God can afford to be free because He is love. What does that mean?
It means God does only good. When someone does only good, they are completely free. But when we are unable to do only good, we are not free.
God is love and love does only good. That is why the Bible says,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn. 3:16)
Imagine that goodness!!
When Jesus was here on earth, the Pharisees and other religious leaders tried to prevent Him from doing good. They tried to prevent Him by using scriptures which they did not understand.
But Jesus was love and for this reason He was free to do whatever He wanted to because whatever He did He did only out of love.
So Jesus healed people on the Sabbath despite prostestations by the priests not to ‘work’ on the Sabbath. He sat with lepers, tax collectors and was ministered to by former harlots. Nothing could deter Jesus from doing good. He was free in His spirit, for He was love.
That is why we need the revelation of the cross in our hearts, so that we can deny ourselves and live lives that conform perfectly to the will of God. Conforming to the will of God means doing only good, something which our fleshly nature is simply incapable of. The fact is that the cross is the only power that can crucify the flesh and bring about God’s perfect will in our lives. The Bible says of the flesh:
“7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Rom. 8:7-8)
For this reason, therefore, the Apostle Paul had only one message:
“But we preach Christ crucified…” (1 Cor. 1:23)
Moreover, he tells the Corinthians,
“1 And I, brethren, when I came to you… 2 I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:1-2)
The cross sets us free from the power of the flesh. When we are free of the flesh, we can be as loving, and hence free, as Christ was.
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