|Acts 13:32-39 |
32 And we declare to you glad tidings, how the promise that was made to our forefathers,
33 Has been fulfilled by God to us their children, in that he has raised up Jesus again; as it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son, this day have I begotten you.'
34 And the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to see corruption, he said thus, 'I will give you the sure mercies promised to David.'
35 Therefore he also said in another psalm, 'You shall not allow your Holy One to see corruption.'
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell sleep [died] and was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38 Therefore let it be known to you, men and brothers, that through this man the release from bondage of sins3 is preached to you.
39 And by him all who believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
3 Therefore let it be known to you, men and brothers, that through this man the release from bondage of sins is preached to you.The original Greek for release from bondage of sin could be translated as release from bondage, forgiveness, or remission, of sin. Release from bondage of sin is far more accurate, and perfectly describes the purification necessary to avoid being banned from heaven. The cleansing of the Word, the cleansing in the Light, both attained by waiting on the Lord, listening, hearing, watching, and obeying — such cleansing is a release from the bondage of sin. But the poor souls, who were trying to translate the Bible, had not experienced release from bondage of sin within themselves, and so obviously chose to emphasize forgiveness instead. Yet release from captivity, from the prison house, from the oppression, is what Christ said he came to do:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [by sin], Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; Isa 61:1-2
and for what Paul said Jesus sent him to the Gentiles to accomplish:
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are sanctified and purified by faith in me. Acts 26:18
Clearly forgiveness is not deliverance, recovery, healing, opening the prison, release, turned from power of Satan, — while release from the bondage of sin accurately describes all.