The State of Deliverance
By Fred O. Blakely
Our Lord Jesus Christ "gave Himself for us, that He might deliver us out of this present evil world, according to the will of our God and Father" (Gal. 1:3-4, ASV). "Now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” (Rom. 7:4). "For in that He died, He died unto sin once." "Likewise [in that you are united with Him in His death] reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin" (Rom. 6:10-11).
A threefold deliverance is proclaimed by these texts, as well as by others of the new-covenant writings. It is that of freedom from the law, as a means of acceptance by God; from sin, as a taskmaster spiritually separating us from Him; and from the world, as a place of primary citizenship and enticing attraction. That is a wholly-efficacious liberation, indeed. It frees one from the captivating forces of the flesh; its regulative discipline—the law; and from one's polluted natural environment—the present evil world, which "lieth in wickedness" (I Jn. 5:19).
But this precious freedom in Christ is not an end within itself. It is in order to union with Christ, "the righteous" One (I Jn. 2:1 cf. Rom. 7:4). Thus, we who have been so emancipated are to "reckon" ourselves "alive unto God" through our living and glorious Head (Rom. 6:10-11).
That was the purpose of our Lord's death for us, we should consider. "He died for all”, says Paul, "that they that live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto Him who for their sakes died and rose again" (II Cor. 5:15, ASV).
Let us, therefore, gladly receiving our deliverance in the Son, fully submit to the new and blessed bondage to which it commits us. Let us die to the law, as the basis of our justification by God (Gal. 2:19); to sin as our master and as the agency of alienation from God; and to the cursed world, as the Devil's empire, which is irreconcilably at war with God.
So, but only so, shall we be numbered among "the called according to" God's purpose in His beloved Son (Rom. 8:28). These are the ones who genuinely “love God”, to whom the promise is made that all things are working together for their good.