July 4th holds special significance to our nation. It marks the date, in 1776, in which the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our independence from England and our determination to be a free and sovereign nation. Accordingly, we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day.
The United States has stood as a symbol of freedom to oppressed peoples around the globe for 247 years. We have repeatedly defended our freedom and independence (and that of other nations) from oppressors.
Unfortunately, many of our citizens take our freedom for granted, not realizing what a precious blessing it is. We should remember that our nation was not always free, that winning and maintaining our independence has cost many lives, and that our continued freedom is NOT guaranteed.
There is a more important Independence Day, however, than July 4th. When a person learns about Jesus Christ, believes and obeys His commands to repent, confess and be baptized, he becomes free from the guilt and condemnation of his sin (Rom. 8:1-2).
Such a person “is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17), a Christian. He is “delivered…from the power of darkness and conveyed…into the kingdom of the Son” (Col. 1:13).
However, a person who still lives in sin is actually a slave of the devil (Rom. 6:16). But when such a person by faith is baptized into Christ, he is set free from the slavery of sin (Rom 6:6-7). And as long as he remains faithful to the Lord, he has assurance of eternal life in heaven (Rom. 6:22; Rev. 2:10).
The ULTIMATE INDEPENDENCE DAY occurs when a person trusts and obeys Jesus Christ. On that day he is set free from the tyrannical rule of the devil. That is true freedom! Have you experienced the Ultimate Independence Day?
"…if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
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