Our Freedom in Christ
July 3, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Freedom in Christ Passage: Ephesians 2:1–2:10
In this sermon podcast on Ephesians 2:1-10, Pastor Brent illuminates three “saving acts” performed by God in your salvation so that you may understand the gospel from the right perspective.
Every July 4th in the United States, we celebrate the independence of our country and the freedom that we experience as its citizens. However, this earthly freedom, while richly enjoyed, is only temporary and ultimately limited in nature. How so? You can live in freedom in the United States for 80 years, but be bound in sin and destined to perish in hell for eternity. Freedom on the earth is a facade without freedom in Christ.
In Ephesians 2:1-10, the Apostle Paul reminds the Ephesian believers of their salvation. He causes them to look back at their desperate situation outside of Christ so as to truly understand the freedom that they have now found in Christ and His gospel.
However, the Apostle Paul does even more than give them a reminder of their freedom in Christ. In fact, he reminds them that their freedom in Christ and every believer’s freedom in Christ is the work of God alone. The gospel is God’s gospel. Salvation and freedom in Christ is brought about by God alone.
As believers, we must understand the gospel from the right perspective. God accomplishes everything in our salvation and our freedom in Christ is completely His work from start to finish. This perspective of salvation is a powerful encouragement to live out our freedom in Christ knowing we are victorious in Him through the power of God.