He Sets the Prisoner Free
July 18, 2008
He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
he sets the prisoner free:
his blood can make the foulest clean;
his blood availed for me.
- Charles Wesley, “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”
Sometimes, as I see sin’s strong hold on people – including
myself – I become discouraged. Deep-grained anger destroys
relationships. Addictions turn smiling people into violent criminals.
Envy embitters the heart. And I think to myself, “Surely,
it is hopeless! The sin is too strong; even God can’t seem
to help this mess.”
But that is a lie. Jesus “breaks the power of cancelled
sin, he sets the prisoner free.” Colossians 2:13-15 puts
it this way: “When you were dead in your transgressions and
the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with
Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled
out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which
was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed
it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities,
He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through
Never forget – Jesus conquered all sin and all evil on the
cross. It is because of his victory that Paul says in II Corinthians
5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature;
the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
There is always hope!
- Is there someone in bondage to sin whom you have given up praying
for because you feel hopeless? If so, reaffirm your faith in the
sovereign grace and power of God, available to us in Jesus Christ.
Commit to pray for that person regularly.
- Do you feel in bondage to a certain
sin yourself? Feel “stuck” and
helpless to overcome it? Power, grace, mercy, and hope are yours,
too. Confess your sin, repent, and ask God to help you walk the
victorious life in Christ. It may not be easy, but because of
Jesus, it is possible.