Liberty and freedom are two words which we throw about quite readily. This is particularly concerning when we hear preachers speaking of liberty and promising liberty by obeying the law.
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” (2 Peter 2:19).
The letter of the law kills. “6 Who also has made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, (2 Corinthians 3:6-7).
It’s clear that the “law” means the letter of the Ten Commandments which is the only law written on stones. There is no liberty in the law. The letter (law) kills and the Spirit gives life. They are mutually exclusive and can’t be combined.
Therefore, one who promises liberty through obedience to the law is making false promises like clouds which do not rain. Liberty is found only in the giver of life—Jesus.