[Luke 1:71] “71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us,”
- “Salvation” here means physical rescue from danger not forgiveness of sins.
[Luke 1:72] “72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant,”
- God continues to show mercy to Israel based upon His covenant that He made with Abraham.
God’s mercy is seen through His promises. When God promises something, He doesn’t go back on His word. That is why the ones who have put their trust in Jesus Christ can be assured of eternal life. The moment we close our eyes, we will reopen them in heaven with Jesus.
[Luke 1:73] “73 the oath He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us”
- God’s oath to Abraham was because he put his trust in Him, believing in His promises…“6 Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” -Genesis 15:6
[Luke 1:74] “74 deliverance from hostile hands, that we may serve Him without fear,”
- The LORD protects His people, so that they may serve Him, but God’s protection comes with a condition. The moment His people abandon His statutes, the shield of protection gets taken away from them and the enemies of the Israelites overtake them.
[Luke 1:75] “75 in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our lives.”
- The people of God must live in holiness which is staying away from evil (what God detests) and clinging to His righteousness until their death. Righteousness means to live a life that pleases the LORD. The Jewish people know His righteousness through God’s statutes and ordinances that He handed down to them through Moses.
Now, apart from the Holy Spirit no one can be holy. For a person to please the Lord, he or she has to put their trust in Jesus Christ. The moment the Holy Spirit takes residence in your heart, your sins are forgiven and you have been made holy. Once your spirit is holy, you are ready to do God’s will.
All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.