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Liberation: Set Free from Sin’s Power and Penalty

 In my last post, I wrote about the Holy Spirit, The Helper, and His power to convict us of sin, righteousness and judgment. His conviction serves the purpose of bringing us to Jesus so we can experience the abundant life instead of a life of sin and death.

As we turn our lives to Jesus, the Holy Spirit continues to work in us and through us. He doesn’t stop at conviction. He moves in the believer to bring regeneration (making us spiritually alive); liberation (freeing us from the power of sin); transformation (helping us conform to the image of Jesus Christ) and sanctification (creating growth of our holiness).

Understanding the liberation phase of the Holy Spirit’s process is extremely important. I see many people who confess Christ, but are bound up in sin’s power and penalty. They live in bondage instead of true freedom in Christ. They live in the oppression of an addicted, defeated life instead in the freedom Christ gives.

The apostle Paul made it very clear in his second letter to the Corinthians. He wrote, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).” Commenting on this verse Pastor John MacArthur wrote, “It is the spirit of the Lord who brings the liberty of salvation to repentant sinners of any age—liberty from the bondage to the Law (Romans 7:1–6), Satan (Hebrews 2:14–15), fear (Romans 8:15), sin (Romans 6:2,7,14) and death (Romans 8:2).”[1] The Holy Spirit brings liberation—freedom to us if we just let Him work in us.

Stormie Omartian wrote, “The Holy Spirit will always lead you to liberation from anything that separates you from God and keeps you from becoming all He made you to be.”[2]

What is that life? Paul wrote in Romans 6:18, “And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” We literally give up our “self” to a life of righteousness, peace and joy. We live in the spiritual liberty of the Holy Spirit. We’re not bound or slaves to old sins and addictions. We find true freedom from all of those things as we yield to the Holy Spirit’s working in us.

Stormie also wrote, “Jesus is the Deliverer who came to set us free. And the Holy Spirit continues to lead us into ever-increasing freedom and liberation in Christ—that is freedom from the enemy of our soul, from the lure of the world, and from our own dangerous and self-destructive thoughts, habits and actions.”[3]

I don’t know about you, but I’m all in. I want the freedom the Holy Spirit brings. I don’t want to live in bondage. I don’t want to live a defeated life. I want victory sin’s power and presence. And, I need the Helper to continually work in me to set me free.

What about you?

[1] John MacArthur New Testament Commentary: 2 Corinthians,  (Chicago, Moody Publishers, 2003), 113

[2] Stormie Omartian, Lead Me, Holy Spirit: Longing to Hear The Voice of God, (Eugene, OR, Harvest House Publishers, 2012), 29

[3] IBID.

One response to “Liberation: Set Free from Sin’s Power and Penalty”

  1. Amen Steve, and Amen! I am a testimony of being set free from craving carnal things; and that empty longing being replaced with a hunger for everlasting, living,holy,satisfying,never-ending, soul nurturing things of God. You are sharing the Truth and the Truth sets us free. Free for what? To love God and others; to set them free. What a beautiful cycle of life!