Monday, January 09, 2017

Devotional: A Slave Yet Free

1 Peter 2:16 (NASB)

 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond-slaves of God.

Here is a paradox in Scripture.  In Galatians 5:1 it says, "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery."  Yet in numerous passages, Paul calls himself and others blond slaves or bond servants of Jesus Christ.  The verse above tells us to act as free men, but use our freedom as bond-slaves of God.
How can we be free and slaves at the same time?  Let's take a look.
We are set free from....
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

We are to be a slave to....

Romans 6:22
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

What do slaves do?
They obey their masters.  Scripture tells us to be obedient to God.  

What are the benefits of slavery to God?
1. Freedom from sin
2. Sanctification
3. Eternal life

We are free people as Christians, because we are free from the bondage of sin and death.  Yet, we are slaves of Christ to obey and honor Him, but the benefits are so well worth it!  It's not slavery with drudgery.  It's slavery with thanksgiving for all that we have been freed from and all that we have to look forward to!  Thankful obedience.

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