OPEN PRISON DOORS

Is 61:1 – The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God to bring liberty to every area of our lives. This scripture applies the picture of being held captive in a prison to all those who are outside of Christ. It is in the gospel that prison doors are opened and we are free to march through into our brand new world. Our bondage seems to come in two basic ways. The first (and most obvious) one is being enslaved to sin. Each one of us were born with this inner nature of sinfulness. It is our common heritage being born as part of a fallen race. Our natures are engrossed with sin, sin is what we are so sin is what we do. The first open door we ever encounter in life is the one where the prison doors of slavery to sinfulness swing open as we hear and embrace the gospel. The gospel is the power of God and sets the captives free.

The second and more subtle bondage is the enslavement to some system of works. For the jewish race it was the law of Moses. Every religion or self help program has invented another form of or a type of the law. Though the principles may be good they contain no power to change our lives. The open door into freedom is found only in the gospel.

Most humans are bound in some degree to both of these types of slavery. Sadly, many Christians, after finding freedom from the prison of sin, embrace another system of works that brings them another kind of bondage. Still other Christians, after apparently being forgiven from their past indiscretions, return to sinful behavior because of a misunderstanding of grace. Whether it is enslavement to sin or some system of works freedom is nowhere in sight and as a result, locked up in a cell is where you stay.

There still remains an open door in front of all of us. The open door is forgiveness and deliverance from sin by the power of the gospel. The gospel is our open door into a whole new life. Staying in that place of freedom is possible by the power of the Spirit. Walk in the Spirit and you will stay free, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.

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