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Luke 1:77

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 77 To give the knowledge of salvation to his people by the release from the bondage of their sins,4

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4 To give the knowledge of salvation to his people by the release from the bondage of their sins. In 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, (NIV and NASTB); the King James translators chose remission; the Amplified translators chose forgiveness and remission. Remission is also a release from or cure of sins, (as in the remission of cancer to be cured). 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 [in slavery to 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 [in slavery to sin]; 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. Until He cleanses you, your heart is defiled with sin.

If you have a hard time believing that your sinning is a bondage or a slavery, then consider what the Lord and Paul had to say about it:

Then Jesus answered them, "Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34

Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves to obey, you are the slaves of whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness? Rom 6:16

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