Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Sometimes the most fun rounds are the ones with no score being kept. We are more free and unconcerned over competitive motivations. Mulligans are hit, there are no honors on the tee and a “hit when ready” attitude speeds up the pace and creates a more relaxed atmosphere.

By not living under the law, we can live without a great burden. The spirit of Christ creates a freedom and liberty in the life of the believer. The Holy Spirit preaches a healing for the broken, but most importantly a freedom from the burden of sin. Sin and the bondage thereof enslaves the lost.

This new found freedom is immediate. When a sinner asks Jesus into his or life, the blood is applied to the heart and the sins are forgiven. There is no probationary or try out period.

The liberation is also without contingency. There is nothing we have to do or even nothing we can do to keep our salvation within our own strength. God made the law and there were seriously consequences to breaking such law. Living under the curse of the law was morally unavoidable. If our righteous God created the law, He must equally despise the sins committed therefrom our disobedience. Even though, the law was fulfilled through Christ, our God still hates sin.

The bondages of sin are great and so are the consequences. The God who utterly hated sins against the law is still equally angered by our sins against today during the grace disposition. Thankfully, the sin debt was forever repaid by God’s only son. As the song reminds, we are “Redeemed! Redeemed! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!” God still hates the sins of the saved. We don’t have a rule or law to refer to regarding our indiscretion. We have the Holy Spirit who indwells within us to guide and direct our paths. Thus, we are privileged to have even greater guidance than those who lived during the life of Jesus.

Not having to play by a rigorous set of rules is liberating. Paul in Galatians 5:1 preached for the believer to “stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” He warns us not to get entangled with the snares and desires of the world again. We today are burdened by the law and can’t return to such enslavement. However, our unredeemed flesh can still succumb to the slavery of the world and the devices found therein. We who have been redeemed are fully and eternally redeemed by and through salvation. Our sins are forgiven and will not dictate our eternal destination. However, our flesh which has not been redeemed can and will still suffer chastisements from sin. The saved soul should forever be thankful for its redemption through God’s son. It was only by His crucifixion on Calvary and His resurrection which could perfect a means of a sinful soul’s salvation. There is no true freedom, but by the mercy and grace bestowed by our God.

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