Set Free and Live Free
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” consists of three major points of truth: you, what you have received from Christ, and walk in Him.
In the first case, you can be singular or plural, it is referring to the believers whom the blood of Christ has cleansed them from all sins (Heb. 10:10, 14) and God declared them as holy by the standard in the righteousness of God in Heaven which Christ came to accomplish on earth (Heb. 9:22-24) that they no longer come to face with the judgment of Christ for the spirit since salvation is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus and not of deeds that no one should boast (Eph. 2:8-9). Therefore, holiness is what God worked on as a gift for those who believe in Jesus (Eph. 2:10) and to receive reward it is by deeds (1 Corin. 3:10-15, 2 Corin. 5:10-13).
The second aspect of being set free is to be willing to receive it from God. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus (Rom. 5:1). God justified a person by the blood of Christ which is required to wash away all sins for all time (Heb. 10:10, 14), and the quality is to be perfect (Isa. 1:18). If this person lives in Christ, he or she is a new creature (2 Corin. 5:17), therefore there is no power in heaven nor earth can separate him or her from God (Rom. 8:31-39) because all his or her sins have been paid by the blood of Christ on the cross (Coloss. 2:11-17). However, one may be able to lose his or her salvation by choice and that is to reject Christ, denying the truth of the Scripture (Matt. 5:17-18), blaspheme the Holy Spirit who convicts the heart (Matt. 12:31, John 16:7-14) which grieve the Holy Spirit to leave him or her (Eph. 4:30). The Bible calls this a shipwreck to make one returned to Satan (1 Tim. 1:19-20).
To walk in Christ is to yield not to the flesh but to the Holy Spirit; for the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. The desires of the flesh consists of immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, and carousing (Gal. 5:16-21). The spirit of the believer was saved by the blood of Christ (John 3:16, 14:6), but his or her body has already been condemned to death since Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:16-17, 3:1-19), it cannot please God (Rom. 7:15-21). He will replace it new in the second coming of Christ (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
To set free is an act of God, but to live free is an act of an individual person. God is faithful (1 John 1:9) but the believers are not. One shall always be willing to sacrifice the body to live in order to please God (Rom. 12:1-2).
Daly (N. Kx. Xeeb Neeb) Hawj
Daly Vang Her (N. Dr. Xeev Neeb) was born in 1960 in Xiengkhouang, Laos, married, and took refuge to the United States in 1976. She has two daughters, two sons, a total of fourteen grandchildren, and one great grandson. Her experience encompasses of administration, social worker, pastor’s wife, and missionary. She earned a BA and MA in Christian Biblical Counseling.