Originally posted by Orange Peel
I've heard this before. When you become Christian you gain freedom in Jesus. What does this mean to be born again? What is new?
Freedom in Christ refers to a few things. One who is born of the Spirit is now in possession of a human spirit, whereas previously, they were simply dichotomous--- just body and soul.
Every person born of the seed of man since Adam's fall has been born in such a manner: spiritually dead. However, as part of a package deal, we have also received what is known as the sin nature. The sin nature is sometimes called the 'flesh,' but does not refer to the physical body. Rather, the 'flesh' speaks of the corrupt nature we received from Adam, a type of inside agent which naturally wages war against God.
When a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, they receive a human spirit, and thus become free from the death which previously ruled their existence. To be with God, one must be like God--- similar in nature. Body and soul is partly like God, but not enough. To be like God, one must have a similar nature: body, soul, and spirit. That trichotomous nature is the first freedom.
Although the sin nature is part of the body (and therefore prevalent until the soul separates from the body), a believer receives a new nature which is capable of effective war against the sin nature. This is another freedom.
Without a spirit, man has devised various belief systems which attempt to address the sin nature. While in relation to one another these systems have varying degrees of success, overall the systems are ineffective. These systems are better known by the term religions. Religions implore and demand certain acts from man in order to gain the object of each. Christianity, however, makes no such demands. The issue in Christianity is faith alone in Christ alone. All work has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ. Our one charge: believe and be saved.
This freedom from work and religion is the most difficult for most people to comprehend. Indeed, it has become a huge stumbling block, even for those who outwardly appear to be very righteous and/or holy. While I cannot speak for others, the freedom from working to appease an impossible-to-please God is the most profound relief which I can personally imagine.
It seems a small thing for God to make eternal life, a heaven with streets of gold and beauty unspeakable. But how He made a relationship with Him entirely dependent upon His work, completely independent of even my best work... that's a marvel too much to contain and a relief beyond measure.
That brings the greatest of the freedoms, the freedom to freely choose to love Him.