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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Abolishing All Slavery

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
JOHN 8:32
19th October
Justin Wroe
The union of faith and freedom is the essential genius of Protestantism.
On February 27, 1991, President George Bush announced to the world that Kuwait had been liberated by Allied forces. After seven months of oppression under cruel Iraqi dictatorship, the people of Kuwait were delivered from bondage or exile. Television pictures captured many of the images of that joyous event of liberation for the Kuwaiti people.

Tragically, multitudes in the free world who enjoy unrestricted freedoms of the press, of free association, and of democratic government are in spiritual captivity. That is the worst form of captivity of all. The freedom offered by the Lord in our text deals with this dreadful bondage. It is not political or military, but spiritual liberty Christ promises.

To some, sin may appear to be an abstract evil. It is not. It is a very real evil. Its tentacles wrap around the lives of multitudes. Drink, gambling, passions for worldly pleasures, and illicit connections are all so many tyrants holding men captive. Bitter indeed is the condition of such prisoners.

Rejoice, however, because Christ is the liberator of His people. He came into the world to preach deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18). He totally frees His people from the guilt and consequences of sin by His blood. He frees them from an accusing conscience. He liberates them from the thraldom of lust and from the dominion of the devil.

This is the message of the gospel of saving grace. How blessed is this truth when it shines into darkened and imprisoned souls and leads them into victorious fellowship with God! This freedom comes through Christ indwelling you by His Spirit. Without this emancipation, all other freedoms are ultimately worthless, for they will soon give place to the everlasting imprisonment of hell. But if Christ has saved you from sin, your future is one of eternal liberty and blessedness. 'If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed' (John 8:36).