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Thursday | 14 December 2017
The truth will set you free

If a person abides as a slave of the doctrine of baptism, Jesus said that they would know the truth, and the truth would make them free. What will a son of God be free from if they continue to abide in Christ’s word? It is freedom from sin, the other law, and from the deception that sin is forcing upon them. Because of this freedom, they can know, and live in, the truth. Truth is their sanctification as a son of God. As slaves of righteousness, then, they increasingly obtain their sanctification as a son of God, resulting in eternal life.

How can a slave make offering when his work is only to reveal his master? It is the heart of the slave, in relation to their service, that makes the difference between offering and coercion. Paul’s instruction to slaves was to serve their masters with the same attitude with which they served Christ. This is because they were Christ’s freemen, yet, they had made themselves love-slaves to Him. The work of offering is an expression of love. Its purpose is always to give life to another, enabling them to live and to be revealed. We note, then, that fatherhood, brotherhood, and the ministry of the Spirit, are all of the same purpose; they are of love.

The key point is that if a person desires to have eternal life, they must find their sanctification. To find sanctification, they must find freedom from sin, deception and the other law. To find freedom, they must be brought under the doctrine to which their Friend, Christ, delivers them. This is the doctrine concerning His death, burial and resurrection. As a son of God presents themselves in sanctification, and by faith, to abide in this word, they learn worship, relationship, fellowship and offering. By this means, Christ’s life is revealed in, and from them, as a blessing.


Further Study:
Galatians 5
Daily Proverb:
Proverbs 14

References:

Joh 8:31-32
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

Rom 6:22
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

Col 3:22-24
Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. (23) Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, (24) knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

Eph 6:5-6
Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; (6) not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

1Co 7:22
For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave.

2Co 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (18) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
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