“So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
When training elephants, I understand they shackle a baby pachyderm to a stake with a strong chain or rope. The young beast tries to pull against the bonds but is not strong enough to pull away. Soon the elephant feels the resistance and gives up on freedom. Even when the animal is huge and strong enough to break free, the negative training has done its job and is enslaved to the memory of the bondage.
If we’re not careful, we stay enslaved to our past, our sin, our memories, and forget that Christ has set us free. We are freed of the penally of sin, we are being freed from the power of sin, and one day we will be freed from the presence of sin.
He hold to the promise of salvation, sanctification, and coming glory; not by our strength, but by His.
- How is your life different now that you are no longer a slave to your sin?
- How is it possible that we still sin even though it states we are no longer a slave to our sin? What is the difference?
- Christ has set us free. What in your past do you need to let go of in order to live free?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?