The Lord is the Spirit

A purple sky over the sea at low tide. The words from 2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
by Beeda Speis for Peace in the Stillness blog
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV

What does having this type of freedom mean? It means that all we had to do was accept the free gift of salvation from our heavenly Father. We accepted it with our hearts and professed with our mouths that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9), and now we’re free.

We are free from having to earn our salvation, from following impossible laws, and check-marking things off of an imaginary to-do list. Other religions require those things, but we’re free from such meaningless tasks with the one true God.

John MacArthur wrote: “The believer is no longer in bondage to the law’s condemnation and Satan’s dominion.”

Think of all of the souls deceived by Satan during the time before Jesus. I imagine him leading people astray with words like, “Surely you don’t have to adhere to all of the laws.” Such temptations would be easy since the laws were made to show Israel that they couldn’t live perfect, sinless lives and that they needed a Savior.


Father, thank You for sending Your Son to save us from the slavery of sin and the shackles of the law. Thank You, Jesus, for taking on the wrath of God for our sins so that we may have God’s love and mercy even though we are sinners. Lord, Your love knows no bounds, and we are truly thankful. May non-believers come to know You and the freedom You offer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.