The Liberty of the Lord
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
II Corinthians 3:17
Of course we must understand this to mean, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is in control, there is liberty.” He indwells every believer, but not every believe has come out into the glorious liberty of the children of God. He is present in the churches, even where two or three gather in Christ’s Name, but often He is hindered. He is often resident where He is not president!
But wherever He is recognized and obeyed there is no longer a spirit of bondage. In church history the great revival periods have been the blessed liberations in which the Spirit has loosed all bonds and the church has recovered her early freedom. In local churches, what glorious liberty follows when the Spirit is Lord! Read How Christ Came to Church and transformed both A. J. Gordon and his Boston pastorate. And the individual Christian “gets loose” only when he is controlled by the Spirit. “Lord” and “liberty” may seem contradictory, but the free man is a controlled man. He has the liberty of the Lord. We have “deliberations” aplenty these days, but what we need is liberation!