If the Son sets you free you will be truly free. We talk a lot about freedom, but what is freedom? We learn we are free from the law, that we are free to be ourselves etc. However, is there a deeper level of freedom? Is there a level of freedom where any outer circumstance is nothing but an adventure? Has God provided us with a freedom that never steals our peace no matter what we encounter?
First of all, we are persons. To be a person means choosing between alternatives. Second, we are inner people. Everything is inner consciousness. In practical terms our freedom boils down to a choice between how we view a thing. We are governed by our inner seeing. Norman Grubb wrote: “You live and are controlled by the way you see things, not by the things as they are on the outside, but how you see them.”
If we are to be truly free people we have to learn to see beyond appearances or whatever we face and see God working forth His eternal purposes in and through that situation. This is one of the Spirit’s magnificent outworkings in us and we only arrive at this spot through trials and adversities. Freedom is to see through to God in every tough spot and see His perfection in action. We are not flesh people. We are spirit people and Satan has noting in us even though he makes hell on the outside.
Paul triumphantly wrote that death has been swallowed up by life. It is by facing opposites we become conscious persons. We know light because of darkness. We know what sweet is because we have tasted bitter, and by adding sugar sweetness swallows up bitterness. Light swallows up darkness. The one cannot exist without the other. By the same token faith cannot exist or make sense without appearances. As spirit people we are equipped to let faith swallow up appearances.
Daily we are confronted by small or big matters that threaten to overcome us depending on how we take them. The tremendous fact is that we as liberated persons in Christ can choose to let those appearances be swallowed up by faith and stand unwavering in freedom to be ourselves in the midst of storms. Jesus slept through storms since he knew he lived by inner consciousness and thus saw through to God in all things.
Paul also knew the secret to a life in complete freedom. It was he who wrote: “Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession (2 Cor 2:14). We are always on the winning team no matter what comes against us. God is always working everything towards good. Do we see it? “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 15:57).
(Futher reading: Norman Grubb: The Meaning of Life, from page 61.)