God doesn’t lie. This is not a restraint, but the perfect freedom of the Almighty, transcendent God.
God is not unfaithful to His promises- He keeps them because He is free. He is not tempted by unbelief or faithless tendencies in His thoughts for He is perfect. His motivation is free to think and act in all righteousness.
Righteousness, joy, peace, love, are the state of perfect freedom. A sinful state is slavery- slavery to sin and a binding of the soul in chains forever. Chained people cannot help but choose selfish ends and are not free to be holy. Holiness is a gift from God, who alone can wash the stained heart clean and set the prisoner free from the bonds of sin.
God is defined by His perfect law that law of liberty. Those who keep His commands walk the paths of peace and end in eternal life. God gives that desire and the power to do this.
When we come to God for a new life, we are set free from the law of sin and death and we get the freedom in Christ. Christ sets us free because He paid for the debts of sinners who come to Him in faith. This is perfect freedom, though in our warped mindset, we don’t think so. We think keeping righteous ways are a burden and a limitation. This is because we are children of the darkness of slavery.
“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense..” William Cowper
We judge our God, because we are wired into a sinful matrix and cannot break out without a divine intervention. We judge the Lord our God by worldly standards, and therefore prove our illegitimacy to holiness. We cannot help it. To break free is a lifetime of walking with God and realising increasingly, His perfections and our own imperfections. It is the entering in, as we cross the line into eternity and gain possession of our eternal inheritance.
God is wholly free. He is perfect in holiness and all His ways past understanding. Let us rejoice and worship the Lord with true hearts of faith and a burning desire for holiness.
“Without holiness, no one will see the Lord..” Hebrews 12:13
There is a long way to go for every Christian. Our failures may pursue us, but we are not alone.
“…you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24
We are not alone but have a powerful position, through faith in Christ.
May this world fade and our selfish mindset diminish and Christ become all things to us and we will be made perfect in His righteousness.