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John 8:31-36
   Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
   And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
   They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man:  how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
   Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
   And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
   If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

   The Word of God gives us a knowledge of the accomplished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.   God's Word and God's son have given us complete freedom from the bondage of sin and it's consequences.  In Christ we are free indeed.

Luke 4:18 
   The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
   To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

     When Jesus Christ began his ministry he spoke these words.  He came to preach deliverance to the captives and set at liberty them that are bruised.  Jesus Christ came to make us free indeed.

Hebrews 2:14 
   Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

People have a fear of death that keeps them in bondage a lifetime.  Jesus Christ came and faced death that he might destroy the devil who has the power of death.  Jesus Christ came to make eternal life available.  He conquered death to deliver us from death.  Freedom from death?  Now that is free indeed.

Romans 6:17-18
   But God be thanked that ye were [past tense] the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
   Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

   Before a person confesses with their mouth the Lord Jesus and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead he or she is the servant of sin.  All mankind has been in bondage to sin since Adam disobeyed God and lost his spiritual connection.  It is only by the obedience of Christ that we have freedom from sin.

Ephesians 4:8
  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

   When Christ was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven he led everything that captivates mankind captive.  That is why we are free indeed.

Colossians 1:13
   Who [God] hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of [by] his dear son:   

   The word delivered means rescued.  We have been rescued from the devil's kingdom and have been made citizens in God's kingdom by the work of His dear son.  It is in the past tense.  It is a present tense reality.  We have deliverance NOW.  Right now we are free indeed.

Romans 7:22-8:2 
   For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
   But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
   O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
   I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
   There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
   For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

   Christ has made us free from sin.  But the devil's influence is still in the world and thoughts of self condemnation and sin can bring us back into bondage.  Thoughts of fear, worry, anxiety, suicide, death.   Thoughts of sickness and disease.  These can be the most tormenting kinds of bondage.  There is a war going on in our mind.  The battle is between how the devil wants us to think and what we really are in Christ.
   In the Bible lands and times a horrible method of execution was to tie a dead body to the criminal and leave him until he died.  Being tied to our past sins is like being tied to a dead body. 
   In Christ we have been made free indeed.  We have the spirit of God in Christ in us.  We have been delivered from the negatives of the world and our past lives.  We have been made free from the dead body of sin and death.  To walk spiritually is to walk in light of the spirit of God in you.  NOW, there is no condemnation.   We ARE free indeed.

1 Peter 2:24
   Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

   Not only did Christ free us from the sins in our mind; he freed us from physical problems as well.  By his stripes ye WERE healed.  Again, it is a past tense reality.  The devil would have you sick and diseased.  But you HAVE BEEN healed physically in Christ.  In Christ we are free in every way.  We are free indeed.

Romans 8:35

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    Seven negative things that attempt to separate us from the love of Christ are listed here.  Although we face these things in the world the obvious answer to the rhetorical question is - Nothing can separate us!  These are the world's ways of trying; but nothing can because we are free indeed.

John 16:33

   These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome
[conquered] the world.

 We are free indeed through him that loved us.

Romans 8:36-37
     As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. ???
     Nay [NO WAY!], in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

more than conquerors = hupernikao - super conquerors!

   In all of the world's tribulations, pressures, etc., we are are conquerors.  And not just conquerors; we are super conquerors.  We are free indeed through the love of God and the love of Christ who carried out His will.  Now we must get persuaded about it.

Romans 8:38-39
     For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
     Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

   Ten items are listed that we are to be persuaded about.  Nothing can separate us from our freedom in Christ.
   The list is all inclusive, nothing is left out.

    It is not a matter of a contest with these things.  They do not have the ABILITY to separate us!  They are NOT ABLE to separate us. We certainly are free indeed through the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!

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