Slaves of Sin
“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. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
Romans 6:16-17 (NKJV)
Slavery is horrendous and evil. It started with Adam and Eve being taken captive to Satan the Devil by his lies. However, before the foundation of the world, God prepared a Lamb to be sacrificed on our behalf—His beloved Son (John 3:16-17). Every year the Lamb of God, Christ our Passover, reminds us of His death on the cross as we partake of the emblems of bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper, representing His broken body and shed blood, for He became sin for us as we read in 2 Corinthians 5:21.
The whole world is under captivity of the devil and the world does not know it (1 John 5:19). It is a spiritual captivity. But on the physical level, mankind has experienced slavery under human taskmasters. We have the example of Joseph who was sold by his brothers to Midianite traders, who sold him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, a captain of guards in Genesis 39:1. Later on Israel became slaves of the Pharaoh who oppressed them and treated them very harshly (Exodus 3:9-10). God delivered them through Moses as we are delivered through the Lord Jesus from the slavery of sin and bondage of the devil.
There are historical records showing that that slavery was rife 200-300 years ago. Africans sold their African brothers to white slave masters, who treated them despicably and herded them into the ships like sardines. On the surface slavery was abolished by the legislative slave trade act in 1824, but in reality slavery goes on silently in many nations. EDOF Organization and CNN cable news have revealed that there are 30 million slaves across the world and they are trying to help some. It is also called human trafficking for sex and forced labour for greedy masters. EDOF and CNN organised a movement for the Day of the Freedom on the 14th of March 2017. Many were interviewed and gave their various comments when asked what freedom meant to them.
For me it is the greatest Freedom I have from slavery of sin and bondage of the devil through Jesus Christ my Lord, who paid the ransom on my behalf by shedding His precious blood. I am made free by the Truth, by Jesus who is the Truth. Jesus said in John 8:34 and 36, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Jesus is our Master, but He is not a taskmaster. In fact, He gave His life for us and calls us His friends (John 15:15). In Him we are free, neither Jew or gentiles, male or female, neither slave or free, but are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). Praise God.
Abba, Father, thank you for giving us freedom from the slavery of sin and Satan through Jesus, your Son. In His name I come before your throne to praise you. You are worthy of honour.
Study by Natu Moti
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