There is an interesting story in the book of Acts where Paul alludes to the fact that he was born a Roman citizen. Roman citizens had a lot of privileges that were not afforded to just anyone.
Paul was brought before the chief captain and was sentenced to beatings so that they could get to the bottom of what all this commotion about Jesus was.
But before the beatings, Paul spoke up and said, “is it lawful to you to scourge a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?”
At that saying the one holding Paul was scared and told the chief captain. Then the chief captain came to Paul and said, “with a great sum I obtained this freedom” But Paul said the most precious words that apply to God’s people today:
BUT I WAS FREE BORN!!!
Three things we want to point out:
- Paul alluded to his citizenship and added that he was uncondemned
- The chief captain worked hard for his citizenship
- But Paul didn’t work at all to obtain His
First, when anyone tries to place us under condemnation and shoot arrows of our past at us we can allude to our citizenship in Heaven and add: “We are uncondemned”
Second, the chief captain worked hard for his citizenship and obtained it. You can work hard for your citizenship into Heaven all you want….YOU’LL NEVER OBTAIN IT BY WORKS. I have even heard one sister say, “I can do that I want to make it to Heaven.” I have good news sister….YOU ARE ALREADY THERE…IN CHRIST JESUS!
How is this possible?
Remember our last point says that Paul did not work at all to obtain His citizenship. But was born a Roman citizen. Which means that He was born free.
And it’s the same with us Brothers and Sisters, our birth into the Kingdom of God is what makes us free…NOT OUR WORKS. We can’t do anything for God to love us more. And we can’t do anything for God to love us less. Love is His nature!
And He loves us without conditions!
No weapon formed against you shall prosper and any tongue that wags against you, you shall condemn.