Are You Pretty In Your Prison?

(Ver 1.2)  Did you know that a prisoner will never escape a prison when they do not know they are in one?  If you grew up a free child and were wrongfully convicted of a crime and sentenced to a life behind bars after becoming an adult, would you want to try to be free again or escape?  I believe that you would think about it every day.   However, let’s say you were a baby born in a prison, raised in a prison, never saw the outside and the free world and did not know anything but prison.  Would you still want out and try to escape?  I don’t think so!  You see this is the case that most of the world is in today.  They have been born and raised within a spiritual prison system that has captured them, held them and they do not even know it.  Because these people do not know any better, they are not looking to escape it.  They exist in a state of unawareness of the spiritual reality of freedom that is available all around them.  These people are consumed with the natural things that they see and can touch.  They dress up in fine clothes and go out to clubs and party like there are never any consequences.  These people do not understand they are in a prison, being held captive and controlled by an unseen spiritual force.  They go about their lives living like today and right now is all that counts.  People in the world are captives to a spiritual system that they do not see and are the servants of that system.  To be a servant is the same as to be a slave and they certainly do not know it.  When Jesus walked the face of the planet in the flesh, He gave us some insight into why  He had to come in person.  This is one statement where He quotes an Old Testament prophet and informs us of what He was doing here:

Luk 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,

This verse says many things, but I want to focus on the part that I underlined for us to see.  Jesus said “I came to preach deliverance to the captives”.  What is Jesus talking about?   Who are these captives that He is declaring freedom for?  Did you know this Greek word translated as “captives” means “prisoner of war”?  You do understand what a prisoner of war is, yes?   Jesus is speaking in spiritual terms about a spiritual war, which has spiritual prisoners.  There is a spiritual warfare being waged even today as we observe the events happening around us in our natural world.  Jesus came to free us from our flesh, sin, Satan and death.  However, Satan is still the ruler of the darkness of this world (Eph 6:12).   Satan no longer rules those who are saved and who are true Christians.  But the others are still his prisoners.  Those that have not been saved live within this domain and in the confines of darkness as slaves to sin and are held captive by Satan.  So why did Jesus say He was here to preach in Luke 4:18?  I thought He was here to save us?  If we understand the Bible we also understand that no one gets saved unless someone preaches.  This is God’s selected method for salvation.  Someone goes to the world, tells them the good news of freedom from prison and they have the right to believe it and get saved or reject it and stay in their spiritual dungeon and prison of darkness.   This verse in Luke is of course a quote from Isaiah, where Jesus opened the scroll and found the words to read.  Here is what the original verse actually says:

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent1 me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

We can again see that Jesus is quoting a prophetic verse that He was here to “proclaim liberty to the captives”.  It then speaks about these same people in another statement that is definitely related, “to open the prison of those who are bound”.   You see Jesus has opened the doors to let people out of their prisons, but because these people do not know they are in a prison, they do not make any effort to come out of this open door.  People live in a state of blissful ignorance and contentment .   They are satisfied with what they have, because they don’t know there is anything better.  This is true of many natural people in the world today who are raised in a specific set of circumstances and are content with their current state of being.  But, even as it is true in the natural, so it is also true in the spiritual realm.  Ignorance of the open door and the way out of their prison keeps people bound.  Here is another prophecy from Isaiah that speaks to us on this subject:

Isa 42:7  To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Jesus was anointed to fulfill the plan of God and this included setting those in the chains of darkness free from Satan’s kingdom.  This verse also speaks of people being blinded by Satan.  Blindness is the inability to see the light.  We know from the Bible that Jesus said He was the Light of the World, so those who are sitting in the darkness are unable to comprehend and see Jesus.  The prison house is a place of darkness where Satan holds his captives hostage by their ignorance.  If you do not understand Spiritual darkness and light I would suggest you read the lessons on “Understanding Night and Day”.  Here are just a few New Testament verses that speak of this bondage and slavery to sin:

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

Gal 4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

2Pe 2:19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he( brought in bondage.

2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

People in the world are being held captive against their will, but yet do not even know it.  They have been deceived into believing that their prison of sin is normal and good.  They are attracted to the darkness by the lusts and desires that keep them prisoners in their hearts.  Even though they dress up and party to have a good time in their minds, the fun is all limited within the confines of the four grey spiritual walls of their hearts.  They do what their warden Satan wants them to do, when he wants them to and they do not even understand the process.  So we can dress up and look pretty and be the best looking man or woman in our spiritual prison cell.  Or we can make Jesus our Lord and walk out of that dead end through the open door that Jesus Christ has given us for a new life of freedom.  I would recommend that we choose this Life of Freedom!

About agapegeek

Using the Bible to understand the Bible! Advanced Bible study for mature Chrisitians who want to grow.

Posted on April 6, 2010, in Bible Basics, Bible Study, Understanding and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow no comments! Still many prisoners!


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