I’m reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and have been struck by a theme she’s developing. One slave is sold from his relatively comfortable place with a well-meaning family in Kentucky and taken further and further south where plantation work might very well kill him. Another escapes from that same Kentucky family and travels further and further north, fleeing oppression and seeking freedom.
One remains enslaved and likely ultimately finds death; the other finds freedom and eventually new life.
Whether Stowe meant this metaphor or not, it is a powerful representation of the way sin operates. If we remain enslaved to sin, it leads to death. If we are set free from it, we are given new life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23.)
Happily, Jesus sets people free so that we no longer face even the prospect of the death that sin brings. As he told his friends:
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36.)
God’s people aren’t free from committing sins, of course. It’s just that because of what Jesus accomplished, those sins do not define us or our destiny.
Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25.)
We are no longer slaves to sin but are free and beloved children of God.
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:7.)
God loves his children and has made us his heirs.
I like this freedom.