Meta. A thought of redemption, freedom, liberation from error; it leads to escape from sense bondage but is not yet free from the idea of serving God by keeping outer commandments and ordinances, and is still ruled to a certain extent by the outer elements and the inner animal forces--a bond servant under the law (one of the Nethinim). This Padon thought has not yet come into the true liberty of sonship with God (see Gal. 4:1-7), though it has brought forth fruit (ideas springing from it) that has become freed from the sense confusion that Babylon symbolizes (escape, deliverance, his descendants returned from the Babylonian captivity) and if continued in it will lead to the perfect liberty of the sons of God. "For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage" (Gal. 5:1).