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As Saul of Tarsus sat in the darkness of blindness in Acts 9, Ananias, with his hands upon the head of this one who was the great persecutor of the Christian church, spoke words of never-to-be-forgotten life-changing power to the blind man. “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized.”

You can’t have deliverance without a deliverer; for Saul, the deliverer was the Lord who had now captured him. Let us turn for a quick moment to Colossians 1:13. “[God] hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” There is deliverance from sin’s tyranny, with the dominion of darkness broken and the kingdom of light ushered in.

Look at Galatians 1:3-4. Right here in the beginning of the Galatian letter, Paul says, “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age.” Here is deliverance from the world’s grasp. It is essentially godless. There is a vast complex of evil that surrounds us. It is essentially godless because it lives in disregard for God’s kingdom, His laws, and His love. Its heart is set on the perishable. Its ego is the center of its life. It grips us like a vice. It shapes us, dictates to us, dominates us―until Christ sets us free.