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Bondage Brings Freedom

September 20, 2017

Bondage Brings Freedom

Ezra 9:8-9 (KJB)   And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.  9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

This scripture verse can be applied to God’s Avenue of Grace which provides the only possible escape from spending an eternity in Hell.  This avenue offers a blood paved passage fueled by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary.  Sadly, though, not many men will find their way upon Grace Avenue because it requires a personal cost for every person who chooses to travel upon it.

Many will find the personal cost too high a toll, therefore, precluding travel to eternity upon God’s paved pathway.

The ancient framework of this scripture verse was concerning a remnant who were held in bondage and were divinely freed by God and able to return to Jerusalem from their captivity.  God was gracious to spare their life and reconcile them back to their native land.

However, these freed men, who should have been so gracious and desire with their heart to serve God who had divinely released them from their bondage, were instead spiritually insolent.  They chose to be ignorant and oblivious of their own benefits from the unmerited goodness and grace of God who handed them sweet liberty from their captors.

Imprisonment of a man comes in many spiritual and physical “flavors” and can be “self-inflicted,” but never “self-treated,” for eternal consolation only comes through a personal relationship with God.  Both spiritual and physical captivity occurred in ancient times and still happens today.

A man does not often rightly appreciate the unmerited liberty and eternal reconciliation he can graciously receive from God.  This eternal freedom often comes through longsuffering and bondage.  However, a man pays an even higher eternal cost for making a personal choice to continue living in sin (Romans 6:23), rather than freedom in God.

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