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Deliverance & Freedom

 

Consequences of Freedom

            When a man decides to exercise his freedom to break God’s laws, he is like a person who ascends to the top of a tall building and jumps off. For the first several stories he feels great. There are no restraints, no restrictions, no hang-ups. But suppose, ten stories from the ground, he realizes that a sudden stop awaits him and that he doesn’t want to endure its consequences. Can he reverse the falling process? Can you or he stop the fall? Of course not. Thus, in the final ten stories, our tragic character will examine his definition of freedom and realize—too late—that it was wrong.

 

Morality and Freedom

            ”Men are qualified for civil liberties only to the extent that they are willing to put moral chains of their appetites”—Edmund Burke

 

Security and Freedom

            At the University of Oklahoma, for many years a project was underway to teach a fifteen-year-old female chimpanzee named Washoe to talk by combining sign language with simple recognition. Since 1966, this chimpanzee learned 140 signs.

            Finally, the project directors decided that Washoe was prepared to “conceptualize.” This meant that instead of merely imitating some human’s words, the chimp would express thoughts of her own. Now, understand, Washoe was a pampered animal in the university’s laboratory—well fed, physically comfortable, safe from harm. She had security. And yet, when she was able to put words together on her own into a phrase, these were the first three—and she has said them again, repeatedly—“Let me out.”

 

DELIVERANCE

Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace. 

Oswald Chambers in Run Today's Race.


John Paton was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands. One night hostile natives surrounded the mission station, intent on burning out the Patons and killing them. Paton and his wife prayed during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see their attackers leave. A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Christ. Remembering what had happened, Paton asked the chief what had kept him from burning down the house and killing them. The chief replied in surprise, "Who were all those men with you there?" Paton knew no men were present--but the chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords circling the mission station. 

Today in the Word, MBI, October, 1991, p. 18.

 

FREEDOM

The divine "scheme of things," as Christianity understands it, is at once extremely elastic and extremely rigid. It is elastic, in that it includes a large measure of liberty for the creature; it is rigid in that it includes the proviso that, however created beings choose to behave, they must accept responsibility of their own actions and endure the consequences.

Dorothy L. Sayer in Dorothy L. Sayer: A Rage for Life.


In May 1924, a shocked nation learned two young men from Chicago, Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb, had killed 14-year-old Bobbie Franks. What made the crime so shocking, and made Leopold and Loeb household names, was the reason for the killing. The two became obsessed with the idea of committing the "perfect murder," and simply picked young Franks as their victim. They were sentenced to life imprisonment, but Leopold was killed in a prison brawl in 1936. Claiming he wanted "a chance to find redemption for myself and to help others," Nathan Loeb became a hospital technician at his parole in 1958. He died in 1971.

Today in the Word, October 3, 1992.


Liberty of thought is in itself a good; but it gives an opening to false liberty.

John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita Sua, 1864.


A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.

Thomas Huxley, "Address on University Education," Collected Essays, 1902, III, p. 236.


No man in this world attains to freedom from any slavery except by entrance into some higher servitude. There is no such thing as an entirely free man conceivable.

Phillips Brooks (1835- 1893), Perennials.


Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

John Diefenbaker.


We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.

Cicero.


Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want rain without thunder and lightning.

Frederick Douglass.


Commentary

The divine "scheme of things," as Christianity understands it, is at once extremely elastic and extremely rigid. It is elastic, in that it includes a large measure of liberty for the creature; it is rigid in that it includes the proviso that, however created beings choose to behave, they must accept responsibility of their own actions and endure the consequences.

Dorothy L. Sayer in Dorothy L. Sayer: A Rage for Life.


Prayer

Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.

Peter Marshall, Before the U.S. Senate.

 

DELIVERANCE.

The believer has a sevenfold deliverance for which he can praise God:--

. Deliverance from the curse of a broken law (Gal.5:1).

. Deliverance from the condemnation of sin (Romans 8:1-3).

. Deliverance from the servitude of sin (Rom.6:18).

. Deliverance from the evil in the world (Gal.1:4).

. Deliverance from the power of darkness (Col.1:13).

. Deliverance from the fear of death (Heb.2:15).

. Deliverance from self in the death of Christ (Gal.2:20).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

“DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

Matthew 6:13.

. Deliver us from an “evil conscience” (Heb.10:22) by the application of the blood of Christ.

. Deliver us from an “evil heart of unbelief” ( Heb.3:12), by unwavering faith in God’s Word.

. Deliver us from “ this present evil world” (Gal.1:4), by living in the purpose Christ had, when He died for us.

. Deliver us from “ evil speaking” (Eph.4:31), by enabling us to speak the truth in love.

. Deliver us from “every evil work” (11. Tim.4:18), by 1 eading us in the Spirit to abound in every good work.

. Deliver us from“evil communications” (1.Cor.xv.33), by heart fellowship with Christ and those who are His.

. Deliver us from “ all appearance of evil” (1. Thess.5:22), that Christ’s honour may be unsullied.

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

ESCAPE FROM.

As the man-slayer had something to escape from, namely, the avenger, so the sinner has need to escape from—

. The curse of a broken law (Gal.3:10).

. The justice of God (Ex.34:7).

. The consequences of sin (Heb.10:26,27).

. The wrath to come (1. Thess.1:10).

. The guilt of sin (Rom.3:19).

. The dominion of sin (Rom.6:16).

. The love of sin (John 3:19).

. The power of darkness (Col.1:13).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

LIBERTY.

Ⅰ. Freedom from the slavery of sin. “ To set at liberty them that are bruised” ( Luke 4:18).

Ⅱ. Freedom from anxiety. “ And to let him have liberty” (Acts 24:23).

Ⅲ. Freedom to be. Hence to the right or authority. “ To them gave He the right (M.) to become the sons of God” (John 1:12).

Ⅳ. Freedom of approach. “ Boldness (M., liberty), to enter into the holiest” (Heb.10:19).

Ⅴ. Freedom to go where one will. “ Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” ( 2. Cor.3:17; James 1:25).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

 “ LIBERTY.”

Ⅰ. The purpose of Christ. He came “ to set at liberty” (Luke 4:18)..

Ⅱ. We are called to liberty. “ Ye have been called unto liberty” (Galatians 5:13).

Ⅲ. We have the Spirit of liberty. “ Where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty” (2. Cor.3:17).

Ⅳ. We have liberty into the presence of God. “ Having therefore, brethren, liberty to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Heb.10:19, mar.)

Ⅴ. We have the law of liberty, which we are to look into. “ Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein……this man shall be blessed” (James 1:25).

Ⅵ. We are to stand fast in the liberty. “ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Gal.5:1).

Ⅶ. We are waiting for the glorious liberty. “ Delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” Rom.8:21.

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings