Free from spiritual bondage

Luke 4:18

Jesus went to Nazareth to preach the gospel to the poor. The class of people Jesus gathers around him are not the ones the world would prefer. The poor, the broken-heart, the captives, the blind, the bruised and the imprisoned “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:” (Lk. 14: 13.)

Notices what care Jesus would give to those people who would follow him. He gives the gospel, not wealth to the poor, healing, not freedom from trials, to the broken-heart, freedom from sin, the recovering of sight to the blind, liberty to the bruised in spirit, and acceptance and joy to the imprisoned ones “Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Mt. 11: 5)

It is spiritual comfort over all earthly treasures which he would give to all men. The world’s wisdom is unable to bring about spiritual freedom, it can only come from the Lord Jesus. Is there a bondage worse than any sickness are blindness? Yes, there is, sin “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (Jh. 8: 36)

The bondage of sin is a great power. Sin is at first a transgression, it soon become a dictatorship. It grows into a power. It become a power which hold the soul in its grip, so that it is practically enslaved “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6: 12.)

The soul attempts to rise, to move, to do that which befits it and for which it was created, but it finds that it cannot, it is held down, its way is bolted “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Ro. 8: 7.)

This is true of sin in all its forms, and it is true in a number of degrees, varying from an undesirable constraint down to an all most hopeless absolutism.

This applies to. Error, which becomes a deep rooted preconceived thought which no light will break. Folly, such as procrastination, which in a length of time weaves itself round the soul “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” (Heb. 3: 15.)

Vice, such as profanity and impurity that is undisciplined. They hold him fast in the saddest and most degrading bondage in which a human being can be held. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Ro. 12: 1.)

Vanity, How many a men is a wretched slave to the judgment of other men? The fear of their condemnation, or still often of their ridicule, impels him in a direction in which he knows he ought not be going, ties him in a position from which he is longing to break away “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt. 26: 41.)

Rebellion against God, disloyalty, estrangement, the withholding of the heart and life from God’s service, so long maintained, that, when the soul thinks of repentance and return, it finds itself held to wrong and a sinful state. (Prov. 13: 15) tells, “but the way of transgressors is hard.”

There is a freedom which can only be found in Jesus.

The gospel announces “deliverance to the captives” And how does it effect this emancipation? By giving to the sinner a deep sense of his sin, and filling his soul with the shame of himself and disgust of his iniquity. It was Peter who said to the Lord, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Lk. 5: 8.)

When men have come to hate sin they are well on the road toward its conquering. By taking back the penitent to the favor and love of God.

Through Christ sin is pardoned and the sinner is restored. As one that loves God, and seeks above all things to enjoy his favor, the man cannot sin, he has acquired a reason and motive for purity and integrity which given him the victory over sin. “For the love of Christ constraineth us,“ (II. Cor. 5: 14)

How can he grieve his heavenly Father, his Divine Redeemer, the holy Spirit of God?

By giving nan access to a source of Divine power. God is ready to dwell graciously within, and to work mighty upon the soul that seek his present and asks of him his power. We can “do all things through Christ who strengtheneth us.” (Phil. 4: 13.)

He makes us to know “the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe,” (Eph. 1: 19) in snapping the bonds of that which enslaves us and investing us with “the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Rom. 8: 21.)

In closing may I say, “If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free in deed.” (Jh. 8: 36.)

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