GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #474
“The Glorious Liberty Of The Children Of God” Romans 8:21
Pastor Don Fortner
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road
Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Romans 8:21 speaks of both bondage and liberty, “the bondage of corruption and the glorious liberty of the children of God”.
“The bondage of corruption” is that bondage into which sin has brought us. It is the bondage of nature, the bondage which makes us all miserable slaves and prisoners. This bondage of corruption is the forerunner of the everlasting torments of hell’s bondage. Unless God intervenes, it will bring us and our children into eternal misery at last. All who live in the dungeon of sensuality and corruption, as the willing bond slaves of sin, dragged from place to place by the chains of envy, malice, anger, and wrath shall spend eternity in the darkness and corruption of hell under the wrath of God, unless the Son of God makes them free.
“The bondage of corruption” holds multitudes in abject servitude to fashion, style, and social approval. It makes us all, by nature, slaves to our own corrupt passions; and that man who is a slave to his own passions is a slave to the worst possible despot. Physical slavery is the most immoral, debasing abuse of humanity imaginable. However, this “bondage of corruption” is indescribably worse. This is the bondage not of our bodies, but of our hearts, our minds, our souls! This satanic “bondage of corruption” manifest itself in many ways. We see it in the bondage of men to sin, to a craving for acceptance with and the approval of others, to the law of God, and to the traditions and customs of human religion.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God came into this world to deliver God’s elect from “the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God”. He came to set the captive free, to open the doors of the prison which held his people in captivity, to break the oppressive chains and shackles which held us captives to sin and Satan. Christ is the great liberator of men’s souls. He came to set his people free.
Salvation is the deliverance of chosen, redeemed sinners by the grace and power of God “into the glorious liberty of the children of God”. I want you who believe to know and enjoy “the glorious liberty of the children of God”. I realize that this is a very controversial subject. But it is controversial only because of the prevailing errors of ascetic, legal religion which have become so universally accepted that all men call liberty licentiousness and bondage godliness.
All human religion is bondage, operates upon principles of bondage, and seeks to keep people in bondage. I want every child of God to know that since Christ has made us free, it is our privilege and responsibility both to stand fast in the liberty of his grace, refusing to be brought again under the yoke of legal bondage, and to use the liberty he has given us for the glory of his name and the good of his people. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." We must not allow those who constantly spy out our liberty in Christ to bring us into bondage. Those pretentiously righteous men, those promoters of religious bondage, are really promoters of corruption. “If ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” In Christ all who believe are free from the law. Let no man, therefore, put you under the law.
“Free from the law, O happy condition!
Jesus has bled and there is remission.
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.
Once for all, O sinner receive it!
Once for all, O brother, believe it!
Cling to the cross, thy burden will fall.
Christ hath redeemed us once for all!”