QUESTION: WHAT IS TRUE MEANING OF DELIVERANCE?
Study References: Matthew 12:43–45, Psalm 56:13, Colossians 1:12-14.
Deliverance is the action of being rescued or set free from bondage or sin. Deliverance in the Bible is the acts of God whereby He rescues His people from slavery or danger. In the Old Testament, deliverance is focused primarily on God’s removal of those who are in the midst of trouble or danger. He rescues His people from their enemies. (Psalm 56:13; 86:13; Exodus 3:8; Exodus 6:6).
The descriptions of temporal deliverance in the Old Testament serve as symbolic representations of the spiritual deliverance from sin which is available only through Christ. He offers deliverance from sin, evil, death and judgment. By God’s power, believers are delivered from this present evil age (Galatians 1:4) and from the power of Satan’s reign (Colossians 1:13). All aspects of deliverance are available only through the person and work of Jesus Christ, who was Himself delivered up for us (Romans 4:25) so that we would be delivered from the eternal punishment of sin. Only Jesus rescues us from the “wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
The Israelites, when they were being delivered from Egypt, some of them where asking Moses to take them back to Egypt which is the land of slavery and danger. (Exodus 16:3)
Galatians 5:1 says; "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
True deliverance is found in Christ Jesus, being rescued from sin through His precious blood.(2 Corinthians 5:21)
Deliverance from sin, rescue from trials, and escape from the influence of a world in the control of the evil one come only through Christ, the Son of God who has come and “has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:19-20).
We can be truly delivered from the influence of evil spirit of lust, jealousy, e.t.c in our lives by using two weapons God has given us as part of our spiritual armor with which we battle “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12-17).
We can defend ourselves with the shield of faith and use the offensive weapon of the Word of God. Against these two, no spirit can prevail. By holding up the shield of faith, we extinguish the flaming spiritual arrows they send against us, arrows of lust, doubt, guilt, jealousy, evil speech, and all manner of temptations. With the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, we overcome the evil one by proving his temptations to be lies because he is the father of lies (John 8:44).