Before coming to God through Jesus Christ, we labor under the oppressive government of Satan’s rule (Eph 2:1–2). The longer we are subject to him, the more destructive his power is over us. At some point, we want our independence from that evil force. We can only find freedom and hope through the gospel (John 8:31–32; Matt 5:12). Most people continue under the oppressive influence of Satan until they can clearly see a path to freedom from their sins. Knowing the truth about sin should be incentive enough to seek our independence from it.
I. TRUTH ABOUT SIN
A. Sugar-coated lies (Luke 15:11-24)
B. Wasteful / Harsh (Luke 15:11-18; John 8:33-36)
C. Enslaving / Destroying (Rom 6:23; Isa 59:1-2)
D. Bewitching / Beguiling (Gal 3:1; 5:7)
II. SUFFERING OF SIN
A. Human Distress / Tribulation (Luke 15; Gal 5:19-21; Jas 3:16; Rom 2:9)
B. Divine Wrath / Indignation (Rom 2:6–8)
III. FREEDOM FROM SIN
A. Words of Christ (John 8:31-32; 3:16; Mark 16:16)
B. Sacrifice of Christ (Heb 10:4-12; Matt 28:1-6; 1 Peter 1:1-2)
C. Obedience to Christ (Acts 2:37-38; 8:34-38)
Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot in the American Revolution?
Doesn’t matter! What matters now is whether you will allow Jesus Christ to lead you to independence and give you freedom from your sins.
Today could be your Independence Day!