A few weeks ago I heard a song that had such a phrase, and it has become a favourite at our church. The phrase is, "I am free because I'm bound". As you read the rest of the chorus, you can see there's a double meaning intended.
"I am free because I’m bound
I am bound for heavens gate
Where my feet will stand on holy ground
I am bound for glory".
As Christians, we are bound for heaven. Sometimes heaven is referred to as "glory". I think that Romans 6:19-23 explains that phrase "I am free because I'm bound" beautifully. Here it is in the New International Version:
"I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Sin does not lead to life, or freedom. Sin leads to death. But being bound to God leads to holiness, Christlikeness and ultimately eternal life. Thanks be to God!
Take a listen to "Bound for Glory" below.