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Liberty, Liberation

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Freedom from physical, political, and spiritual oppression. Throughout the Bible, one of God's primary purposes for His people is to free them from physical oppression and hardship and to liberate them from spiritual bondage. One of the dominant themes of the Old Testament is that Yahweh is the God who liberated the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. In the New Testament, God is the one who liberates people from bondage to sin through Jesus Christ. Jesus showed in Luke 4:18-19 that these purposes extend to all those who are oppressed, not just those who call on His name. This liberation always comes from God, but He desires to use his people to accomplish these purposes. If they refuse, he will use other means. See Freedom .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Liberty, Liberation'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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