LIBERTY through FULFILLMENT
BY: RAY PRINZING
“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” (Ps. 119:45)
Liberty –how overwhelming is the word, full of meaning unexplored, Beyond trite phrases we have heard, into the depth of Christ our Lord.
James writes of “the perfect law of liberty.” (James 1:25), which Godspeed renders, “the faultless law that makes men free.” In all natural laws of “thou shalt” or “thou shalt not” we find restraints. What kind of a law is this that makes one free, exempt from slavery thereto? It is “the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus that makes me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:2)
“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:4)
It is a perfect law of liberty. The word “perfect” meaning to fulfill, complete. All the standards and laws of creed and doctrine, sundry concepts of men, will bind; they will not fulfill nor bring freedom. The only freedom there is in any law is when it is kept, fulfilled, then you feel no restraint upon your actions, because there is no fencing in by the law. SO THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE in Christ Jesus, working in us, fulfills all the righteousness of the law, fully meets its standard and it is in this complete fulfillment that we find our liberty. His life, lived through us, is liberty. The indwelling anointing gives no occasion for the flesh. “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain.” Under His inward rule we learn to live totally righteous.
With joy we proclaim that “they shall all be taught of God.” (John 6:45) But it is “every man in his own order.” Right now God is working this out in His firstfruits company, bringing a release from the old nature of self, into the new nature of Himself that we might walk in liberty. We need not apologize for being in the will of god, nor subject ourselves to the bondage of men – for IN HIM we are gloriously free.