Biblical liberty means we are set free from the bondage of the fear of death. In Christ, we view ourselves as dead already, this world holds no attraction. We are crucified to the world and the world to us.
When you examine the contexts of freedom in the Bible, you will see the consistency that we’re talking about freedom from death.
Yes, we have freedom from the Law, but note how Paul explains that:
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.“
The law is what makes sin necessary–the wages of sin is death. Sin is a violation of the law. “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” Our freedom from the law doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want. Freedom from the law means we are free from the penalty of violating the law–death. The law binds, it grants no power to obey, and merely leads to failure and death. The Spirit brings us alive and helps us fulfill the righteousness of the law. Freedom!
Paul goes on in Romans 8 to talk about all of creation groaning because of death and corruption due to humanity’s sin. Paul then says, “the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” The thing we are freed from is corruption, death, falling apart. Freedom has to do with being set free from death.
In Galatians Paul says “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.” The elements of the world are the temporary things that make up our existence. These things are not what is important. Eternal, spiritual things have importance. What good does it do to have a religion with temporal, physical, decaying things? No good at all! We have been set free to worship in Spirit and in truth, not captive to external, religious observances that exist to placate your conscience so you can get back to your sin.
By faith we join with Christ in being crucified, buried, and raised again. Death no more hath dominion over us. We are dead in Christ, dead to sin, and alive unto God.
This is freedom! The world around us is clamoring for their stuff, trying to get it all in, see their 101 places you must see before you die! They are caught up in the rat race keeping themselves alive, bringing themselves into bondage so that they might live a little longer.
There is no freedom there. There is no liberty. There is only fear. Fear that my stuff will run out. Fear that I will die and the fun will die with me. Fear that who knows what might sneak up and get me.
The world lives in fear. They are afraid to die. Christians should be the glaring exception. No, the process of death is no fun, don’t minimize reality. But there is a better life in a better country coming!
This sets us free from all that binds our world. If we can grasp this, we will be free indeed.
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.“