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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

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May, 2016 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Forced Servitude!”

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Slavery is described as, “The enforced servitude of a person or group of people.” A slave does not enjoy personal rights, and is the property of another through birth, purchase, or capture. Servitude has always been a word that sits as bile in the throats of all whom it applies. Wars have been fought to stop it; many men have died trying to escape it.

Yet, the Apostle Paul describes that every man and woman are in servitude to the supreme enslaver of mankind; SIN! How can men understand the horrible and demeaning practice of slavery, yet willingly submit themselves to servitude? The answer lies in the fact that this one task master is not visible to the untrained eye. Sin works in anonymity on the uneducated, unbelieving, and the unconcerned; however, note what the Lord would say about this:

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

So, how do we know what this slavery truly is? What are the results of ignoring the consequences? It is obvious that we must ask and answer some very important questions!

What is Sin?

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

Servitude to sin is brought about by many specific things; however, universally it all adds up to one simple understanding; it is brought about by the refusal to recognize God and seek His desires for our lives. In a life of servitude to sin, our desires to seek the will of the Creator is replaced with a desire for temporal and temporary things of this world, note:

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

All sin is against God; thus sin separates us from God. This separation is the origin of our enforced servitude. When we sin and separate ourselves from God, we become servants of Satan and the realm of sin that he reigns over. This servitude, if not broken, leads the individual enslaved to it, to death. This death is described through the word of God as eternal separation from the presence of God and the accompanied suffering of the soul that comes with it.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”

The Apostle John would describe God as light (truth), and in Him is no darkness (sin); thus, if one walks in darkness, this person cannot be in fellowship with God! This is regardless of how good a person deems himself, as sin is lawlessness against God, and the slave of sin can deem himself anything, but if he does not know his Creator or his Creators laws, he has chosen a path of sin!

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

When the Lord came to this world in the form of man, there were many who claimed to love God through the Law of Moses; however, their works were contrary to their stated love.

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

This enforces the fact that man cannot deem himself free from sin, or demand anything of God to ignore it; sin is contrary to the purpose for our existence!

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”

 

How Do We Avoid Sin?

Ephesians 2:1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins”

Here the Apostle Paul would describe to these Christians that they were once dead, but are now alive. The death described here is a death in trespass and sin that separates from God, as we have already described. We see; however, that these Ephesian Christians had escaped this death, they found freedom from forced servitude. Now that is good news!

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ

As Paul introduces this letter to these who have escaped death from the servitude of sin, he additionally gives insight to the good news that sanctioned it. Paul says that it took place by being in Christ.

Since they are alive now, the transformation to freedom from servitude of sin had to have taken place in the past tense. The Apostle Paul first came to Ephesus in Acts 18:19-20; however, he did not stay at this time. He would return after this during the third preaching journey and he would stay for about three years. Acts 19:1-10; 20:31. It was during this extended time that he would bring the good news about freedom, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel began to be preached after Jesus came to this earth to create a way for man to be free.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

There was a great price offered up before God in order to buy us back from our slavery.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.””

The Gospel of Jesus’ victory over death and His coronation to be the King of Kings over our salvation began to be preached first in Jerusalem over two thousand years ago, and men have been hearing it and coming to God through Christ Jesus in freedom since, all by the precedence setting standard established in the beginning and continuing to this day.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

In addition to the removal of sin, which causes slavery, this was also the method by which these who had their sins removed also became IN Christ.

Galatians 3:26-27 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

From the day of Pentecost to every place that the Gospel (good news) concerning freedom in Christ was preached, men and women were made alive in Christ the same way – Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 5:26; Colossians 2:11-13; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:21.

This simple act of faith places an individual In Christ and blesses us with all spiritual blessings that are provided by God through Christ Jesus for continued life and godliness (2 Peter 1:1-4).

This principle then embodies the life of those released from this harmful servitude and they engage in every effort never to return to it.

Romans 6:17-18 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

So, like the Ephesians, we must first find the absolution of our previous sins, then we must depart from a life of looking for iniquity, which describes the transformational process and power of the teaching of Jesus Christ. We then learn to walk (live) in love, light, and wisdom (Ephesians 5:1-21).

What is the Incentive?

Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Will you remain willfully in forced servitude leading to death? Can you, who knowingly hate brutal slavery, remain in it? Be free In Christ and live for the freedom and true promises of life with God.

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses”

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