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Sun, Jan 14, 2018

The Origin Of Bondage & The Need For Freedom

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BLESSED is the word "free," and blessed is he who spends himself to make men so. Political slavery is an intolerable evil. To live, to think, to act, to speak, at the permission of another! But, brethren, men may have political liberty to the very fullest extent, and yet be slaves, for there is such a thing as religious bondage. He who cringes before a priest-he who dreads his anathema, or who creeps at his feet to receive his blessing, is an abject slave. He may call himself a freeman, but his soul is in bondage vile, if superstition makes him wear the chain. Jesus the Son alone can make men truly free. But a man may be delivered from the bond of superstition and still be a slave, for he may still be controlled by the devil or by his own lusts, which is much the same.

To those who feel to-day their slavery, we want to make the point that liberty is possible. The word "if" implies it. The Son of God can make the prisoner free. "He is able also to save them to the uttermost, who come unto God by him." Perhaps that which weighs upon you most heavily is a sense of your past guilt. You may have offended God and are wondering, “Is there a possibility that I can escape from guilt? Sinner, there is. "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

"But can I be freed from the punishment of sin?" says another. Sinner, you shall not be cast into hell if your trust is placed in the blood that was shed upon Calvary. Someone else may say, "But if I was saved from past sin, and from all the punishment of it, what happens if I should submit to the power of sin again? Can I be saved from all these evil propensities, and all this inbred corruption?"  My dear friend, there is a hope for you if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that same blood by which sin is pardoned enables man to overcome sin.

Another may exclaim, "I am in bondage through fear of death. I am enjoying no assurance of acceptance in Christ, I am afraid to die and it is a dread thought to me that I must stand before my God and pass the solemn test. Ah, but my dear friend, if the Son make you free, he will deliver you from the fear of death. We cannot bring out the full value of this liberty by merely speaking of the evils which we are delivered from; you know, brethren, freedom consists not only in a negative but in a positive-we are not only free from, but we are free to. In the sense of privilege-you shall be free to call yourself God's child, you shall be free to say, "Abba, Father," without rebuke. You shall be free to claim the protection of the Father's house, and the provision of his bounty.

You shall be free to come to his knees with all your trials and tell him all your griefs; you shall be free to plead his promises and to receive the fulfillment of them too. You shall be free to sit at his table, not as a servant is permitted sometimes to sit down when the feast is over to eat the left-overs, but you shall sit there as a well-beloved son, to eat the fatted calf while your Father with you, eats, drinks, and is merry. Oh! how good it is to think that there is a possibility of freedom to such privileges as these, and a possibility of it to the vilest of the vile; for some who were grossly guilty, some who had far gone astray have nevertheless enjoyed the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of peace.

 

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