“…[He] delivered us… and does deliver us, … He will still deliver us, …” (2 Corinthians 1:10)
When the word “deliverance” is read or heard, there seems to accompany it a sense of relief, a sigh of gratitude. No surprise, being that we were created not only in the image of God but to fully and freely enjoy Him and all that He has given (1 Timothy 6:17). And we simply cannot reap the benefit of this “all” when we are in bondage to someone or something rather than yielded to our all-giving God.
“But God – so rich is He in His Mercy!…” (Ephesians 2:4)
Thank God He didn’t leave us to grovel in the consequences of the fall and of our own personal sins! He had a Plan of deliverance in His Eternal Mind long before He created man, knowing what to do and how, when, through Whom to do it, that we might be restored to fellowship with Him and ultimately be free indeed. And indeed He did have a Plan, a Way, to deliver us, in particular from three tyrant masters: the devil, the world, and self.
“O Lord … other masters besides You have ruled over us” (Isaiah 26:14a)
And the Lord saw, He knew, He understood, and He did something about this, all by means of something that was introduced into the world through disobedience to Him: death. He put to death the three “tyrant masters” that kept man in bondage. First, the devil: “…that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14,15) Thus, He “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His Love.” (Colossians 1:13), and we can boldly claim and proclaim that Christ has given us “[physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm [us]” (Luke 10:19).We were created not only in the image of God but to fully and freely enjoy Him and all that He has given. Click To Tweet
He also delivered us from the world: “God forbid that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14) Therefore, we now can have the Love of the Father dwelling richly in us instead of the perpetual, nagging fear of death with all of its offspring-fears! (I John 2:15; 4:18a)
Finally, glory be to our Almighty God and Savior, He has freed us from self and from a life of self-occupation and self-centeredness. “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself [through death] for me.” (Galatians 2:20) The sixth chapter of Romans tamps down deeply into our hearts the truth of our deliverance from the tyrant master of self: “…knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (verses 6,7) Verse 14 sums it up beautifully: “for sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under Grace.”
“…[the former tyrant masters] are dead, they shall not live…; they are powerless ghosts, they shall not rise and come back. You have made an end of them and caused… [every trace of their supremacy] to perish” (Isaiah 26:14)
This is the TRUTH regarding what the Father of Mercies, the God of all Grace, has done for us, that we might never again have to be ruled by the flesh (self), the world, or the devil, and not only be a free people but live as such. “You shall know that Truth, and the Truth shall set you free. So if the Son [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free” (John 8:32,36).