A Spiritual Paradox

Paradox: “A statement that seems contradictory, etc. but may be true in fact.” (Webster’s New World Dictionary) In the life of a true Christian, a Spiritual paradox is exemplified. How could someone choose slavery in order to be free? There have been many times when a slave was offered freedom and refused to take it, choosing continued slavery because of love for his master. In the culture of the Apostle Paul’s day, the slave that refused freedom had his or her ear pierced as a mark of permanent ownership. This was a “love slavery.” Jesus bought and paid for those who were slaves to sin. The price He paid was His shed blood on that Roman cross! He paid the redemption price and frees all who receive Him. He, Himself, said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Here’s the paradox: One who is born again, and is now free, chooses to be a love slave to Jesus. He owns them forever! In I Corinthians 6:19-20, we are told that: “….ye are not our own….ye are bought with a price.” The One Who owns us has freed us from a terrible bondage to sin. Out of love and gratitude we choose permanent and loving bondage to our new Master. Then we discover that: “….where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (From II Corinthians 3:17).  Haldor Lillenas’ hymn, “Glorious Freedom,” gives voice to this amazing liberty: “Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters; chained like a slave, I struggled in vain. But I received a glorious freedom when Jesus broke my fetters in twain. Freedom from all carnal affections; freedom from envy, hatred and strife; freedom from vain and worldly ambitions; freedom from all that saddened my life. Freedom from pride and all sinful follies; freedom from love and glitter of gold; freedom from evil temper and anger — glorious freedom, rapture untold! Freedom from fear with all of its torments; freedom from care with all of its pain; freedom in Christ, my blessed Redeemer, He Who has rent my fetters in twain. Glorious freedom! Wonderful freedom! No more in chains of sin I repine! Jesus, the glorious Emancipator! Now and forever He shall be mine.” Selah! We are free to be all that His great love has planned for us! It will take the rest of our time on earth and all eternity to enjoy the wonder of this experience.    Ron

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