I want to ask you a very simple but important question: Have you been set free? At first the answer might very easily be yes, but in reality many of us are living in some form of fanciful, make-believe world. We have been set free; we have been washed; we have been redeemed and made holy; we are pure, clean, washed and living for God in some sort of otherworldliness that is somewhere in the shadow lands behind our understanding.
In reality, in our day-in and day-out, nitty-gritty existence where heaven meets Earth, so to speak, we begin to have a different feeling about our life. Have I really been set free? Many of us are pleading with God and daily beseeching Him, “Lord, please liberate me! Set me free from bondage, set me free from the power of sin, set me free from these habitual patterns and addictions.” We are constantly asking God to deliver us.
The truth is, if you have already met Jesus Christ, if you have been washed by the blood of the Lamb and cleansed by His precious blood, you have been made free in Him. You are victorious and a new creation in Christ Jesus!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, ESV).
You do not have to come to the altar and beg and plead and wallow in despair and guilt and cry, “Oh, God, set me free! God, please change me!” No, because He has already changed you. He has already made you new. He has already convicted you of unrighteousness and planted His righteousness inside of you. As a believer in Jesus Christ, you cannot compel Him to make you righteous but if you have met Him, He has already made you righteous and and complete. Hallelujah! That is good news!