We are still mining the depths of the riches of freedom found in the provision of Christ’s cross. Freedom from guilt, sin and the law, the three that weigh us down, the three that produce shame in our lives, the three that keep us from running to God lose their ability to keep us in bondage because of the cross of Christ. Our joint crucifixion with Jesus places us in freedom, no longer ruled by sin, guilt and the law. Did you know there are real enemies to your liberty in Christ? Jesus said in this world you’ll have tribulation that was more than a hint, there are not only things in the world but a world system contending with us. Part of the tribulation is the world’s opposition to your freedom in Jesus. Its opposition comes in its temptations, its pressure to continue as the world does, and its design and structure. Let’s see exactly what the bible say’s about the world, but most importantly the freedom that we have from it through the cross.
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal 6:14)
In the New Testament there are four Greek words that are translated into the word “world” in English. You can find the other three in the study notes; here we’ll focus on the word kosmos. Kosmos at is foundation means arrangement, order, and adornment.
In the bible kosmos is used in four different ways, first as the physical world seen. (Mar 16:15), As mankind (John 1:29), in a ethical sense as the ungodly (John 7:7), and lastly as a world order or system. This sense includes the idea of worldly affairs, or possessions as is evident in the following verse. (Mat 16:26).
This world, or world system is spoken of numerous times in the scriptures, and there are distinct characteristics, functions and attributes let’s look at a few here.
This world system has rulers, powers and principalities that reign over it. These are the enemies of our freedom and existence they seek to wage war against the child of God.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph 6:12)
This world has a spirit.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1Co 2:12)
The Prince of this world is Satan.
I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. (John 14:30)
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. (1 john 5:19)
This world has a course, that people who have the spirit of the world walk and live in.
In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience (Eph 2:2).
There is also a worldly wisdom that is foolishness to God.
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1Co 1:20)
In summary, there is a world system that exists, a system to which Satan is prince, a system that he arranges and designs to run counter to God. In this world system contains all the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life; all the temptations that ensnares and lead people to sin and bondage. This world has a course to which it operates, a spirit which operates in its people, but also a time to which it will be ended. This is the world that Jesus said would give us tribulation, this is the world that stands in opposition to your liberty, that erects “billboards of temptation” and “road blocks” to faith; with one goal keeping all blinded to the freedom found in the cross.
Thank God there is freedom in the cross, an escape from a life enslaved by this world system. That escape comes in our joint crucifixion with Jesus. When it came to the law we died to it, but to deliver us from the world there is a mutual death that takes place; the world is crucified to us and us to the world. L.L. Legters says it this way, “Each person who is willing today to take his stand upon the Word of God will find that, in the eyes of the world, he is an outcast, one not desired for festive company, on dead to the world”, the worlds crucifixion to us renders us of no use to the world. Our crucifixion to the world provides our exit from its course of operation, our exorcism from its spirit, and our ability to deny all of its offerings. We are free!
Our freedom came at a cost, and to lay hold of this freedom costs; it requires not only the knowledge, but believing what the bible says has indeed been done. We have to count it so, the bible uses the word “reckon” (Rom 6:11) and lastly it requires action; we have to exercise the liberty we have each day, it could be understood this way, those who stay free are the ones who keep exercising their liberty.
For full study notes based off of the Freedom through the cross book by L.L Legters click here.
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