Tag: bought with a price
Scripture reading for September 2nd: 2nd Chronicles 28, 2nd Kings 17, Psalm 66, 1st Corinthians 7
1st Corinthians 7:17-23 “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price, do not become bondservants of men.”
When we come to Christ Jesus and are born again, our lives are changed from slave of sin to free-man in Christ. We are redeemed from slavery and are now free to love and serve God. How do we do that if we are in ‘slavery’ when we were called? This was a real question in the culture of first century Rome. Paul explained that we should remain in our positions and await God’s directions and opportunity. We should serve our masters as unto the Lord Himself to Whom we are now freely giving ourselves as bondslaves. Bondslaves voluntarily agreed to serve their masters for life. Christ purchased us with His own blood and we freely offer our bodies and hearts and souls to serve Him now and in eternity.
Psalm 66:11-12 “You brought us into the net; You laid a crushing burden on our backs; You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet You have brought us out into a place of abundance.”
Prayer: Father God, You have brought me and Your people to a place of abundance through the grace offered at the cost of Your Son’s sacrifice. Thank You for this simple instruction to continue serving You as a bondslave in whatever position or lot my life was when I heard and responded to Your call. Help me to humbly serve You each day, through the burdens, trials, water and fires of life. Blessed be Your Name!
2nd Kings 17:37-39 “And the statutes and the rules and the law and the commandment that He wrote for you, you shall always be careful to do. You shall not fear other gods, but you shall fear the Lord your God, and He will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies. However, they would not listen, but they did according to their former manner.”
Scripture reading for July 15th: 1st Corinthians 7, Psalm 140, Proverbs 16
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 7: 20-24 “Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bond servant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bond servant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bond servant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bond servants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.”
Paul was teaching the Church concerning the culture of the society in which they lived. Slavery was common and Christ Jesus does set each person free from the bondage of sin. But Christ does not demand that we immediately change the culture we live in. He works from the inside out, freeing each person as they repent and respond to His Word and grace. Each person should remain where they are in the culture and allow God to use them to bring light and truth, always walking in the liberty Christ provides.
Faith Confession: Lord Jesus, thank You for paying the price for the true freedom given me through the sacrifice of Jesus. Help me to live in the culture of this world as salt and light to the lost and sharing the Gospel of freedom.
Psalm 140:13 “Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your Name; the upright shall dwell in Your Presence.”
Scripture reading for July 13th: 1st Corinthians 6
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
Sexual immorality is a favorite temptation of Satan to snare God’s people. King David, a man after God’s heart, was trapped by this sin and Joseph of more ancient times was tempted sexually by Potiphar’s wife but used his feet to escape the trap. Paul warned the Corinthians, living in a very immoral sexual culture, of the danger of sexual sins of all types. When believers sin sexually, they sin against their own body. Each believer has been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ from Satan’s domain and now belong to God. We must flee all sexual immorality to avoid reproach in our own lives as well as Christ’s church.
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers must flee all sexual immorality and keep themselves only for the Lord, who has bought them! “One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” (Genesis 39:11-12) (Joseph with Potiphar’s wife)
Scripture reading for July 14th: 1st Corinthians 6
Paul used his letter to the Corinthians to answer questions about how believers should handle different problems. One issue that Paul was concerned about was lawsuits between believers. Paul reminded the church that they should not take their problems before unbelievers, but deal with disputes themselves. “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!” (1st Corinthians 6:2-3) Believers should work things out! Paul stated the incredible responsibility that the Church will enjoy later. We will be involved with the judgment of the world as well as angels!
Paul added a warning concerning immorality. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, now adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards, nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were.”
Today’s culture in America has now embraced sexual immorality and our Supreme Court made gay marriage legal across the land. Television and movies regularly show immoral sexual behavior as entertainment and some Christians regularly watch it. Pornography is available to most! But God’s Word clearly states that no sexually immoral person will inherit the Kingdom of God! Some of Paul’s recipients were in that lifestyle, but they were delivered through faith in Christ! Christ’s sacrifice of His body and blood can deliver anyone who will repent and give them access to God’s kingdom and family! Share this good news!