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Spiritual Darkness

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Dr. David Jeremiah

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32

People who read the Bible love it because it presents human life as it really is: the good, the bad, the ugly—and the funny. Take the time when the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a power encounter on Mount Carmel. The contest was to see who was greater—the God of Israel or the god Baal. When Baal couldn’t deliver, Elijah spared no sarcastic efforts to humiliate the false god and his prophets (1 Kings 18:16-45).

Or take the time Jesus spoke to a group of Jews about spiritual freedom (John 8:31-36). They retorted, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” (verse 33) Never been in bondage? How about the four hundred years their ancestors spent enslaved in Egypt? How about the northern tribes of Israel being enslaved to Assyria? How about the two southern tribes spending seventy years enslaved in Babylon? And as they spoke, they were in bondage to Rome! It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

The spiritual freedom of which Jesus spoke comes only by grace and truth. It is possible to be free from the bondage of sin (Galatians 5:1).

Spiritual darkness is spiritual bondage.

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