Escaping Religious Bondage

Those who have been born into captivity or have been held as slaves for most of their lives, may not be aware they are in bondage, because it is all they have ever known or remember.  Likewise, one who knows only physical blindness is unable to fully understand what it means to see.

The Jewish people were spiritually bound, blind, and bankrupt.  Early in His ministry, Jesus spoke to some of them who were abiding in their synagogue, as He referenced this prophecy from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).

The key to experiencing spiritual freedom is to first understand you’ve been a slave.  Although the Israelites were delivered by God from the slavery of Egypt, they agreed to a covenant of law, where they would be held in spiritual bondage for centuries.  The purpose of the law wasn’t designed to make them “better” or more acceptable to God.  The Mosaic law was meant to show them their inability to abide by the works of that law.  God wasn’t trying to achieve “better” people, He was looking for perfection, and this would be found only in the Person of Jesus Christ.  This is where He placed us … in Him.

In Galatians chapter 4, Paul explained how the Law and (ten) commandments given on Mount Sinai brought spiritual slavery or bondage to Israel under that first covenant.  The New (or second) covenant that is now in effect has brought freedom, not only to Israel, but also to those of us Gentiles not born of the Jewish race.

Many people sitting inside of Christian churches each week have been under teaching that they have assumed is built entirely upon truth and accuracy.  They are often blinded to anything that may vary or differ from all of the religious talking points they’ve heard over the years that frequently contradict themselves.  This is usually built upon a sandy foundation that mixes and blends the Old and New Covenants together.  Although it’s usually taught that many of the Jewish laws and commands no longer apply, it wrongly assumes there is still an element of law still in place.  Misleading doctrinal assumptions are built upon the premise that everything Jesus spoke was meant for all future believers, when in fact, Jesus said He came only to minister to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Jesus had to help Israel begin to see they were slaves to a system that would never bring them what was required—perfection and righteousness.  Until they understood their position of hopelessness through works, faith would remain out of their reach, because the law is not of faith (Galatians 3:12).  They needed to be redeemed from the curse of the law—abiding by all of it perfectly.

In Christ, we’re no longer called slaves, but are considered friends with God, children who are a part of the family of God’s household, and there is nothing that can separate us from His unconditional love.  The blood of Jesus Christ has torn down the wall that once brought separation, and what was that wall?  The law of commandments (Ephesians 2: 14-16).  Both Jew and Gentile now abide in a new and better covenant, under the ministry of God’s Spirit.  The former ministry of the written code that came through Moses brought death and condemnation, but the Spirit gives life.

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