My PC Bible Study Program by BibleSoft opens each day with a short devotional thought by Charles Spurgeon. This morning’s thought is based on Galatians 5:1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.”
Spurgeon observed, “This ‘liberty’ makes us free to heaven’s charter—the Bible.”
In the writing style of his day, he offers some insights worth sharing with our readers. “You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stores of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please…Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings.”
“There is not a promise in the Word which shall be withheld,” Spurgeon affirmed. “In the depths of tribulations let this freedom comfort you; amidst waves of distress let it cheer you; when sorrows surround thee let it be thy solace…Thou art also free to the throne of grace. It is the believer’s privilege to have access at all times to His heavenly Father.”
The 19th-century preacher and author reminds us that “Whatever our desires, our difficulties, our wants, we are at liberty to spread all before Him. It matters not how much we may have sinned, we may ask and expect pardon.”
He then shares this great Biblical truth, “We have permission to approach His throne at all times—in midnight’s darkest hour, or in noontide’s most burning heat. Exercise thy right, O believer, and live up to thy privilege. Thou art free to all that is treasured up in Christ—wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.”
Indeed what blessings we enjoy as people made free from sin by the blood of Jesus. As I completed this grand thought five words come to mind.
Promises. God’s promises are sure. Certain. And assured. People may make promises and never deliver. That’s not true of God. Paul put it this way. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Cor. 1:20). The Lord has given us “exceedingly great and precious promises” that allow us to escape the putridity of sin and enjoy blessings in Christ. (2 Pet 1:4; Eph. 1:3)
Pardon. One of the greatest promises is pardon from our sins. From guilt. From the servitude of Satan. The ancient prophet assured us that God will “abundantly pardon” (Isa 55;7). The liberty we enjoy in the Lord has released us from the shackles of sin. As we come to know the truth. Believe the Truth. And obey the Truth. We can be free indeed (Jn 8:32-33).
Power. We’ve been given the power to access and enjoy God’s promises and pardon. The Gospel is God’s power to salvation (Rom. 1:16). We have been given the power to over Satan’s schemes (Eph 6:10-17). The power to accomplish for the Lord even more than we think or ask (Eph. 3:20-21). And to be guarded by God’s power through trials and tribulations (1 Pet 1:5).
Peace. Jesus is the provider of peace (Jn 14:27). Because he is the “Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6). It is a peace that surpasses human insight and understanding (Phil 4:7). When we make peace with God, we experience inner peace and enjoy peace with others.
Prayer. What a great promise! What a great privilege! As my friend John Shirley often says that we “have God’s ear.” He hears. He cares. He answers. Indeed “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (Jas 5:16).
A true understanding and appreciation for these 5 Biblical blessings ought to be all the motivation we need to “stand firm” in freedom’s banner.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman