Liberty Through God's Law
Today's democratic system of government in Western nations is based on liberty that is both defined and guaranteed by law. Biblical freedom or liberty is no different. Without law, there can be no effective or lasting liberty.
A society without law inevitably succumbs either to total anarchy or to an oppressive dictatorship. Untarnished law, willingly obeyed, is the glue that cements stability and assures fairness for all. Supreme liberty is possible exclusively through laws that are equitable and a citizenry that willingly submits to them from the heart.
This is the goal that God has committed Himself to achieve, though with a system of laws far better than anything human beings have ever devised. He already has revealed laws to humankind that are equitable and sound—laws that, if obeyed by all, would bring freedom from suffering. Currently, He is in the process of writing those laws into the hearts and minds of a called and chosen few.
At the return of Jesus Christ, He will expand that effort to include all of humankind. In the final judgment He will sort those who willingly respond to Him from those who refuse to give up their self-centered attitudes and behavior (Matthew 25:31-46).
Those who internalize His laws, allowing them to be "written" into their hearts and minds, will receive eternal life. Those who totally reject the rule of divine law will be destroyed forever in the final lake of fire (Hebrews 10:26-31; Revelation 20:15).
The end result will be an immortal family named after God (Ephesians 3:14-15). His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18), who love one another from the heart, will indeed have been "delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Romans 8:21).
No longer imprisoned by physical limitations, they will be free from physical suffering and even from death. And in living forever by God's law of love, they will experience true joy and happiness for all eternity.
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