The Wrong Side of Spiritual Slavery
When we use the word “slavery” it brings up so many negative connotations and rightly so. Yet the Bible uses this word so many times to describe the relationship between people, sin, righteousness and God. Perhaps Romans 6 is one of the best chapters to help us understand our relationship to sin. In verses 5-6 we read this: 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. When we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, we are “united with Him” in a spiritual and practical sense. We are no longer “slaves of sin”. But until we are united with Christ we ARE slaves of sin. There is nothing we can do about it. We are, in a very real way, “owned” by our sin and its power over us.
We would like to think of ourselves as moral “free agents”…able to choose whether we want to do right or wrong, to belong to God or not; there is no spiritual power or connection on us unless we align ourselves with one. But that’s just not true. We are all born “slaves to sin”. We are all in bondage to sin. If you don’t believe in God, you are not a free agent… you are bound by sin. And there is only one avenue to break that bondage. The word “slavery” has terrible connotations. It denotes complete control of one over another. And that is exactly what God’s word is trying to help us to understand. Without Jesus, you are a slave to sin. Sure, you can resist temptation from time to time, but in the larger spiritual picture, you’re a slave. You’ve got no choice. It’s important to understand this before tomorrow’s post which will present the right side of spiritual slavery. But you don’t have to wait until tomorrow…just read Romans 6. and trust in Jesus!