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Loyal
Monday, July 31, 2017, 12:31 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Courageous.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read various scriptures (in the ESV) on the subject of being faithful to God.

Found Faithful (1 Co. 4:1-2)

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.​

When we trust in Jesus Christ to be Lord (master-owner) and Savior of our lives, we become his servants, i.e. his bond-slaves. Bond-slaves are “without any ownership rights of their own.” They are “believers who willingly live under Christ's authority as His devoted followers” (1). Our lives are no longer our own to be lived however we want, for Jesus Christ bought us back for God with his blood shed on a cross for our redemption. Therefore, we are to honor God with our lives and no longer live to please our flesh.

We are not saved from our sins merely to give us an escape from hell and to promise us heaven when we die. Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. He died that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us. He who knew no sin became sin for us on that cross in order that we might become the righteousness of God. Therefore, we are obligated (required) to be faithful to our Lord and to his will for our lives, and to no longer live to gratify our sinful desires (See: Ro. 8:12-14; 1 Pet. 2:24; 2 Co. 5:15, 21).

Fruit of Spirit (Gal. 5:19-24)

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.​

When we believe in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, via being crucified with Christ in death to sin, and being resurrected with Christ, of the Spirit of God, to newness of life, the Holy Spirit of God comes to live within us. And, he lives within us to empower, strengthen, equip, encourage, teach us and guide us in the ways of the Lord and in order that we might live holy lives pleasing unto God. Because God now lives within us in the person of his Spirit, the fruit (result) of Christ living his life out through us is love, joy, peace… faithfulness, etc. In other words, being faithful to God should be the natural outgrowth of a life committed to Christ and to his service.

Thus, if we truly belong to Christ, we should have crucified (put to death) the flesh (sin nature) with its passions and desires. Things such as sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, fits of anger, envy, drunkenness and things like these should no longer be a part of our lives. They should no longer have a hold on us, and we should not be controlled by (addicted to) them, for Jesus Christ set us free from slavery (bondage) to sin. Instead, we should walk according to the Spirit and then we will not gratify the cravings of our sinful flesh.

Unto Death (Rev. 2:10)

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.​

Some people like to have a “Me-Me” attitude about God’s grace to us, as though it is all about what Jesus Christ does for us, and as though nothing at all is required of us other than some non-descript “belief” in Jesus. Yet, that is not the gospel taught by Jesus or by his NT apostles, but it is a man-made gospel intended to appeal to and appease human flesh.

But, YES, Jesus did die on a cross in order that he might take our punishment for sin for us, but that is not the whole story. He died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. He died to deliver us out of slavery to sin, not just so he would expunge the punishment of our sins. Coming to faith in Jesus Christ is not just a get-out-of-jail-free card, but it is a life committed to Christ and to his service and to obedience to his instructions and to his will for our lives.

So, when we believe in Jesus, and he becomes our Lord (owner-master) and we become his bond-slaves, and our lives are no longer our own to be lived how we want, we submit to him and to his will for our lives. We die with him to sin and self, and we willingly lay down our lives for his service, too. We go where he says to go, we do what he says to do, and we say what he tells us to say, even if it gets us hated, rejected, persecuted or even killed in return.

Faithful People (2 Tim. 2:1-7)

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.​

So, we must be faithful in service to our Lord, in being who he wants us to be, and in doing and saying what he commands, yet we must also disciple others to also be his faithful servants (See: Matt. 28:18-20). Yet, not everyone will want to become his disciples, even many who profess to believe in him, because they don’t want to give up their own lives to serve Christ, but they are comfortable just living how they want. They just want their religion, but not at the cost of having to yield to the Lord and to obey what he says. They want to pick and choose what they will or will not do in service to God, and faithfulness to God is not what interests them. So, we need the Lord to lead us to willing disciples who will be found faithful.

Faithfulness to our Lord, though, means sharing in the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. It means we will be hated, rejected, abandoned, persecuted and even killed for our faith in Jesus Christ and for our testimonies for him and for his gospel. We, thus, will not immerse ourselves in the culture of our society, but we will immerse ourselves in our Lord and in his holiness and righteousness, and in his service, even unto death.

Yet, this takes courage and strength from the Lord to remain faithful to him despite all opposing forces coming against us. So, we need to keep trusting our Lord, no matter how bad it gets, knowing that he will work all things together for good for those who love him, and who have been called according to his purpose. So, keep the faith, rely on the strength and wisdom of God, stand firm on the Word of Truth, do not be silent, and keep on serving your Lord.

Courageous! / An Original Work / December 24, 2013
Based off Various Scriptures

The Word of God throughout taught.
Some people heard, but did doubt.
Still others had faith in Christ.
By grace He purified them.

They turned from sin
And they obeyed Christ.
He opened up their blinded eyesight;
Turned them from darkness
To the true Light;
Forgave their sin by His might.

He strengthened them in their faith.
He said, “Remain my faithful.”
He called them to obedience.
By faith, they were so grateful.

By faith, they were to follow Jesus;
To daily sit and listen to Him;
To have such faith
That mountains could move;
To love those whom He gave them.

Be on your guard; courageous.
Stand firm in faith. Be thankful.
Take up the shield of your faith;
Protect against all evil.

Do not move from
The hope that you have.
Your faith in Jesus let it endure.
Hold to the truth;
Your conscience be clear.
Endure with perseverance.


(1) Strong's Greek: 1401. δοῦλος (doulos) -- a slave
 
Loyal
I notice in Matt 25 (the parable of the talents) there are three servants in the Master's house. These aren't just any servants in any house... they have been accepted
into the Master's household. Those who aren't in His household... aren't "His" servants. But even those in His household aren't all "faithful" servants.
It seems there are two types of servants in this house.

Matt 25:21; "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

The first is a "good and faithful" type. Jesus tells this one "well done!"
The second is similar to the first.

Matt 25:23; "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

He is also "good and faithful" and Jesus also tells him "well done!"
But finally we get to the third servant. Things aren't quite the same with him.

Matt 25:26; "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.

Instead of "good and faithful"... he is called wicked and lazy. I wonder how many wicked and lazy servants are in His house today? Instead of telling that
servants "well done" He tells him something different. A servant (or slave) who doesn't work really isn't much use as a servant.

Matt 25:30; "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This type of servant is called "worthless". The words here are slightly different from "well done". (It has been joked that the place he is going will
make him "well-done".) This parable is also in Luke 19:11-27; The thing is.. a servant (or slave) has a master. Someone to rule over them.
Some people are "free souls" who don't wants anyone to reign over them. The parable in Luke ends this way...

Luke 19:27; "But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence."

There are tares in the Master's garden. Not just any garden.. the Master's garden. ( Matt 13:24-30; )
There are bad fish in the Master's net. Not just any net.. the Master's net. ( Matt 13:47-50; )
There are trees in the Master's vineyard that refuse to produce fruit. ( Luke 13:6-9; ) would the master waste fertilizer on a tree that wasn't His?
.. and of course... there are wicked and lazy servants in the master's house.

I apologize for going off a little on a side-track here. But this is a question more than anything.

Matt 25:26; "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.

Luke 19:21; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.'
Luke 19:22; "He *said to him, 'By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?

These verses seem to indicate that Jesus expects some return from places that He Himself did not sow or reap.
Now I understand He is the vine and we are the branches, we can't do anything without Him. But even with His help.. is it possible He expects
us to do the rest?

Matt 9:37; Then He *said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Matt 9:38; "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."

Without the workers.. would there even be a harvest? It may be that people can only come to Jesus if the Father "draws" them. ( John 6:44; )
But does He use workers to help "sow" the harvest?

Rom 10:13; for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."
Rom 10:14; How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15; How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"

Rom 10:17; So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
 
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My bible (kjv) doesnt say slave, it says servant. A servant is different from a slave.

The parable of the sower shows some people received the word on bad soil, and then weeds grew up around them and choked them out, the weeds are worldly cares.

Unfortunately many people that believe let these weeds grow and set seed instead of cultivating good soil (of our hearts) but also because they dont know, or are not taught, to weed and how to create new soil.

I have 'bad' soil at home, its clay. You can not grow anything without preparing this soil as its rock hard in sunmer and a muddy mess in winter and that takes time and work...and lots of gypsum and compost! Good soil is loam.

I dont think its any good lambasting others for not following Jesus when they have received the word but its been overtaken by weeds or snatched away from them. These people need a heart transplant. They need our prayers, and they also need to know how to garden.
 
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Loyal
My bible (kjv) doesnt say slave, it says servant. A servant is different from a slave.
@Lanolin - Our English translations do not always do justice to the original Greek words or their verb tenses, for that matter. In most cases, in scripture, in the NT, where you see the phrase "servant of Christ" the word is doulos, which means slave or bond-slave. You can read about it here: Strong's Greek: 1401. δοῦλος (doulos) -- a slave. There are a few cases where other words are used which are translated "servant" and not "slave." But, from my research I discovered that doulos is used most frequently in this context. And, that is the context in which I was using it in this writing, i.e. that as believers in Jesus Christ we are his bond-slaves and he is our Lord (owner-master). We are also slaves to righteousness (See: Ro. 6:1-23).
 
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@Lanolin - Our English translations do not always do justice to the original Greek words or their verb tenses, for that matter. In most cases, in scripture, in the NT, where you see the phrase "servant of Christ" the word is doulos, which means slave or bond-slave. You can read about it here: Strong's Greek: 1401. δοῦλος (doulos) -- a slave. There are a few cases where other words are used which are translated "servant" and not "slave." But, from my research I discovered that doulos is used most frequently in this context. And, that is the context in which I was using it in this writing, i.e. that as believers in Jesus Christ we are his bond-slaves and he is our Lord (owner-master). We are also slaves to righteousness (See: Ro. 6:1-23).
Then why did you write faithful servant? You should have put faithful slave.

I know there is difference between a slave and a servant, in english anyway. I thought americans also knew this, since they have a history of slavery in their own nation. Or do they say the african americans were the white peoples servants? It seems like they didnt have much choice and were treated badly. When you are a servant, you do have a choice I have been a civil servant, not a slave. If anyone treats me like a slave, I will not serve them.

Jesus rewards us by saying well done, good and faithful servants. I have never heard of him treating anyone like a slave. Its satan who treats his followers like slaves.

Dolous means servant.

Sometimes you need to check just plain greek dictionaries, I have found that strongs concordances often will have bias in it, people use that to justify all sorts of crazy definitions. For example if something doesnt match up, people will say well actually the greek word means this and this and the Bible was mistranslated. You read it wrong. Well it wasnt. KJV was very careful to translate each and every word to its true meaning.

That is why in some parts of it they would add italics to show where there wasnt ONE english word for the greek or hebrew, two or three words together showed the meaning. In english this happens a bit esp with phrasal verbs.

Check out Romans 8:15-21

How does that account for being a bond slave...it doesnt. We are adopted as his children and co heirs wirh Christ. Even Jesus says I no longer call you my servants but my friends.

In Christ we have liberty, not bondage, this doesnt mean people are using grace as a means of doing whatever they want. We arent called to bondage all over again and need to become super religious legalists instead. Paul was very clear about that, esp in Galatians. If we are serving, we do it willingly.
 
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Loyal
Check out Romans 8:15-21

How does that account for being a bond slave...it doesnt. We are adopted as his children and co heirs wirh Christ. Even Jesus says I no longer call you my servants but my friends.

In Christ we have liberty, not bondage, this doesnt mean people are using grace as a means of doing whatever they want. We arent called to bondage all over again and need to become super religious legalists instead. Paul was very clear about that, esp in Galatians. If we are serving, we do it willingly.
Romans 6:17-20: But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

1 Co. 6:19-20: Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Jesus Christ is the Lord of our lives when we believe in him. Lord: “kýrios – properly, a person exercising absolute ownership rights; lord (Lord)” - Strong's Greek: 2962. κύριος (kurios) -- lord, master

Romans 8:12-14: So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— or if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

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@Lanolin - When we believe in Jesus Christ, he becomes our Lord. As Lord, he is now owner-master of our lives. We are no longer our own, for we were bought back for God with the price of Jesus' blood shed on a cross for our sins. We choose to believe in Jesus, but that belief means we now submit to his Lordship over our lives. A bond-slave is one who willingly comes under another's authority (ownership). We used to be slaves to sin, but now we become slaves to righteousness. As followers of Jesus, we are now under obligation, but not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh, but to the Spirit, to walk according to the Spirit. For, if we still walk according to the flesh, we will die in our sins. It is not those who merely made a confession of Christ as Savior who are the children of God, but it is those who are being led by the Spirit of God.

When you read through the books of the New Testament it will become abundantly clear that, as Christ's followers, it is required of us that we repent of our sins and that we walk in obedience, and that we not walk according to our sinful flesh. Jesus said that if anyone would come after him, he must deny self and take up his cross daily and follow Christ. He said that if we hold on to our old lives (of living for sin and self), we will lose them for eternity, but if we lose our lives (die with Christ to sin) for the sake of Jesus Christ, then we will save our lives (live with Christ eternally). He talked much about the cost of following him, which was that we surrender it all, we leave our old lives behind us, and we walk in obedience to him. He warned often against having the idea that we could live however or do whatever we want and still have the promise of heaven when we die.

We are not slaves in the sense that we have no choice in the matter or that our master is standing there with a hammer hanging over our heads ready to pounce on us every time we slip. But, we are slaves in the sense that we make Jesus our Lord (owner-master) and we willingly surrender to him and submit to him, and we recognize that he bought us back for God with his blood, so we are no longer our own. We are under obligation. If we choose to still do what we want, and to go our own way, then we don't have the hope of heaven or eternal life. It isn't like a hired servant who can just abandon whenever they want, or as long as they are being paid for their work, they will work, and if not, then they don't. Jesus Christ is our master-owner. We are his, not our own. That is the difference! So, in a sense, it is like a combination of servant and slave in that we willingly serve because we want to, but if we don't, well then Jesus can say "Depart from me, I never knew you."
 
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I wouldnt use the word slave, I would say servant.

My bible says servants. A servant serves...a slave slaves.

We obey our master because He loves us first. Jesus never treated anyone like a slave, the way many owners abuse their authority.

We are bought with a price and our owner - Lord Jesus, richly rewards us when we do good works He prepares us to do.

I am just saying this because you cant have a bible translation that justifies slavery and tells is we have no choice, .Our God isnt a tyrant. We have obligations to fulfil yes but God is not a slave driver.
 
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Slaves are captive to their masters, you notice that while Jesus had many followers people could still choose whether to follow Him or not, he didnt call people to bondage, like a slave owner does. There is a huge difference.

If you love me, said Jesus, obey my commands. The point is, do we love Him?
 
Loyal
Coming into this little discussion a little late, but hopefully as God sees it, not too late. Just for the record I read my Bible daily in three languages: English, Spanish and German. The English Bible I have always used is the King James, but in spite of this I try not be to biased in favor of that version [even though I apparently am, since I still use it].

Without the leading of the Holy Spirit, what would any of us understand of what we read no matter what version it is or in what language it is written?

"Who [antecedent = God] also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." II Cor 3:6

I read the words "the spirit" in the above verse which I have underlined and highlighted as being the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, the words of scripture in any version or translation are simply the letter and are dead, without Life. Jesus is the Life. He was a dead carcass on the cross but He resurrected from the dead. It was the Holy Spirit that made that possible for Him. It should be the same Holy Spirit that brings the scriptures we consume to Life within us. The Word is alive, but unopened Bibles, no matter the version or language are NOT alive.

In the OP, @Sue J Love , the following words early in the post, favorably, caught my attention:

When we trust in Jesus Christ to be Lord (master-owner) and Savior of our lives, we become his servants, i.e. his bond-slaves. Bond-slaves are “without any ownership rights of their own.” They are “believers who willingly live under Christ's authority as His devoted followers” (1). Our lives are no longer our own to be lived however we want, for Jesus Christ bought us back for God with his blood shed on a cross for our redemption. Therefore, we are to honor God with our lives and no longer live to please our flesh
We are to be "slaves" of our own choice. God doesn't twist arms or force-feed His Word or Way to anyone. We can, of course, at any time back out of this voluntary enslavement. Perhaps what God would like to see from us is the taking the option offered here to a slave [or servant] as per these OT words:

"And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:

Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever." Ex 21:5-6

Just for your information the Spanish Valera Bible [1569 revised in 1602] uses the word "siervo" [meaning "servant"] in the Exodus passage while the Luther Bible [translation completed in 1543] uses the word "Sklave" [meaning "slave"] whereas in English the word "servant" is used in the King James Bible of 1611. What is it that God intends to convey to us? Does it matter if you were born in Spain or Germany or the United States or New Zealand? Not to God!

In modern German as well as in the German of Luther's day the word "Knecht" existed which to me now means "servant".

In modern Spanish as well as in the Spanish of Valera's day the word "esclavo" existed which means "slave".

I am no linguist or expert in the three languages I read, much less the original languages of scripture, so surely God does not expect that of every one us be such an expert, does He? If He does, then all of us are apparently missing the boat. The differences may exist in translations and connotations, but not really in God's meaning. Why should anyone presume his/her preferred translation is better in the eyes of God than another? We may well believe it, but who but God really knows? What does God want us to know?

We may have a problem with the difference between the words, "servant" and "slave" in some English contexts, but what really does matter is what God means, isn't it? Only the Holy Spirit will have the correct answer to that question for each of us.That is where we should seek the answer for ourselves. Only God can give someone else the right answer. He may or may not use you or me to do it.
 
Loyal
Coming into this little discussion a little late, but hopefully as God sees it, not too late. Just for the record I read my Bible daily in three languages: English, Spanish and German. The English Bible I have always used is the King James, but in spite of this I try not be to biased in favor of that version [even though I apparently am, since I still use it].

Without the leading of the Holy Spirit, what would any of us understand of what we read no matter what version it is or in what language it is written?

"Who [antecedent = God] also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." II Cor 3:6

I read the words "the spirit" in the above verse which I have underlined and highlighted as being the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, the words of scripture in any version or translation are simply the letter and are dead, without Life. Jesus is the Life. He was a dead carcass on the cross but He resurrected from the dead. It was the Holy Spirit that made that possible for Him. It should be the same Holy Spirit that brings the scriptures we consume to Life within us. The Word is alive, but unopened Bibles, no matter the version or language are NOT alive.

In the OP, @Sue J Love , the following words early in the post, favorably, caught my attention:



We are to be "slaves" of our own choice. God doesn't twist arms or force-feed His Word or Way to anyone. We can, of course, at any time back out of this voluntary enslavement. Perhaps what God would like to see from us is the taking the option offered here to a slave [or servant] as per these OT words:

"And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:

Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever." Ex 21:5-6

Just for your information the Spanish Valera Bible [1569 revised in 1602] uses the word "siervo" [meaning "servant"] in the Exodus passage while the Luther Bible [translation completed in 1543] uses the word "Sklave" [meaning "slave"] whereas in English the word "servant" is used in the King James Bible of 1611. What is it that God intends to convey to us? Does it matter if you were born in Spain or Germany or the United States or New Zealand? Not to God!

In modern German as well as in the German of Luther's day the word "Knecht" existed which to me now means "servant".

In modern Spanish as well as in the Spanish of Valera's day the word "esclavo" existed which means "slave".

I am no linguist or expert in the three languages I read, much less the original languages of scripture, so surely God does not expect that of every one us be such an expert, does He? If He does, then all of us are apparently missing the boat. The differences may exist in translations and connotations, but not really in God's meaning. Why should anyone presume his/her preferred translation is better in the eyes of God than another? We may well believe it, but who but God really knows? What does God want us to know?

We may have a problem with the difference between the words, "servant" and "slave" in some English contexts, but what really does matter is what God means, isn't it? Only the Holy Spirit will have the correct answer to that question for each of us.That is where we should seek the answer for ourselves. Only God can give someone else the right answer. He may or may not use you or me to do it.
Thank you for those words.
 
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It matters because slavery is wrong. Slavery still exists today where people are forced to work and abused by their masters.

It matters very much. JEsus came to set the captives free. If you dont understwnd what is meant by captive, maybe youve never been treated like a slave.

William wilberforce was a christian who opposed slavery. Also read Philemon. Does nobody read Philemon anymore! Paul said we are to treat each other as brothers and sisters. And we are to serve the Lord. Not slave for Him cos we are not called to bondage!

A slave back in bible times was owned by their master by punching a hole in their ear and often slave wore chains to denote they were owned. They could NEVER ever be free, this was permanent and they were treated cruelly. The israelites were made slaves to the Pharoah. It took God calling Moses to ask for his people to be let go.

God went to extraordinary lengths to free his people from slavery, like you know, parting the red sea...there is a whole book on it called Exodus. Just as Jesus was anointed to set the captives free as prophesied in Isaiah.

I beseech you to read galatians chapter 4.
 
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Loyal
We are "sons" of God, but we are "slaves" to righteousness.

All slavery isn't bad. Forced slavery is. But there is voluntary slavery.
Before the American civil war, slavery was common in the US. It was abolished and made illegal after the civil war.
However many slaves did not have skill sets to survive in another way of life. Some "chose" to remain indentured servants.

Slaves had a place to live (such at is was). Slaves had food to eat. Some slaves were even given plots of land to farm for themselves.
Do you have a job? If so, you are a slave. Yes you get paid, but you are a slave to time. To money. To schedules. To meetings and agendas.
To quotas. To your boss. To your customers. The real difference between people today and slaves is that they are voluntarily slaves.
You can quit your job if you want. (Then go be a slave at another job). It's the same with our living for God. We can choose to quit if we
want to. As you said "forced" slavery is wrong. God doesn't force us. The Galatians are sons and heirs, not slaves to the works of the law.
(The entire book of Galatians is mostly about circumcision). Sons don't have to be circumcised. Slaves do.
But in relationship to how we live, we are still a slave to something.

Rom 6:16; Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
Rom 6:17; But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
Rom 6:18; and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

In fact, is this "discipline of obedience" that makes us eligible to be called sons.

Heb 12:7; It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Heb 12:8; But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
 
Loyal
We are "sons" of God, but we are "slaves" to righteousness.

All slavery isn't bad. Forced slavery is. But there is voluntary slavery.
Before the American civil war, slavery was common in the US. It was abolished and made illegal after the civil war.
However many slaves did not have skill sets to survive in another way of life. Some "chose" to remain indentured servants.

Slaves had a place to live (such at is was). Slaves had food to eat. Some slaves were even given plots of land to farm for themselves.
Do you have a job? If so, you are a slave. Yes you get paid, but you are a slave to time. To money. To schedules. To meetings and agendas.
To quotas. To your boss. To your customers. The real difference between people today and slaves is that they are voluntarily slaves.
You can quit your job if you want. (Then go be a slave at another job). It's the same with our living for God. We can choose to quit if we
want to. As you said "forced" slavery is wrong. God doesn't force us. The Galatians are sons and heirs, not slaves to the works of the law.
(The entire book of Galatians is mostly about circumcision). Sons don't have to be circumcised. Slaves do.
But in relationship to how we live, we are still a slave to something.

Rom 6:16; Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
Rom 6:17; But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
Rom 6:18; and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

In fact, is this "discipline of obedience" that makes us eligible to be called sons.

Heb 12:7; It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Heb 12:8; But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Thank you for these words.
 
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