Bib­li­cal View of Free­dom

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The Apos­tle Paul de­scribes Bib­li­cal free­dom as “free­dom from bondage from sin, death” (Rom. 6:18-23); from the “power of dark­ness” (Col. 1:13); from “poly­the­is­tic su­per­sti­tion” (I Cor. 10:29; Gal. 4:8); from “the law as a sys­tem of sal­va­tion” (Gal. 4:21 ff.; 5:1; Rom. 7:6) and from “the bur­den of Jewish cer­e­mo­ni­al­ism” (Gal. 2:4).7

Paul said that bondage is uni­ver­sal, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory to God” (Rom. 3:23). But “Christ has set free from hu­man bondage.”8 The Chris­tian who has his po­lit­i­cal and so­cial free­dom is en­slaved to Christ and the Chris­tian slave is free in Christ. In Ro­mans 6:18, the Chris­tian is de­clared “freed from the slav­ery of sin by Christ’s death.”9

For ex­am­ple, in the sec­ond com­ing of Christ, the Chris­tians will be given a glo­ri­ous free­dom from the ef­fects of sin (Rom. 8:21). The New Heaven and New Earth is a fi­nal re­demp­tion from the dom­i­na­tion of sin, man’s ul­ti­mate des­tiny.

As well as, Je­sus speaks of the “re­gen­er­a­tion” of the world (Matt. 19:28), and Peter states the “restora­tion of all things” (Acts 3:21). Also, Paul stated that the uni­verse will be re­deemed by God from its cur­rent state of bondage (Acts 3:21).10

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