What is the liberty of a citizen by human standards? Is he a human first or a nation first to which he owes his liberty and volition? He is in terms of biology composed of trillions of cells all with their specialized function. There also one finds some hundred types of cells, none of which can be called as independent. An individual in terms of the image of God bears comparison: trinity corresponds to his body spirit and soul.
An individual cannot be divided further since his spirit has no lease of life apart from his totality, soul and body of experience. Neither has soul apart from spirit enriching the thinking ‘clayey’ so one may look the ground from which he is fashioned or look upwards to seek stars instead. Whereas nations have always changed hands and their borders have rolled out or rolled back. Recently SCOTUS determined large parts of Oklahoma still belonged to Native American rights and it simply states possession of lands is a matter of temporary arrangement. It is for this reason the Lord God forbade Israel from selling because it belonged to God. An individual bearing the image of God for want of a better legal basis owe his allegiance to God.
Even if one were to place his place in the sun in a secular context gives him liberty to choose what he will. The Holy Spirit has set down what it is to be free. ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(John 8:32)” In the vv.38 Jesus sets an example. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” It is what truth in inwards point to and word is not elsewhere but its starting point is from within.”It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?….But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it(De.30:12-14)”.He came not to do his will but that of his Father. It is true in our case as well. An individual who is truly free shall let his neighbor enjoy same liberty. Thereby he has enlarged himself as well as another by common fount of experience. Where from this tribal mentality come but our own fears playing up to us in spectres that we never thought of. Locals fear migrants taking away their jobs and states fearing the intrusion of Federal intrusions are truly the mentality of slaves. They are prey to their own prejudices and we see nations grinding down to insignificance and no amount of culture wars are going to save them. Jesus Christ came to create a level playing field as God the Father and God the Son enshrine in their fellowship. So glory of God to show each other to advantage.
Thus the Wisdom of the Word becoming flesh is matched by the Power of resurrection.
We have been foreknown and every believer is represented in the fellowship so Jesus Christ is the firstborn from all creation. “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day(v.39)”. Fellowship of God with Man (in capitals) is Christ the Head and church as the body. He died and rose on the third day and it is the way opened up by him. His promises we see in the last part,’and I will raise him up at the last day(v..40).’ Because Jesus obeyed his Father completely his Wisdom became the bread from heaven so we have no hunger for anything of this world but to attain the same resurrection that took him to his Father’s throne. This power of resurrection shall work in us too. This is true liberty.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.