Subtopic: “ Striving To Stay Free”

Sermon Notes By Pastor Arthur H. Coleman Sr. For Sunday July 1, 2014

Text: St John 8:31-32;36 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; (vs32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (vs36) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”


The Pulpit Commentary,Vol.17, Pages 392-393, a comment on St. John 8:32 “ SPIRITUAL FREEDOM is (1)Freedom from sin. From its bondage, its control, its consequences, its guilt, and from sin itself. In the true disciple sin will ultimately be destroyed, not a vestige of it will be left behind. (2) Freedom from the Law. From its curse, penalties, terrors, its heavy and unbearable burdens. The known truth , or Christ, becomes the law of the disciples life, written on his heart. Its letter becomes dead, while its spirit is preserved. (3) Freedom from the evil rule of the flesh. From the lower passions and appetites, from the captivity of self-seeking. The soul is brought out from itself into Christ, to breathe the natural and pure air of spiritual life, love, holiness, self-sacrifice, and willingness. (4) This freedom is effected by the truth.         ( The manifestation of God’s Word In Christ Jesus) St. John 14:6; St. John 1:14 (a) The truth is the efficient means of spiritual freedom. It is based on and produced by the great facts of redemption. (b) The truth is the efficient incentive to spiritual freedom. The revelation of sin, in its enormity , debasing effects, and ultimate consequences, and revelation of God’s loving, costly, and self-sacrificing provisions for sinners, are calculated to inspire the captive soul to struggle for and accept the offered liberty. (c) The truth experimentally known brings the fact of spiritual freedom to the consciousness. No sooner the facts of redemption, such as justification, forgiveness, and reconciliation by faith, are experimentally known than the soul begins to realize in itself the blessings of spiritual freedom. Christ lives in the disciple’s consciousness, and he feels that he is the subject of the spiritual empire and a free-born citizen of the new Jerusalem.”


Liberty is defined as freedom. Freedom is defined as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. (2) Liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another. (3) Unrestricted use.

Bondage is defined as “ (1) lack of freedom, slavery or servitude. (2) the condition of being under some power or influence.”


1.CONCERNING THE BONDAGE THAT SPIRITUAL LIBERTY SETS US FREE FROMProverbs 5:22 “His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.” Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 7:23 “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

2.    STAY FREE SO THAT YOU CAN REMAIN IN THE VERY PRESENCE OF THE LORD  WHICH ASSURES US SPIRITUAL LIBERTY2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.”                                            

3. STAY FREE SO THAT  YOU CAN REMAIN IN CHRIST AND CONTINUE TO BE LED OF HIS SPIRIT    Romans 8:1-2 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (vs2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”   

4.  STAYING FREE OF THE WORLD’S YOKE OF BONDAGE GIVES  CONFIDENCE THAT INSURES US THAT WE DO NOT NEED TO FEAR IN ANY OF LIFE’S CIRCUMSTANCES –Hebrews 13:5-6 (latter clause verse 5) “For he hath said,(Psa.118:6) I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (vs6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

5.STAYING FREE OF THE WORLD’S YOKE OF BONDAGE ASSURES US THAT WE CAN COME FREELY TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE LORD’S CALL : ( Concerning A Satisfying Portion)         Isaiah 55:1 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”  (Concerning Personal CleansingIsaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”     

(Concerning The Spirit Of GodSt. John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. (vs38) He that believeth on me as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (vs39) (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”                                                                                                                                                              

(Concerning Rest For The Soul) St. Matthew 11:28-30  “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.(vs29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.(vs30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”         

6. STAYING FREE OF THE WORLD’S YOKE OF BONDAGE GIVES US LIBERTY IN THE  SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE OF GOD-1 Corinthians 2:9-12 “But as it is written,(Isa.64:4) Eye hath not seen, nor bear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (vs10) But god hath revealed them to us by his Spirit: For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (vs11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (vs12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”

7. STAYING FREE OF THE WORLD’S YOKE OF BONDAGE GIVES US THAT LIBERTY TO BECOME FULLY AND COMPLETELY THE SONS OF GOD-1 John 3:1-3 “  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (vs2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (vs3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”