"Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."-Psalm 97:11
As we continue to look at the precepts of salvation, we come to some challenging passages. Holiness teaching teaches responsibility of the sinner as a basic principle of free will, so what of the verses which imply captivity to Satan?
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."-Luke 4:18-19
Here we considered the fallen nature of the earth itself. As Adam in the garden had casual work to do to steward the garden, after the fall he had to do so by the sweat of his brow and while avoiding thorns and thistles. The devil often uses the basic struggles of life to ensnare us. He doesn't open his prison freely (Isaiah 14:17), once we are captive, only Jesus can set us free.
Jesus said if you seek to lose your life you would gain it, he exhorted his disciples to deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow Him. In doing so, He has set the captives free!
Lv. 25: Ps. 147:3; Is. 2:8, 20; 14:17; 58:6; 52:2,6; 56:1; Lk. 4:18-19; 7:47; Jn. 9:35
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