Christ has set us free!
Throughout the Bible, liberty implies prior bondage. In Luke 4:18, Jesus quotes from Isaiah 61:1, where it states He is to proclaim “liberty” to the captives and freedom to the prisoners.
The whole human race was in bondage to sin and Satan, and Jesus set us free.
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. —John 8:34-36
- Free from death.
and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:18-23
- Free from the law.
Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? —Galatians 4:21
See also Galatians 5:1 and Romans 6:14.
- Free from superstition.
I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? —1 Corinthians 10:29
See also Galatians 4:8.
- Free from Jewish ceremonies.
But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. —Galatians 2:4
- Free from the power of darkness.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son —Colossians 1:13
More importantly, Jesus has given us freedom from the need to seek salvation through the law/works.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” —Galatians 3:13
See also Galatians 4:5, 5:1.
Our task now is to guard our God-given liberty against those who would tell us that faith in Christ alone would not save us.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. —Galatians 5:1
. . . If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. —John 8:36
Can prayers be retroactive? If we pray for someone who died as a non-Christian, will God apply those prayers to their life before death?
No, you can’t pray someone into heaven who has already died. The Bible explains that there is great danger in procrastinating to trust Jesus for your salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 quotes Isaiah 49:8,
. . . now is “the acceptable time”; behold now is “the day of salvation,”
|and then applies it to the passage of the Age of Grace. Also, the unforgivable sin, which is refusing to trust Jesus during your lifetime, would then become forgivable.||Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. —Matthew 12:32|
Not to mention, a person’s salvation could then be dependent on the prayers of someone else—which would conflict with Ephesians 2:8-9, etc.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. —Ephesians 2:8-9
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