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The Gospel Of Gods Righteousness

PAUL'S CREDENTIALS: ENSLAVEMENT TO CHRIST
Aim: To willingly become a slave to Christ; to serve Christ with no reservation.
Memory Verse
John 12:26 KJV 1900
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

People Today Are Enslaved To Many Different Things

money · fame · drugs · power · sex · pornography · food · alcohol · work

With a little bit of imagination, you could probably add many more items to this list. As you may have experienced, when you become enslaved to one thing, you give up rights in other areas.

For instance, if you are enslaved to food, you sacrifice health and weight. If you are enslaved to drugs, you give up control of your mind and body. If you are enslaved to fame, you lose your privacy and humility.
And on and on. You become bound to that which controls you. When you give in and give up to evil masters, you are doomed to a life of bitter slavery.

But it does not have to be that way. You can be enslaved to a good master.

1. To someone who will save you, save you from all the bondages and enslavements of life.
2 To someone who will give you life, a life that overflows with abundance, with all the good things of life.
3 To someone who will meet your every need.
4 To someone who will guide you and teach you how to conquer and live victoriously over all the trials and problems of life.

Is it possible to be a slave to both good and evil?

NO!
You cannot have it both ways. You cannot be a slave to the things of the world and a slave Christ.

You cannot enjoy an intimate relationship with the world and still love Christ. No person is a true follower of Jesus Christ unless he is enslaved by Christ. In fact, it is impossible for a person to belong to Christ unless he is enslaved by Christ. This is the shocking message Paul wants to get across to the believers at Rome and us tonight.

The Apostle's Creed I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hell. The third day he rose again from the dead, He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from hence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic [or universal] Church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

HE WAS A SLAVE OF CHRIST

Romans 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Romans The word slave means far more than just a servant. It means a slave totally possessed by the master. It is a bond-servant bound by law to a master.
The word slave means far more than just a servant. It means a slave totally possessed by the master. It is a bond-servant bound by law to a master.
A look at the slave market of Paul's day shows more clearly what Paul meant when he said he was a "slave of Jesus Christ." 1. The slave was owned by his master; he was totally possessed by his master. This is what Paul meant. Paul was purchased and possessed by Christ. Christ had looked upon him and had seen his degraded and needful condition. And when Christ looked, the most wonderful thing happened: Christ loved him and bought him; therefore, he was now the possession of Christ.
A look at the slave market of Paul's day shows more clearly what Paul meant when he said he was a "slave of Jesus Christ."
2. The slave existed for his master and he had no other reason for existence. He had no personal rights whatsoever. The same was true with Paul: he existed only for Christ. His rights were the rights of Christ only.
3. The slave served his master and he existed only for the purpose of service. He was at the master's disposal any hour of the day or night. So it was with Paul: he lived only to serve Christ—hour by hour, day by day, and night by night.
4. The slave's will belonged to his master. He was allowed no will and no ambition other than the will and ambition of the master. He was completely subservient to the master and owed total obedience to the will of the master. Paul belonged to Christ. In fact, he said that he fought and struggled to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ ().
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV 1900
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Cor.
5. There is a fifth and most precious thing that Paul meant by "a slave of Jesus Christ." He meant that he had the highest, most honored and kingly profession in all the world. Men of God, the greatest men of history, have always been called "the servants of God." It was the highest title of honor. The believer's slavery to Jesus Christ is no cringing, cowardly, or shameful subjection. It is the position of honor—the honor that bestows upon a man the privileges and responsibilities of serving the King of kings and Lord of lords.
5. There is a fifth and most precious thing that Paul meant by "a slave of Jesus Christ." He meant that he had the highest, most honored and kingly profession in all the world. Men of God, the greatest men of history, have always been called "the servants of God." It was the highest title of honor. The believer's slavery to Jesus Christ is no cringing, cowardly, or shameful subjection. It is the position of honor—the honor that bestows upon a man the privileges and responsibilities of serving the King of kings and Lord of lords.

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