In the story of the bond-servant, Christ identified that just obtaining salvation does not complete
the process of being transformed to a life completely surrendered and submitted to God the Father. One must release the right to oneself so that the hindrance of “self” does not inhibit the
important step of the saved moving beyond just knowing Christ as savior to knowing Him as LORD. Only then can true “freedom” be experienced. Why? God has license to guide the life of the surrendered. Unfortunately, many believers never obtain the satisfaction of knowing Christ as LORD. Never experiencing the “freedom” that the release of “right to self” provides. “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God” (1 Peter 2:16).
Grace affords the believer, who repents (turns away to never repeat) from his or her sin, the “clean slate” or complete forgiveness from the penalty of disobedience of God. Like the protection a liability insurance policy provides a medical practitioner. Liability insurance provides the practitioner a financial forgiveness of medical malpractice. It does not issue the “right” of the practitioner to continue in malpractice. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Believers must understand this principle. Grace is not a license to continue living a reckless life under the false security of having “liability insurance”. Grace affords the opportunity to continue the practice of following God’s plan allowing those who chose to follow Him, the opportunity to “practice” in a right relationship with Him. Transformation is a process of releasing the “right” to self and transferring your individual rights over to Him. This is the only way to absolute peace and sustaining joy. How? His power is allowed to enter into you once you expose your most vulnerable assets, right to self and your heart.
Move forward toward His throne fulfilled in Him so to continue His work (Matt 28:19-20, 22: 37-40).
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