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A Slave To Sin?

John 8:34

Jesus replied, Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

IMG_0301Slavery is a hot subject in America – even in the year 2015. With the current debate over the confederate war banner/flag – thoughts of an evil time in our country has surfaced. There was a Civil War in our country from 1861 to 1865 – and one of the main points of disagreement between the two sides – the north and the south – was over the subject of slavery.

An article found online from Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia – slavery was a main reason for the War Between the States. Here is a portion of that article. In the 1860 presidential electionRepublicans, led by Abraham Lincoln, opposed the expansion of slavery into U.S. territories. The Republican Party, dominant in the North, secured a majority of the electoral votes, and Lincoln was elected the first Republican president, but before his inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven slave states with cotton-based economies formed the Confederacy. The first six to secede had the highest proportions of slaves in their populations, a total of 48.8% for the six. [Outgoing Democratic President James Buchanan and the incoming Republicans rejected secession as illegal. Lincoln’s inaugural address declared his administration would not initiate civil war.

People today – in the north and south – might still disagree on some of the reasons for the War. Some might even disagree over slavery – still – but I would imagine that most people in America today realize that slavery was an evil.

I will not get into a discussion here about how persons were captured or sold into slavery by tribal leaders in Africa before being shipped to America and sold into chattel slavery. The purpose of this post is not to discuss slavery from our early history – but to use the evil of our slavery sins with today’s passage.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 8:31–47 – 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.” 39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

None of us wants to be a slave – but when we allow sin to run our lives – when we allow sin to rule our decisions – we are a slave to sin. Jesus said – Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

Will we continue to be slaves to sin or will we confess – repent – and have victory over that which wants to enslave us? Allow God’s grace and power to empower us to go and sin no more!  If we continue to live in sin – to commit the same sin over and over again – if our hearts are hard and we do not seek to soften them and allow God to work in us – through us – and in spite of us – we will remain slaves to sin and have no place in God’s kingdom.  Hard words from Jesus today!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 4, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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