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Choosing The Right Master

The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.”

Just what is the liberty and does it mean that Christ has made us free to do as we please?

Society interprets this to mean that we are free to follow the desires of our own will, in other words – to sin.

But Jesus said in John 8:34, “Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin.” What did He mean by this statement?

In Revelation 12:9, John writes “that Satan had deceived the entire world.” As a result the world speaks of liberty and freedom, but the fact remains, this world is in slavery.

The Apostle Peter writes: “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, for whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved” (II Peter 2:19).

Everywhere we hear of people wanting freedom. They do not want to be told what to do, or when to do it. They do not want to be restrained by law or government. Every person wants to be a law unto himself and not under the authority of law.

Each person wants freedom, and by seeking Satan’s pseudo freedom they become enslaved to sin.

How is that possible? Because they disobey the spiritual and physical laws of their Creator. By breaking the laws of our Creator, we bring upon ourselves death.

Most of mankind is a slave to wrong habits and desires. They are enslaved by passion, anger, drunkenness, drugs, or everything vile and unclean. Others are slaves to society, or to the thoughts ideas or opinion of others. Such people are in real miserable bondage to such desires and passions. For instance, people are so concerned about being unfriended on face book. They are enslaved to the opinions of others.

They think they are wise while rejecting the Creator God. Paul tells in Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Instead of serving the true God, they have served things which they have made.

As a result of this worshipping of the things made by human beings: “God has given them up to uncleanness through their own lusts and as a result they have become abject slaves to their own passions and lusts.”

Satan has deceived the entire world into thinking it is free. Yet the entire world is in slavery, only free to do evil, to harm the self, to destroy the self.

This slavery to sin and to Satan is  expressed by the Apostle Paul: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Rom. 6:16).

The word servant in this verse in the Greek is doulas and it means to be “enslaved, enthralled, and subservient. As a noun it refers to a “slave” a servitor or person of mean condition.

Now notice verse 18, “Being then made free from sin, ye become the servants of righteousness.”

Paul is telling us how to fulfill the Days of Unleavened Bread in this verse: “The way to become free from sin is to become a slave to righteousness.”

This may seem to be a paradox, but freedom and liberty in Christ is freedom from the penalty of sin. We are either slaves to sin, or slaves to righteousness. Those who are slaves to sin are slaves to Satan the Devil. Those who are slaves to righteousness are slaves to Jesus Christ. The yoke of slavery that Christ puts on us is joyous and light (Matt. 11:29-30).

What is the principle of our being slaves to Christ? “For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman; likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not the servants of men” (I Cor. 7:22-23).

Even though the word servant in used in these two verses, the Greek word means slave.

We members of the Church of God are slaves of Jesus Christ and we should not be the slaves of men. In other words we should not permit ourselves to come under the bondage or slavery to others. And neither should we come under the spiritual slavery of Satan the Devil.

In the strict sense, a master is totally responsible for his slaves. He is responsible to provide their lodging, their clothes, their food and other necessities.

Now, of course, this is assuming that the slave serves well. If not, the master may have the power of life and death over his slaves.

Now as slavery was practiced during the New Testament times, it was necessary for Paul to write to Timothy concerning this very import point:

“Let as many servants (or slaves) as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakes of the benefit. These thing teach and exhort” (I Tim. 6:1-2).

Christian slaves must have proper respect for their master, otherwise they blaspheme God. The master is supposed to serve the slave, and to take care of his needs. As a result the slaves partake of the benefits of the master.

God is Ruler and Master over all, and yet He is the One who serves the most. And according to God’s commands, the one that serves is the greatest.

Therefore Christ is our servant, even though He is over us as our Master and Lord. That is the exact opposite to the master and rulers of this world.

Notice Acts 4:23 – here is read of a prayer where the people lifted up their voices to God with one accord and said this: “Lord, thou are God.” In our English translation this does not appear unusual, but in the Greek there is a difference.

Usually the word kuriou is used and translated into an English word Lord, but in this particular place the word is despota. In other words the Greek word refers to Jesus Christ as a despot.

This same word is used several times referring to Christ (II Peter 2:1; Rev. 6:10).

This seems strange to us today, because we only know of despots as those who are cruel and inhuman. A despot is “an absolute ruler” – a despot is a ruler who has the power of life and death over his subjects.

 Jesus Christ is a benevolent Despot. Chris is absolute Ruler having the power of life and death over His subjects. The difference is – He rules his subjects with love and kindness and serves his subjects continually.

Now since Christ is a benevolent Despot, our Master and Lord, we should expect Him to supply our needs.

How many of us in God’s Church today realize our correct relationship with our Ruler and Creator. We members of God’s Church are totally and completely in the same status as a slave.

Do we realize that our Master is a benevolent Despot having power of life and death over us, but as the same time one who has the responsibility of providing all the necessities of life?

Now let’s go back to the beginning of our Christian life and examine the agreement that we have made with Jesus Christ. That agreement is found in Luke 14:26-33 – these verses tell us that we are to love Christ more than our own life.

We agreed to bury the old self, to give our life totally and completely to Christ. In other words we are willing to give our lives to Him in slavery.

The Bible states that the life of a Christian is going to be filled with trials and tribulation, but God has promised to deliver us out of them all. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Ps. 34:19).

Since we have agreed to give our life to God, nothing that God would require of us could be greater than this. God will not require more of you than what we have agreed to give.

The question is, did we really give our life to Christ? If we did, then we should not be unhappy whatever our present state. How many of us in God’s Church are just like the people of the world?

    “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever come to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will shew you to whom he is like.

“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was found upon a rock.

“But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:46-49).

So in regards to this Christ has told us that we are to seek the Kingdom of God first above all these physical things. Since we are slaves to Christ we should not take anxious thoughts about the necessities of life (Matt. 6:30).

Christ instructs us “seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33).

These are promises to us – as Christ’s slaves Christ provides these things, then we need not be overly concerned about them. We are not to fear, or worry. But we must do our part and be a profitable servant or slave.

But the sad part is that half of the Church doesn’t want to be a slave to Christ, they are more interested in the cares of this life, and the Holy Spirit is gone from them, instead of having a spiritual mind, full of the spirit of God, their minds are carnal full of leaven.

Half of the Church does not have faith that Jesus Christ is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. They are not in complete subjection to their Master, Jesus Christ. The lack of faith will keep us out of the Kingdom of God.

Do you and I have this kind of faith? The kind that believes that God means what He says, and that He will supply our needs.

When we became members of God’s Church, we agreed to give our lives to Christ, and He has agreed to supply all of our needs if we seek God’s Kingdom first.

Millions fancy themselves free – especially free from having to obey God. Their mouths speak of grace, which means to them, being in some sort of spiritual condition which releases them from and obligation to submit their will to God.

But grace is not any such spiritual condition, it is a quality of the nature of God – grace is God’s forgiveness, His attitude of mercy and pardon, unearned.

Billions are in slavery to this world and its customs, habits, beliefs, fables, false religions, dogmas, prejudices, politics. They are under the slavish sway of the god of this world.

When will we ever experience freedom of mind and spirit? When will we experience freedom from terror, from worry, from unhappiness, from pain and suffering, and most of all freedom from our own selves?

This is the kind of freedom God offers. Freedom never imagined by most of us, the lasting, secure kind that no human being can take away. And it begins with freedom from sin with repentance of sin.

“Let not sin therefore reign (or rule over you) in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” (Rom. 6:12).

But freedom is not free! Our freedom has a price on it-- the blood of Jesus Christ. You and I have been bought with an incredible price, the life of God in human flesh.

Satan has deceived the world into thinking it is free, while it is held by him in cruel bondage and slavery. Christ has freed us from that slavery and has given us freedom and righteousness in serving Him.

In return He serves us in more and greater ways than we can serve Him. Our God is good and merciful, He supplies all our needs. Make sure that you have chosen the RIGHT MASTER.

 
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