May 15, 2008

We are not our own… we are bought with a price!

Posted in Christian life, Gospel, Jesus Christ at 11:06 am by Dan Lowe

Yesterday in commenting on the first question of the Heidlelberg Catechism, we looked at how we are bought with a price.  We are not our own.  We are slaves of Jesus Christ… bought and paid for by His precious blood.

Pulpit Magazine posted an excerpt today from John MacArthur’s book “The Gospel According to Jesus” which fleshes out this idea more fully.  Here is the first paragraph…

Understood correctly, the gospel is an invitation to slavery. When we call people to faith in Christ, we need to stress that fact in the same way Jesus did. On the one hand, the gospel is a proclamation of freedom to sin’s captives and liberty to people who are broken by the bondage of sin’s power over them. On the other hand, it is a summons to a whole different kind of slavery: “Having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:18). As the apostle Peter wrote, “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God” (1 Peter 2:16).

You can read the rest of the post here http://www.sfpulpit.com/2008/05/15/slavery-and-true-liberty/#more-1296

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