our freedom. His duty is our delight.”
“Our abundant life of freedom in Christ is not a freedom to do anything we want to do but to have the uninterrupted, Spirit-sustaining power to do what we know we ought to do as the Holy Spirit changes our wants and daily makes all of our God-given duties delightful as we rest in the finished work of Christ (Rom. 8:3–4).”
Enjoy today a freedom in Christ which is true liberty. For further study, I encourage you to read Romans 6.
Solei deo Gloria!