It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
The day I truly experienced freedom in Christ was the day that I realized that I wasn’t right about everything. More, I realized I couldn’t be right about everything because that would imply that I know everything. Even more, I realized that I was saved in a state of not being right about everything, I remained saved in a state of not being right about everything, and I will enter eternity not being right about everything.
For some time in my younger years I ministered under the weighty idea that being correct to a set number of Bible doctrines was how God knew He could save me. I blame no one for that because I can’t actually remember anyone specifically saying that to me. But I do remember the kinds of sermons that formulated that teaching in my heart. It didn’t occur to me that my faith family might have missed the mark on some things.
The truth is that even if I were right about every teaching found in the Bible, that fact could not save me.
That is the kind of enslaving dogma that sinks anyone who embraces it. The only true freedom we will ever find is in Christ. So, yes, we need to be right about someONE, not someTHING. New believers only know they need Jesus to save them. They hear the initial words of who Jesus is and what He has done for them. Following the teaching Jesus gives us, they learn of him and become disciples, are baptized, and learn more.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. – Matthew 28:19-20
It is the Christian’s privilege to grow in understanding throughout the rest of life. To be a disciple is to be a student who learns.
My goal in life is to become more enlightened about Jesus.
A few days before I was thirteen years old I was baptized into Christ. I believed. I learned. I obeyed. In my youthful obedience, my sins were washed away as I called upon the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16). If I had perished that day, with all of my misconceptions, misunderstandings, immature comprehensions … I would be in the arms of Jesus.
Christianity has always been plagued by the people who insist you have to know the right answers to all the right questions – or else. Some want you to have the right experience or be filled with a certain feeling – that’s the only assurance!
My goal in life is to become more enlightened about Jesus. I can give you my opinion about a thousand doctrines, but I will not see you in heaven because of my amazing conclusions. Because some of them will likely be wrong, which I will discover as I keep on studying and learning.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
We can study and talk all day, delighting in the Scriptures and learning as we go. Freedom in Christ will only come, though, when we totally trust Him and not ourselves. It really is a journey to get to the place of totally trusting Jesus, and not ourselves, to save us.