|Luke 1:74-75 |
74 That he would grant to us, that being delivered out of the hand of our enemies we might serve him without fear, [Our enemies are lust, pride, envy, anger, hatred, sexual immorality, dishonesty, profanity, foolishness, partying, evil thoughts, etc. Christianity incorrectly would have you believe that Jesus came to free you from the guilt of your sins, which makes Jesus a promoter of sins. Your feelings of guilt over sin come from the Spirit of God within every man and should be the motivator to change, not to continue sinning, which is the broad way to destruction. The only way you could stand in God's presence without fear is to be totally changed to be pure and holy, which only occurs by God destroying all sin within you through your bearing the inward cross of self-denial; then you are walking the same way as Jesus walked and in the world as Jesus was with perfection, purity, and holiness.]
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.3 [You cannot be holy or righteous while still sinning; those who sin are slaves to sin, and we must become slaves to righteousness before we are righteous. Jesus only spoke, judged, and did as He was prompted and ordered by God; to practice righteousness, we also must be able to only speak what we hear Him order us to say and only do what we are ordered to do by God. See the definition of righteousness for more detail. ]
3 This is one of the most beautiful pair of verses in the Bible: that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, we might serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our life (on earth and forever). The enemies that we are delivered from are our lusts, passions, appetites, and desires; these are the same enemies that the Lord will put under our feet, if we sit at his right hand, to listen, hear, and obey. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, (sin), in us; to preach to those poor in spirit, to release the captives of sin, and to set at liberty those bruised by the consequences of sin. For any of this to happen, we must fear God to turn from evil, and in faith to seek his powerful grace of change. But after we receive the gift of His perfect love in our hearts, (making us perfect), to replace the sins that He destroys in our hearts, then we have no fear. Then we can serve God in holiness (Mark! Holiness) and righteousness (Mark! then, righteousness) for the rest of our lives.