There are 25 verses in the second chapter of Genesis and I have been stuck on one word: free. There’s a truth in that one word I never noticed before.
When God created man, He created him to be loved. He created him to be cared for. He created him to have life abundant. When God told Adam to eat from any tree in the garden – except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil – it wasn’t just permission, it was a blessing. “You are free…”
In the New Testament the word “free” is used to describe the life of people who have accepted the Holy Spirit into their hearts. Here are some other verses about freedom, or being free:
John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Romans 6:18 – You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Freedom in the Bible is associated with knowing God and having life abundant.
I think it’s interesting that this is the only use of the word free in the Old Testament. Because soon after we were given this freedom we turned away from it. We turned away from the life that can only be found in walking with God. We were no longer free to live because we turned our backs on the only source of life. We stayed enslaved to our ways – to our sin – until God came down to Earth to offer us freedom once again.
We were created to be loved. We were created to be cared for. We were created to have life abundant. That never changed. God has always wanted us to have all of that. And He came down from Heaven. He met us where we were and died so that we may live. He took on the debt needed to bring us out of our own enslavement so that we could be set free. That’s the Gospel found in that one word that God spoke in the beginning of life and He brought back the same Gospel to us thousands of years later with that same word.
Freedom. That’s what we are being offered. That’s what God has always wanted for us. And there is only one way for us to experience that freedom: Accepting Jesus as Savior, letting Him set us free. We were always meant to experience God. Let Him break our chains; we never needed them but we’ve always needed Him.
We are truly free when we are alive in Christ.