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Slaves versus Bondservants of God

July 17, 2012

All men are born into slavery.  We come into this world already bound by sin inheriting the curse of the first Adam.  We come with a sinful nature and do not even have to be taught how to sin.  It is our natural state.  It is only by the gift of God,  giving us faith and providing access into His grace that any person is saved and given their freedom.

The early church and all the disciples considered themselves slaves and bond servants of the Lord.  This can be seen in essentially ever single epistle and letter.  Go check it out yourself but I show you just a few below.

Jude 1:1  Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:

James 1:1  James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Notice also who the Apostles were addressing in these epistles.  These letters were written to the saints called by God.   They are not writing to anyone and everyone in the world.  They are writing this letter to the brethren who are only the ELECT of God.  The Elect are those that GOD HIMSELF has called, chosen, sanctified and given true faith.  Go read it is all right there in the salutations of all these epistles.  Collectively as James says in his opening, these letters are written to Spiritual Israel and the 12 tribes scattered all throughout this world.

I too am a bondservant of Jesus Christ now,  having been enslaved to Him by the power of God’s election.   I now write to this post to those similarly called and chosen of the Lord.   I know there are many on the cusp of the door that is Christ.  God willing  by the foolishness of my preaching on this glorious gospel may God bring more into the sheep pen and give this precious gift of faith.

ALL MEN ARE SLAVES

Psalm 51:5  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

All men are born into sin from birth.   None is good, no one not one.  As we can readily see in Jeremiah 18 and Romans 8, the Potter has chosen to make us twice and all creation is purposefully marred from the start.  This is all God’s design, done on purpose.   You must be Born Again to enter into His Kingdom.  Yet it all remains in the hands and timing of the Potter.  Man has no free will to choose God.  Faith is a gift.

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.

Jesus is the deliverer.  He delivers us from the kingdom of darkness and sets us free from the slavery we were all born into.  This is everywhere in the Bible for those given eyes to see it and ears to hear the words of God written in the Scriptures.  This indeed is the message in Ephesians 2.

Ephesians 2:1-2  And you hath HE quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Who quickened us?  Who delivered us from this bondage?  It was all of God.  The carnal mind just refuses to accept the truth that it is enslaved and truly is a piece of clay in the hands of an Almighty God.  This has been a recurring theme in recent posts yet I feel more is needed and God will use these words to quicken life to some that will read and believe this good news gospel.    The ministry of Jesus Christ was to come set the captives, the slaves to sin free.  This is a glorious work of God and is all of grace and not the choice of any man.  It is all ordained of the Lord.

Romans 6:16  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

These are the words the Lord spoke when commencing His ministry and quoting from the prophecy of Isaiah in Luke 4.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives (SLAVES TO SIN)
And recovery of sight to the blind, (SPIRITUALLY BLIND)

Romans 6 is a great chapter which speaks to this conversion from a slave to sin to a slave to righteousness.  All of this is a wonderful gift from a good God who in His mercy saves us all in the appointed time.  It is never our own strength, initiative or choice to stop being a slave to sin.  It is all the work of God.  It is a gift to a chosen few.

Romans 6:20-23  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

WE DO NOT CHOOSE TO BECOME SLAVES OF GOD.  A SLAVE HAS NO SUCH ABILITY TO MAKE THE CHANGE.

The Fallacy of Free Will

Those that teach man’s free will are not in the true faith.  They truly are unbelievers and antichrists.  Such also teach of an eternal torment in hell which is a damnable heresy that denies the sovereign Lord who has already purchased all men through the shed blood on the cross.  I have had to stop engaging in their frivolous arguments.  Such men cannot even hear the word of God because they are not of God and are of their father the devil.  Jesus had a conversation with those that believed on him but were not chosen of God.  These professing Christians would not admit they were slaves to sin.  They were very self righteous just like the modern day versions, many of which used to post on this blog.

John 8:33 They answered Him, “ We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

But Jesus did not mince words with them.  They attacked the true gospel and could not hear the words Jesus spoke or have any understanding.  They were shut up into spiritual darkness as Jesus told them plainly.

John 8:47  He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.

They scoffed and mocked Jesus and accused him of being evil and having a demon.  I have been accused of the very same things over the past month.  I rejoice to share in the suffering and persecutions of my Lord Jesus.  Mine accusers just like those of Jesus’s day know not what they are doing.

We are all born and conceived in sin, brought into this world in a weak body of sinful flesh.  This was God’s purpose all along to remake us and rebirth us into a child of the kingdom.  We have to learn righteousness and know good from evil.  This is why the Lord told Adam You Shall Surely Die.  But men do not understand what God was saying until their appointed time.  Only a very few, an escaped remnant, being called the chosen and Elect will find the truth in this life.  The rest in the ages to come.

ECC 7:20  For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin

Romans 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

God set it up this way.  Everyone needs a Savior.  If the righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled by us in our natural born state, then there was no reason to send Jesus to die for all of mankind.  NONE.  But a carnal man cannot accept this and his mind is hostile to the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  Christ did not die in vain and all men shall be saved in the end.  You still don’t believe what God has said in the Scriptures?  Consider some more of how we come into this world and God works it all out in His time.

1 COR 15:42-45  The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see the truth?  It is staring you right in the face in these Scriptures.  But make no mistake, before God comes and plucks you out of spiritual darkness, all men are slaves to sin.  They cannot help by practice sin, it is their very nature.  It is what slaves to sin do ,  they sin!  You can put on all kinds of forms of godliness and external religion but inside such an unconverted person will be full of dead men’s bones.  Death will still be working in them.

God has to deliver us from are slavery to sin.  We are helpless to do so on our own power and initiative.  It is only by His will that we can be set free of our slavery .

Oh praise God for His Mighty Deliverance granted unto those He chooses.  He alone can lead us out of this bondage and instantly set us free.  This is accomplished by the gift of faith which gives us access to this grace of God in which we the true saints now stand.

When one is truly Born Again by God’s choosing and the Spirit is poured out.  They are free.  A slave will know that he has been set free.  The burden will all of sudden be light and the yoke will be easy.  The shackles of sin will come off.  Hallelujah.  Let freedom ring.

John 8:35  a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore IF the Son MAKES you free, you shall be free indeed.

The religious carnal man will never see this glorious truth of freedom granted by the Lord’s election.  They will look hard and cling to a few passages of Scripture to nullify the thousand that speak to this glorious truth of God’s grace and election.  Here is one often used as the proof text for a slave deciding on their own to be free.

Joshua 24:14-16  Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

What a great Scripture and yes my house will serve this Lord!  But what this refers  is after we are delivered out of the hands of the enemy,  not before,  then and only then do we have a choice as a free man.  We can be led astray back into bondage if we follow men or the gods of this world who will tempt us with its lusts.  So yes slaves once freed will continue to be tempted.  But we will choose to follow God and be led by His Spirit and will forsake the ways of the world and the religious traditions of men.

My Religious Escapades

I grew up believing in the free will of man to choose God.  It was all I was ever taught and this supposed truth was reinforced thousands of times in my life’s experiences.  You hear a lie often enough you will believe it when you take it to heart.  I had even made several altar calls over the years even going to down at a Billy Graham crusade once in the 1980s.

But I was never saved despite saying prayers and being told welcome to the Kingdom of God.  I was given assurance that I was a child of God and had received the Holy Spirit based on the actions I chose to take on those days.  Yet nothing ever changed.  I left the arena or the church the same person I was coming in, albeit with an emotional experience and a carnal understanding of a God who I was told loves me.  I took solace that because of my choice, I would now be spare an eternal punishment in hell.

But the emotional buzz always wore off.  I was not free.  I was still bound by sin.  I did not believe in the report of Isaiah that Jesus has already paid the price for all mean.  My sin always came back along with new ones.  Where was this voice of the Holy Spirit I was supposed to be hearing?  Where was this fruit I was supposed to be bearing in full measure?  I was not delivered as a slave,  I was merely deceived which is where the multitudes are camped out today.  Epecially the self righteous Pharisees that populate the Internet and make a ministry of accusing other people.

It was not delivered from my bondage.  The salvation so confidently promised to me by big men on the stage had not yet come.  I was the same person.  I came to realize in God’s appointed time for me, that I was not saved .  While God certainly had a heavy hand in those events and my actions,  directing all of my steps.  This was all just prep work for God to arrive at the point He decided long ago before the world began, when I would come to know of His true salvation.

Matthew 20:16   Many are called but few are chosen

Set Free From Sin & Fear

The same mistake a carnal man makes in believing in free will, also leads him to believe he can stop sinning on his own choosing by striving hard in his flesh.  This is such folly and is a virtual dead-end on a treadmill that will exhaust one and lead to frustration and ultimately failure.  There are many people who live their whole lives trying to be good, and out of fear avoid this eternal hell they have been taught,  yet they never ever find any lasting peace or joy.  Such have not the love of God in their heart and will bear a spirit of judgment and condemnation and be the antithesis of love your neighbor as yourselves.  They will have a form of godliness but deny the power of God to transform them into a new creation.  They will always think it is up to them and what they do and what they decide.  Such foolishness.  These do not believe the gospel.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Sadly the yoke of these people is anything but easy.  Life is a bitch it seems and then they die.  They never find it, they miss the prince of peace, many by 1,000 miles.  They run a treadmill looking for this promised peace and never finding it.  They are not the chosen of God.  Many religious people are like this having been indoctrinated into the traditions of men and the external acts of religion.  Yet the true holiness of love is never produced in their heart and in their lives.   Instead their tree bears the fruit of briars and thorns, things like hate, envy, pride, strife, contentions, disputing, self-righteousness, covetousness, bitterness and the like.

Paul spoke about being a slave to sin in Romans 7 speaking of his helplessness to do what he wanted to do.  I lived a very long time caught and snared in this Romans 7 trap and could never escape until the Lord rescued me in my appointed time in June 2012 at age 56.  If most people are honest, they will know this speaks to them today.

Romans 7:16-20For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

I was a wretched man and I still am in my carnal state.  This is why I must follow and be led of the Spirit of God.  This Spirit was given to me as a gift of love from the Father, who richly poured out His love into my heart.  If I follow my flesh, I will still sin and even since my conversion this has been proven to me.  But as a child of the Kingdom, my Father is quick to correct me and keep me on His narrow path.  Most professing to be of the faith are without this discipline and are not yet sons, they are illegitimate.

The entire story of Israel and their rescue from Egypt and the journey to the promise land is an example of the path of salvation for all men.  All must come to recognize they are slaves and cry out to the Lord asking for mercy.  He will hear the cries of those He has chosen and will come to the rescue.  This is my testimony and my healing speaks for itself.  The foolish Galatians quickly forget the lesson on slavery and sought to return to their former bondage under the law of sin and death.  Paul corrected them harshly.

Galatians 4:9  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

His burden truly is light.  Those in the faith are not under the law but grace.  We have truly been set free in more ways than a carnal minded Christian can grasp.  There is no way for them to see it as the power and greatness of our God will always be limited and denied by them.  All of us have been there and done that so to speak with our sinful pasts.  Most are still enslaved yet they will deny it in their pride and forms of godliness.  They foolishly believe that as a slave they can actually free themselves.  A slave has no such ability or power to free themselves, but that thought never resonates with their proud heart.

Titus 3:3  For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

All of salvation and freeing one from the power of sin is all the work and election of an Almighty God.  It will happen in the appointed time and all of us will one day be free from sin 100% and bowing and worshipping the Lamb together.  But sadly most of my former friends and associates are still ensnared into bondage and this glorious gospel is truly veiled from their eyes.  Slaves cannot see, they are blindfolded to the gospel.

2 COR 4:3-4  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 

The many are perishing.  Those who have hears will hear these truths and receive this confirmation in their heart.  No more fear.  It is gone.  Instead we receive power and the boldness to cry out Abba to our Father in heaven.  We are not slaves any more.  We are sons and daughters of the kingdom.  Our inheritance is guaranteed!  It was all the work of God sending the Spirit into our bodies of flesh.

Galatians 4:6  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, yes He has.  The flesh of those He has chosen.  AMEN.  We can now live with full assurance and confidence of our adoption in the wonderful Kingdom of God.  We can cry out Abba Father and know He desires to give good things to His children.  Man this gospel is good when you are so blessed to see it.

Romans 8:15  For we did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

This spirit of bondage is cast out.  The spirit of heaviness departs and we receive a spirit of praise instead.  These are the wedding garments of salvation.  There is much more I would like to share in due time about slavery and being set free.  Know that false teachers will keep men enslaved to sin.  They will teach unbelief and deny the power of God to set us free.  They will be jealous and envious of the freedom we have in Christ.  Such heretics use fear, especially of this demonic doctrine of an eternal hell to keep people from coming to the light that is Christ.

There are two covenants as Paul described in Galatians 4.  Those of the covenant with the bondwoman Hagar are far more numerous than those of the free woman Sarah.  Many are called but indeed only a few are chosen.  If you are free by the grace of God rejoice my friend, rejoice.

Do not be deceived any more by these false teachers who have secretly come into the professing body of believers to try to put you back into bondage to the law.  It is finished.  Live in your freedom without fear and put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh and its lusts thereof.   Put to work the gift that God has planted in you.  Stir up this gift and go preach this good news and glad tidings to all men.  Pay no attention to the heretics and religious Pharisees who will speak evil of you.  Live to please your Father in heaven and not men.

Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of faith and the blessing of eternal life in you.  We give you thanks for freeing us from our slavery and making us free and giving us a heart for service in your kingdom.  May we serve you as a bondservant yet know we are a true son or daughter and have full access to your throne of mercy and grace.  Pour out your love Father and fill us anew daily so we can be a river of living waters to those you put into our paths.

Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to freedom; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

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