2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).
The moment one becomes born again the Lord Jesus by way of the Holy Spirit coming into your spirit man liberates us from the sin nature, and all that came as a result of that sin nature. The word emancipation, referring to liberty, is defined as the act of setting one free from the power of another. Just as slaves in our Country were liberated through emancipation, so also everyone born again has been freed from the evil one, and given liberty through Jesus Christ.
The word “Lord” means supreme in authority. There is no higher authority than the Lord Jesus Christ. To be born again He must be acknowledged as the “Lord”, the supreme authority in your life. You can have this liberty and yet live as a slave to the old natures ways, and to the works that satan brought with it. There are several reasons why some still live like a slave to these things. One reason is a lack of knowledge of what you now have in Christ Jesus. God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.
But not only do we need to know what is now rightfully ours because we are sons and daughters of God, we need to now yield to the Lord of our life. Choosing to make our own choices apart from the Lord’s way for us brings bondage not liberty. When we choose His way of thinking, His way of speaking, and that changes our way of living; we allow the Lordship of Christ to rule over us, in us, and through us, and that leads to liberty.