Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
When sin did not enter yet into man, everything was in complete harmony between God and man. Man was given a perfect law to follow which was God's will, and through obedience to this law, he could enjoy a perfect relationship with God. Man was free from sin and could fellowship with God with no need for repentance.
However, when sin entered the world, this flawless relationship was broken and a wide gap between God and man was created, which could only be fixed by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. The breaking of this perfect relationship is due to sin. This is similar to a wall built in the garden of Eden, blocking access to the tree of life and separating God and man. Man was unable to come to God and his relationship with God was broken.
As a result, death entered the world as a consequence of sin, and the only way to break this barrier between God and man was through Jesus Christ, who bridged the gap by dying on the cross to pay the penalty for man’s sin as stated in Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Christ died on the cross to save us from our sin, but He also rose from the dead, proving that He has the power to overcome death. As a result, we no longer have to fear death, because we know Christ has conquered it.
Freed by Him from death, we can now begin our lives in faith, trusting that He will keep His promises and provide us with eternal life. We can live our lives with hope, knowing that death has been conquered and that our faith in Christ will be rewarded. This hope gives us the courage to live our lives in faith, to stand up for our beliefs, and to persevere in the face of adversity. We can trust that our lives are in God's hands, and that death is not the end.
We can have hope for the future, knowing that Christ has overcome death and provided us with eternal life. This hope helps us face our fears and doubts and trust in the Lord's plan for us. It reminds us that no matter what we face, we can have faith that God will bring us through it. It is this hope that gives us the strength to keep going, no matter what the circumstances seem like. This hope allows us to find joy in the present, and live our lives to the fullest. It provides comfort and peace in times of sorrow and grief. Ultimately, this hope gives us the courage to keep trusting in God's plan, no matter how difficult it may seem.
Freed by Him from the slavery of sin, we are called to live renewed life in Him and to share in His mission of love and salvation. Our hope is the assurance that He will never abandon us and bring us to His eternal glory. With His grace, we can rise above our own limitations and strive for holiness.
Through Him, we can experience true joy and peace. We can be brave in the face of hardship and confident in the face of uncertainty. Be not entangled again with the yoke of the bondage of sin. Knowing that our hope comes from God, we can be freed from the burdens of life, living with joy and confidence as we trust in Him. With hope as our anchor, we can be sure that no matter what storm we face, we can remain firm in our faith and be comforted by His promises.
Imprisoned by sin, freed by Him, it's like being in a dark night of the soul until the morning light of hope finally arrives. We must be vigilant and courageous when the darkness of doubt and despair comes upon us. But if we keep our hearts and minds open to the Lord's promises, we will be filled with joy and peace. We will be free from the bondage of sin and be blessed with true hope.
To God be the glory, honor, and praise!