“Free from me”
In John chapter 8 we are told that it was the day after the feast of the Tabernacles and Jesus had come early that morning into the temple when the religious leaders came dragging a half naked woman caught in the very act of adultery. Jesus set her free from the penalty and power of sin while indicting the religious leaders. Then He spoke to them telling them He was the “light of the world” and would do the same for them as He had done for her if they would only be willing, verse 12. The unfortunate truth is that they “weren’t willing” so he addressed others in chapter 8 verses 31-36 who would accept His offer.
Have you noticed that people often add to a meaning to a word and still call it by the same name? When they do this they just add to the confusion of the definition. Take the word “freedom” for instance; the true meaning of the word means to be free from that which restrains us and by implication it describes a previous condition by which we are now unhindered. Over the year’s people have added to that meaning to include license, which means to be able to do what ever you want whenever you want. Now the second meaning of freedom is what people usually associate as the meaning of freedom. The trouble with that is that often what a person has license to do becomes that which robs him of the freedom he sought! Take Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son who became enslaved by his understanding of freedom. Saints, the true definition of freedom as it relates to us is “being able to be all that we were meant to be”.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!