To Be a Slave

This statement, ‘to be a slave,’ is something most folks do not care to read or know about, OR has such a stench to it that many simply do not wish to read. But, what about this?, 15 “What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19 I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. 21 So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:15-23 HCSB. Everyone who is spiritually born-again by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ was a slave to sin, but ‘became slaves of righteousness” because of His Grace. Indeed, we Followers of Jesus Christ ARE His possessions.

In the New Testament, the Greek word translated as ‘bondservant’ is most often used to denote a total commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and does not carry the ugliness implied by human slavery. Paul begins most of his letters as “a servant of Christ Jesus.” James and Jude who are the human brothers of the Christ and legitimately call themselves “slaves of Christ,” and James writes as “a slave God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:1.

The importance of these inspired authors calling themselves slaves should not be underestimated. By proclaiming a message of freedom from sin in Jesus Christ, these writers were completely loyal to Jesus as their soul and sole Master. We must also view their unwavering commitment to the Lord that they would never consider leaving. These first century Christians served Him alone and could not, would not ever think about abandoning their Master for another.

Personally, I understand my commitment to Jesus Christ as a bondservant is legitimately associated with these early Christians who oftentimes faced persecution that we cannot understand as do many across our world today. Traditional writings record that Peter, Paul, and James died horrible and tragic deaths because of their solemn oaths to follow Jesus.

In our day and time, especially in America, the Church in the U.S.A. may have forgotten that we were bought with an enormous price of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross! If you really consider yourself a born-again Believer of Jesus Christ, His cost for your spiritual freedom is eternally secure in Him alone.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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