I am currently teaching a new series at the church that I pastor (Bethel Assembly in Spartanburg, SC) simply entitled LIVING FREE. The series is primarily dealing with the freedom we have, as believers, from the Law and the power of sin. And this is all accomplished through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection!
Jesus clearly stated, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” – John 8:36, NIV.
How did the Son set us free? Hebrews 9:15 supplies the answer:
For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
This promise is really built upon a simple mathematical equation. Now, let me preface what I am about to say by confessing to you that math is certainly not my strong suit. Just ask Dr. Kimble, my Math professor at Southeastern University. I barely escaped his class with a very average C grade. But, I do not need to have a mathematical degree to really appreciate the mathematical anomaly of God’s salvation equation. You see, according to Paul in his letter to the church in Galatia (which was primarily written to combat legalism and those who were trying to add extra requirements to God’s plan of salvation), God’s basic formula for salvation is simple: Christ’s blood + NOTHING = salvation for all who believe! Yep. That’s it… God’s mathematical anomaly.
Oh, but man has tried for centuries to impose religious rules and guidelines on unsuspecting seekers who genuinely desire to find peace and hope for their lives… ultimately turning such seekers off to the pure, unadulterated gospel of Christ. Let me be absolutely clear… Man did not invent salvation, didn’t purchase it, and can’t take any credit for it. Freedom from sin and redemption is God’s work. Period! To try to add human achievement to salvation only serves to corrupt and contaminate this pure gospel message! So, why not just accept God’s mathematical anomaly for what it is–God’s grace-filled, compassionate, overwhelming love plan to rescue you! Now, I don’t need a doctorate in Math to appreciate this! How about you?