A slave is a person who is held in a permanent position of servitude to another; a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them. Imagine being the legal property of another human being? The idea brings up a tremendous sense of outrage in those of us who have been blessed to live in a nation renowned for freedom, as well as a sense of regret, shame and deep sorrow over our nation’s past history.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been set free from all types and forms of bondage or slavery. Hallelujah!
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (Joh 8:32) Jesus is the Truth who sets us free. Jesus tells us that He IS the Truth in John 14:6.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed . . . (Lk 4:18, emphasis added) Jesus read these words in the temple in Nazareth. In Luke 4:21, Jesus went on to say: And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Jesus clearly states that HE is the fulfillment of this passage originally found in Isaiah 61. Jesus sets at liberty ALL who are oppressed.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (Joh 8:36) This Scripture could easily read: “Therefore SINCE the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.”
Think about this: Jesus has set us free from all bondage, both external and internal.
In Jesus we have been set free from:
- Fear – Fear involves torment. The perfect love that Jesus bestows upon us casts out fear. (1 Joh 4:18) Our Savior and King does not use fear as a tool–ever.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Rom 8:15) Please see also 2 Timothy 1:7.
- Sin – We have been set free from sin. (Rom 6:18) We are not under the rule of law but we are under the rule of GRACE. (Rom 6:14) There is only one thing it is permissible for us to serve, and that is righteousness. “Sin is a power within that is trying to draw you away to worship idols, to compromise, to go and make yourself God rather than submitting to the living God.” ~ Andrew Wilson
- Death – In Christ, we have received eternal LIFE. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (Joh 3:16)
In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death. (Pro 12:28)
Rejoice in and appreciate the liberty that our Savior has given to each of us.