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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Freed to be Christ's Servant

“22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. “ (1 Corinthians 7:22-23 New International Version).

On this July 4th holiday weekend, let’s remember how we were bought with a price, how the precious blood of Jesus was shed so that you and I could live a life free from the shackles and condemnation of sin. “1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1 NIV).

As we are setting off fireworks, laughing and having good times with family and friends, grilling and breaking bread together, let’s take a moment to remember that it is because of Jesus that we are able to have these good times, good meals, good relationships. It is because of Jesus that we are not somewhere caught up in our sin and condemned to an eternal hell.

If you belong to Christ and are caught up in sin, your freedom has already been purchased. If you think it’s too late for you, that you’ve done too much wrong, that you keep being disobedient to GOD’s will for your life time and time again, if you think that all hope for your redemption is gone, that is a lie from the mouth of satan, the father of lies (John 8:44).

The truth is, like the Corinthians scripture above states, you’ve already been bought. Your freedom has been paid for. When we were slaves on the auction block, Christ came and laid down his life. His redeeming blood on a hill called Calvary was shed for you and me. He bought every last one of us. It already happened. It cannot be undone.

The only thing satan can do is get you to not believe in it. Remember, he is the father of lies. Lying is his main language. He does not know how to tell the truth. His lies seem real. They are believable. They will blind us. “4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV).

Are you an unbeliever? This article is your flashlight illuminating the truth of your purchased freedom. Are you a believer? Confess your sin; be forgiven and cleansed (1 John 1:9).

Let’s examine 1 Corinthians 7:22-23 more closely. Verse 22 says, “22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.” Paul is writing to the church in Corinth around A.D. 55. This is a time when slavery is common. He is telling the slave that they are free in the LORD. What does that mean?

If I’m a slave, I’m looking at my situation and saying that I don’t have the freedom to leave my master. I don’t have the freedom to stop doing this hard work day after day for free. What does he mean saying I’m free in the LORD?

Paul is saying that when a slave has been called to the faith, that means they heard the gospel, believed it, confessed Christ and were saved. When this happens, they have been freed from an eternal life in hell. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2 NIV).

There is now no condemnation for believers. No one can condemn us or pronounce us guilty for committing sin and receiving the consequence which is death and hell. Jesus paid the price for our sin. We have been set free from the law that said sin requires the death penalty. So, a slave is free not from their master, but from hell and a life of bondage to sin. They are now free to follow Christ and live as GOD wills.

The second part of verse 22 says that a person who was called to the faith as a free person is now a slave of Christ. This means those who were never enslaved to an earthly master are now enslaved to a heavenly one. The death that Jesus experienced to save us from hell was a high price to pay, higher than we may ever know or be able to fully understand. That price He paid made us His slaves at the moment we accepted Him. That was the agreement. Be My slave, be obedient, live a life of love and service. If we did not accept the agreement, eternal hell was our future and a life filled with no hope. We have been freed to serve.

Verse 23 says, “ 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.” We’ve discussed the invaluable price Christ paid for us by shedding His blood; the most valuable currency in existence. Because we have been bought at this high price that immediately tells us that GOD and Christ deem us to be valuable. They deem us to be worth the sacrifice. Wow! Let that sink in. GOD and Christ believe that you and I were worth dying for. Gospel artist Anthony Brown penned an outstanding song talking about this very thing called Worth. GOD thought we were worth saving. How could we not serve HIM? The natural response is gratitude. We live because Christ died.

So, Paul is admonishing them to not be the slaves of other human beings when you have been purchased by Jesus. We belong to Him now. To Paul’s audience, though some may have still been enslaved, Paul is saying it is now more important to obey Christ than their earthly masters. Faith under bondage. Not an easy thing by any means. Yet, if the reality remains that we belong to Christ, then our lives are in His hands. If the slaves got into trouble for doing what GOD said over what their master said, Paul was saying trust the GOD who saved you to keep you.

May we receive that same message and trust the GOD who saved us to keep us when we obey Him over our boss, parents, or anyone else who has authority over us. Jesus said it like this,

“26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26 NIV).

We are to put no one above Christ. Carrying our cross means we put nothing before Christ, not even ourselves. That struggle of not my will, but GOD’s be done in my life is the daily journey of the follower of Christ. But, here’s the encouragement: “4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NIV).

GOD lives in us! He is called the Holy Spirit. He is greater than all the temptation, struggle, pain, sickness; He is greater than all the impossibilities in our lives, praise GOD!

Be encouraged on this Independence Day weekend, Family. We have been freed from sin and eternal hell, to serve Christ and be victorious in this life and the next.

“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 NIV). Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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