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Nov 19, 2017
Preacher: William Gadsby
Passage: Romans 10:4

Free Indeed

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

(ROMANS 10:4)

By nature, we are in bondage to the world. Its charms, its pleasures, its wickedness, and deceit, carry us like a flood from the ways of God and truth. We are in bondage to the law. The law, when given to Adam, was in perfect accordance with his nature. It was holy, just, and good; and so was Adam. But Adam, having the management of it himself, broke its commands. But the law remained the same; God determined it should not be sullied; it must be fulfilled in every point. And here are we, the sons of Adam, bound to produce a perfect obedience to a perfect law. The child of God is made to feel all this and groan under it.

What is this freedom? Sometimes God is pleased to grant a manifestation of pardon at once, but oftener gradually. The first token of freedom is, to feel that we are in bondage, that we are sinners; for though all men are alike sinners in the sight of God, all are not blessed with freedom to know it, and to cry out for mercy in consequence there of. We never cry for mercy, feelingly so, till we enjoy a little of this freedom. Then we pant for the water of life, and at last we are enabled to rejoice in a precious Redeemer.

The Son makes us free, and not ourselves. Suppose we were in debt and had nought to pay the debt, and a kind friend were to come and pay it for us, we should justly be free. And so it is with Christ. He paid our enormous debt and set us free, “He is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” And thus is the law magnified more than if Adam had fully obeyed its commands, inasmuch as it has the obedience of God and man. By faith we realize this great truth, and are made free. God grant us the enjoyment of this freedom, and we shall then be free indeed.

‘Sermons, Fragments of Sermons, and Letters’, pages 286-287, Published in 1884

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