Unpunished. It’s not a difficult concept to understand. In a world that embraces freedom, or at least it’s own view of freedom, punishment is becoming somewhat foreign.
But I do notice a worry in others, and even myself at times, that accepting the freedom Christ offers could be a punishment in and of itself.
That freedom in this way, the way that came at a cost and is not necessarily rule free…that this kind of freedom is no freedom indeed.
Egos driven to and by our own idols of sin cause Christ’s freedom to appear constraining. We want to love Jesus, but continue in sin. To live how we want and how we feel, not according to Biblical truth and principles.
And although our deeds of sin will go unpunished under the freedom and sacrifice of the cross, deeds often do not go without consequence. The freedom of Christ guarantees our spot in heaven but it does not mean we will or shall go without discipline on earth.
Unpunishment is a great freedom. A great reward Christ offers by simple belief and acceptance as payment for our transgressions. Yet the freedom of this message we still struggle to embrace.
It’s not a fundamental principle we easily understand. It goes against things we know, and twists obedience in such a way that it becomes desirable for knowing rather than forced towards accomplishing.
Christ gives us hope enough that we are able to move forward in His footsteps despite our stumbles, never equaling him but allowing Him to know us through both success and failure. Unpunished and thankful. Obedient in the heart and mind, yet still failing at times in the action. That is what moves us forward past the obstacles to knowing the Creator King. Knowing Him by first allowing Him to know us.