- It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. - Galatians 5:1
There are two significant problems with this opinion. First, from what did Christ free believers? As stated previously, believers are free from the Law of Sin and Death, not the Law of God. As well, it has been established that God’s Law is not bondage. In the context of Galatians 5:1, Jesus did not set believers free from the Law of God, but rather the curse of the Law.
- Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree— - Galatians 3:13
The curse of the Law of God is death. Christ redeemed us from the curse of God’s Law, by paying the penalty for sin.
- He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. - Romans 4:25
If someone pays someone else’s speeding ticket, does that abolish the speeding laws? No, it does not abolish the law. In the same manner, Jesus through the Holy Spirit liberated the believer from the yoke of bondage, the corruption of sin and death.
- Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 Corinthians 3:17
- that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. - Romans 8:21
Believers are now free to live according to the Perfect Law of Liberty (cf. James 1:25) which enables one to walk in freedom.
- And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts. - Psalm 119:45