I was watching a movie showing hostages being rescued by a hero. Their captivity involved being placed into cages, torture, and eventually death. The place of their captivity was deep into a jungle. When the hero came to rescue them, he led all those who were in captivity into the freedom of the jungle. They still were not free because they had to be captives of their rescuer until they arrived to civilization. The rescuer led the captivity captive until the day of their complete liberation. I have heard true stories where those who are in captivity by human traffickers are rescued. The rescuers take them captive to lead them through a process that will eventually grant them complete liberation. Our spiritual life is held in captivity to attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles that stifle living life through the S; pirit. We need to discover a way to hold that captivity captive to give complete liberation to the Spirit.
Captivity of the Spirit results because of hatred, cruelty, and bad intentions; which are rooted in the flesh. That captivity has to be taken captive by God’s love, kindness, and goodwill. By the message of the Cross, we know that the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the demonstration of God’s mercy and compassion towards humanity. Captivity of the fleshly nature is taken captive by Christ, and as He holds sin captive we experience liberation through the Holy Spirit. Harsh and aggressive violence puts the Spirit into captivity as well. We discover the meek and gentle Spirit of God as we allow Christ to walk us through the door and into God’s presence. The captivity brought on by Satan is held captive by the same nails used to pin the sacrificial Lamb to the cross. Satan’s captivity keeps us in a cage of pessimism, despair, and evilness; but all of Satan’s captivity is held captive by God. He embraces us with His optimism that we will discover liberation through the Cross. He wants us to experience His faith, joy, and goodness. Satan wants to irritate us with impatience, out of control behaviors, and the desire to give up on life. That captivity is held captive by God’s endurance in face of humanity’s sinful nature. God perseveres, is patient, and full of self-control towards us. He wants us to accept what He has done for us through the death of Christ on the Cross. It is there at the Cross that we experience liberation of the Spirit.
Sin Separates Us From The Spirit
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Ephesians 4:7-10