Jesus offers a great declaration of victory in John 8:36. Therefore, he continues, “If the Son sets you free, you will be truly free.” These are strong and uplifting comments, and I want to start by wishing you heartfelt congratulations on your freedom. Have you ever stopped to think about what you are free from, though?
What Does the “Son Sets Free is Free Indeed” Mean?
When translated from Greek, the term free can indicate either to set free or to be exempt from responsibility. This implies that whoever the son liberates or exempts from duty will indeed be released and free from liability, according to the passage.
There are two implications I want you to think about when you read this lyric in its whole in light of this definition. There are things that Christ has first set you free from. Second, you have access to some things because of Christ.
In order to live the full and abundant life that Christ wants you to live, let’s take a look at both sides of the coin today.
What Has the Son of God Set You Free From?
The Captivity of Sin– Something or someone must first be bound or imprisoned before it may be freed. One who is confined is by definition a captive. That is just how we were. We were both kept captive by sin as hostages.
The sinful urges held us hostage. We were under the sway of our sinful nature. We lacked the ability to combat sin’s hold on us. Sin was our master and the prisoner of us all.
When you were alive before Christ, sin obtained anything it desired. This doesn’t necessarily suggest that you were living a wild lifestyle, though it might; it only implies that your sinful nature was the main driving force in your life. It had the upper hand. Paul refers to sin as your master in Romans 6.
However, when you were reborn, a wonderful thing occurred—you received a new master. You have been set free from the grip of your sinful nature because God gave you a new nature and, more importantly, filled you with his Holy Spirit.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord resides, there is freedom,” writes Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:17. You are liberated because the Holy Spirit resides within you.
The Penalty of Sin– Romans 6:23 states, “For the penalty of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We all had an eternal death sentence before Christ, let’s be quite clear about that.
Yes, you and I were both condemned to death. We were in that situation, even if you might not have understood it and probably didn’t realise how serious it was.
Unfortunately, this is still a common misconception among people today. You and I have headed for an eternity apart from the presence of God due to our sins. This was our sin’s ultimate punishment or obligation.
Thankfully, there is still more to the story. The gift of God, according to Paul, is eternal life in Christ Jesus. Jesus removed your death sentence when he freed you free. You no longer face the punishment you deserved and have been granted eternal life. He changed your eternal position literally.
You have reason to celebrate today because Christ is the only way to eternal life. You no longer need to pay the price for your sin, and thanks to Christ Jesus, you will always be in God’s loving embrace.