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The Right to Freedom
ONLY Curtailed by Caring – Limited by Love ALONE
has NO rules!
It is common
in most constitutionally democratic states today, especially those which incorporate a Human Rights charter, that various freedoms are enshrined, or at least respected, such as 'Freedom of Movement', 'Freedom of Association', Freedom of Expression', etc., and this is to be cherished and protected, for it is derived ultimately from respect for the value of a human being.
But in
the ancient world of Christ's time, few societies were as socially regulated as the Jewish, with their strict Pharisaic version of the Sinaitic Code as laid out by their senior supervisory body – the Sanhedrin. This makes it all the more significant that, when the Lord Jesus was approached by a member of that Sanhedrin (by night to protect his reputation), the Lord, using terminology of which Nicodemus would have been personally familiar in his officiating at Gentile-conversion initiation ('new-born' by Jewish baptism), states that when a person is "born of the Spirit" that person is as free as the wind from all external forms of restrictive regulation.
Jesus said –
"The wind blows where it wishes,
and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit
Within its own historical context, this statement of Jesus was extremely radical!
John 3:8

But Nicodemus was confused by the need to begin-again, to be born-again; for surely being Jewish of Abraham, and with their unique national Covenant of Sinai, this was enough to guarantee entrance into God's coming messianic kingdom!
patiently amplifies the concept of 'born-again', of new-beginning, to help Nicodemus understand, and then needed to reproach His lack of comprehension because the arrogant dogmatism of his mind-set was blocking his understanding.
"Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?"
John 3:10.
Legalism is a lie!
This sad lack of understanding tends to frequently reappear in our own religious contexts today – such as when a Christian life-style is presented as being God's 'LAW' – to be obeyed, rather than as the Lord Jesus understood it!
This is particularly so in the field of social morality.
was pointing out to Nicodemus that the direct rule of God (His kingdom) requires a personal internal alignment of the individual with the intrinsic nature of God's direct rule – a shared attitude of values.
In other words, God's rule is not like the rule of mankind where the authority of an empire such as Rome is imposed upon the people by force, or the regulation of Jewish society by the Sanhedrin is imposed by social penalties and synagogue censure
for the nature of God's rule lies essentially in the moral character of God Himself – LOVE,
not in any sentimental sense, but rather in total focus on the welfare of all that He has made.
in God's rule!
To help remove the idea of feelings and sentiment generally attached to this word 'love', it is to be understood in the mind of Christ as in the sense of His words "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you..."
Luke 6:27.
In this
sense then, there can be no external restriction upon the life and behaviour of any citizen of God's kingdom other than the intrinsic nature of God's own character –

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."
"God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
"There is no fear in love, but perfect/complete love casts out fear.
For fear has to do with punishment/penalties, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
"By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment,
 because – as He is – so also are we – in this world.
because – as He is – so also are we – in this world
because – as He is – so also are we – in this world
1 John 4:7;
Romans 5:5;
1 John 4:18;
1 John 4:17.

God's rulership/reign
is not based on
of any kind!
Satan knows this, for
it gives him the right
to bring accusations
before the Throne
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