“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin'”. – John 8:34; The Interlinear Bible
This statement from Jesus comes in the middle of a discussion between Jesus and some Jews who had recently believed in Jesus as a Messiah. He tells them, quite effectively, that if they continue in Jesus’ teaching, they will know the truth and the truth will set them free (8:31-32). The Jews are incredulous at this claim, stating that they have never been enslaved to anyone (v. 33).
Then comes the punch from Jesus: they are sinners, they practice sin; therefore, they are a slave to sin.
This concept never stuck with me.
Since hearing about and receiving Christ, I understood that I was a sinner saved by grace. I knew the concept of being set free, but I never fully grasped what it meant to “be set free”.
To my mind, the only freedom I experienced was freedom from eternal damnation and separation from God.
Not until very recently did I realize the reality of being a slave to sin and what that really looks like.
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