Fear not little flock. Free means Free.

“Faith alone becomes the most fearful deathblow to your spiritual aspirations, and death [with Christ] is counted as the end of your chances to improve by using your free will.

Faith is absorbed, united, saturated, and intoxicated by God’s word. Imagine that faith is like being drunk – losing one’s own power and coming under the power of whatever God says.

What was I before faith? Your guess is as good as mine. You appear now to have been a Narcissus, a navel-gazing theologian who was desperately curved in upon himself… But the Christ-life has become all hope and is the only ‘you’ that has a future.

Faith [in Christ] means you are not just somewhat free but perfectly free… The free life is lived outside oneself in Christ, and all this by clinging to a bare, simple, and repeated promise such as that found in Scripture: ‘If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed‘ (John 8:36).”

Steven Paulson, Luther, pages 184-193.

What if our Churches were counted worthy to be known as a place where people come “to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus?”


4 thoughts on “Fear not little flock. Free means Free.

  1. Great post, John!

    If there is one link of the chain of bondage (what we should be doing, thinking, saying, feeling) still upon us…then we are not really free.

    Christ with NO add-on’s. There is the real freedom that He died to give us.

    Thank you, friend.

  2. I’m totally with the free grace thing, as I know I cannot afford any other kind! I’m just not sure ‘drunk’ is the best way to illustrate it. I can see what he’s saying…I’d rather think of it as being anesthetized while God does surgery. We don’t help the surgeon out at all but essentially we have control of ourselves removed from us… we arise later and benefit from what the surgeon has done without our assistance, while we were totally incapacitated. The analogy still fails in that it sounds like this is a one time deal — when actually God is doing it all the time. Maybe a surgery, or even repeated surgeries, with immobilization but not general anaesthesia?

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