9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”
10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
1 Cor. 6:19-20
13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
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A bond servant of christ. We’re going to be looking to romans chapter one versus one through 6. But let’s begin with a word of prayer.raise your father again. We just praise you and we magnify you for you. truly are worthy for you. Are the god to create it all things you are the god that forgives you. Are the god that has made a way that we can restore relationship with you father, you are the god gives life. father. We owe it all to you. We owe you our whole lives for you are the giver of life. father, we worship you. We adore you, father. We thank you for your son. We thank you for your holy spirit. And pray that the holy spirit would be in this place for father not only here, father, may your spirit be away. May your spirit be everywhere. Were those that have tuned in or listening follow may your spirit be upon them upon us while the god touch our hearts or mine will help us to receive what you have fours. father, make your word alive to us, make it real father. I pray that through your word we would come closer to you, father, that fear would be gone, that all those things that could distract us impulse away would be gone. father’s, we st. Turn your eyes upon jesus may return to you. father, may we look to your son and not be given to fear. May we not sink as peter did when he walked out on the water? But father, may we keep our eyes focused on you, father each and every day? father mis just pray that you a guide and direct us. bless us with your presence in jesus. Holy name. A man.So hear the wordof the Lordpaul a bondservant of jesus christ called to be an apostle separated to the gospel of god which he promised before through his prophets in the holy scriptures concerning his son, jesus christ, our lord who was born of the sea. David according to the flesh and declared to be the son of god with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection, from the dead. Through him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name, among whom you also are the called of jesus christ. brothers and sisters receive that of him who you also are the called of jesus christ. And he was, jesus declared to be the son of god. He is the son of the living godwith the power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection, from the dead. He is the 1st fruits from the grave, the only the 1st one to rise to live eternal life. And because he lives, we too shall live a man. Paul calls himself a bondservant of jesus christ. A bondservant is one who is bound to serve bound without wage as a slave belonging to a master.The term bondservant. The new testament is a translation of the greek word. Do. los, i may not pronounce that right, but that’s the way I read it. Do los, unlike the modern perception of slavery, a bond serving a dual loss is a relatively broad term with a rope, a very wide range of usage. In the new testament times, a bond service could be referred to as someone who voluntarily served others.When in most cases, the term referred to a person, a permanent role of service, a barn serve was considered the property of a roman citizen, holding no rights to leave his place of service. It couldn’t just up and leave, he was bound there. Some historians estimate that in the 1st century as many as one 3rd of the roman population lived as bond servants. The new testament also knows that jews also owned bond service or slaves, lawn servants, slaves were very much to the part of the culture in jesus day. It was not an uncommon thing. Jesus includedthem his characters in his own parablesand Matthew 251415 says for the kingdom of heaven is like a man travelling to a far country who called his own servants, could be slain servants, and delivered to them his good delivered his goods to them and to one gave 5 talents to another to another one, to each according to his own ability. And immediately he went on a journeyJesus taught that the greatest was the servant of all. And Mark $935.00, and he sat down called the 12 and said to them, if any desires to be 1st, he shall be last and shall be last of all and servant of allyou desire to be 1st desire to be great. You shall be servant of allin many new testament books, the word bondservant was used in reference to a person’s commitment to jesus christ. Most of paul’s letters began by referring to himself as either a servant or a bond servant of christ, jesus james, a jude half brother of jesus. Both referred to themselves as christ, bon servants, the apostle peter called himself, a servant, an apostle.But I know friends that it may be hard for us to understand this concept of bondservant or servanthood or being a slave because I don’t know about you, but I was born free right. I was born free. I was born in the home, the land of the free and home of the brave, right? We were born free, so it’s hard for us to understand this concept of bond service. professor william william, i’m not the talkers morning. William barkley reminds us about the real meaning of paul’s analogy. He says, when we think of a servant in our sense of the word, we may think of a man who gives a certain agreed part of his time to his master and receives a certain agreed wage for doing so. Within that agreed time, he is at the disposal and in the command of his master, but when that time in he is free to do exactly as he likes. But in paul’s time, the status is of a slave was quite different, quite literally. He had no time which belonged to himself. He had no moment when he was free, every single moment of his time belonged to his master. He was absolutely exclusively the possession of his master, and there was not one single moment of life we could do as he like to do. And paul’s time a slave could never do what he liked. It was impossible for him to serve 2 masters because he was the exclusive possession of one’s master. That is a picture that is in paul’s mind here in romans and quote, his time belonged to his master.I’ll ask, is jesus your master?If you say yes, that means your time, your being you belong to your master. If you call jesus your master, and lord, I know this slaverywas a common practice in many ancient societies in age of China, the middle waste, a lot of sleighs originated from the spoils of war, though some were through kidnapping. And as I said, some voluntarilyindebted themselves to a master to pay off their debtsin a treatment of slaves, as I’m sure it’s went through history is his veryin many cases, no, they were treated harshly treated, but do a brutally truth very badly.And you know, god knew, god knew, man didn’t, he knew what men would do. He knew how man would treathuman kind how, how he would treat his brothersand God establish laws. You know, he knew that men would make slaves a man. So establish laws and you know, if everyone that had a servant had his slave had a bondservant treated them according to god’s word, the laws he established, none would have been treated harshly.None would have been treated harshly even if they were slay. They would have been treated harshly and exodus 211 through 6. It says, now these are the judgments which yourself set before them. If you buy a hebrew servant, he shall serve you 6 years. And in the 7th, he shall go free and pay nothing. serv 6 years and you’re free to go. If you choose to go, i’d say that. And if he comes in by himself, he shall go out, buy and sell. It becomes in Mary. Then his wife shall go out with him. If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her masters, and he shall go out by himself. But if a servant plainly says, I love my master, my wife, and my children, i will not go out free. That is, master shall bring him to the judges is also bring him to the door or to the door pose. And his master shall pierce his ear with an all, and he shall serve him forever.So you see some would treat their servants or their bond servants kind because they say no, my master tricks. Me well. I don’t. Okay, here. I’m fed my family’s bed. We’re taking care of, I’m in a pretty good place. I’m going to stays this, this master’s a good man. I’m going to stay here. But you know, by stablish ing walls, the gods was. We are not the think that god was pleased. The man would make slaves of men,but he just knew what man would do. It was not pleasing none to him.But he knew that man has been given a free will to choose. And he would choose to do such things. So that’s why I gave him laws and we know that sadly, slavery still exists today.moderate labeling. slavery includes such things as force labor, human trafficking, sexual export, exploitation, debt, bondage force, marriage. I mean, I’ve found examples of force marriages under 10 years old.I mean, the things are horrible. Most victims are women.Most victims of slavery today are womenbecause many of them are force marriages or forced domestic work.They say wanting for modern slaves, victims are children.children are also found in every form of slavery.Most people today, when we think of slavery,we have a very negative thought. Think very negatively of it because of the harsh treatment that many receive in slavery in modern day. In the modern day. Though an ancient israel, the institution of slavery, served as a form of protection, for many is already said about the debt. Many would find themselves in such severe debtthat they would be face and starvation. So rather than starve the poor could sell themselves to their dead orRather than die, i’ll become your slave.So I’m not saying, I mean, it had its place. It had its place, least their life could be preserved if they was a hebrew. Hey, 6 years, I get things together. I can go free right?But they could find in place themselves in a place where they could not afford to pay their debt. So at least they were taken care of.I know it sounds like I’m saying, not all the waiver is bad, but it had its place and that dayAnd the law was there to protect them from harsh treatment.The main point of false statement, i believe though, was this to impress upon the readers of this letter, which is us today as well as the romans. It was written to them that he fully grasped his indebtedness to christ as was talking about this debt thing.So people would get so in debt, they could not paying my friends, he understood that he was so in that that he could not pay it.It says any fusions, 3 a to me who in less than the least of all the same, this grace was given to me that I should preach them on the gentiles the unsearchable riches of christ.Paul understood that he owed that debt. He could not pay it,He could not repair, he could not repay the damage. He’s done. Paul would drag christians all thrown into prison. He would stand there. We know that he stood there a while stephen was being martyr. They laid his clothes at his feet. There is no way paul is going to repay the damage that he did to the church.He knew that he understood his indebtedness.My friends though we understand our indebtedness, only christ, the sinless one, can pay that debt for the murderer. Only christ as soon as one can pay that debt for the adulterer. Only christ, the sin was one can pay that debt for the doctor. Only christ as soon as one can pay that death for that lie, or that cheater that steal or just whatever scene you want to put in there, fill in the blank. Only crisis unless one can say my sin dead.Do I understand my sin there? Do I understand the we understand paul was willing to say that my life is no longer my own.I have to make myself a bondservant of christ. I will give up my rights. He said, I am a slave for christ, for the rest of my lifeis what paul was doing. That’s what he understoodA slave for christ because he knew that truly to be a slave of christ. My friends was the only way to be freeTo be a slave of christ. A bond serving christ is the only way that we too can be free from our send it.The bible says that he has a son, set free is free. indeed,rome is a 9 through 13 says, but you are not in the flesh but in the spirit. If indeed the spirit of god dwells in you know, if any one does not have the spirit of christ, he is not his. And if christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is lie because of righteousness. But if the spirit of him who raised jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised christ the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brother and we are debtors not to the flesh. So live according to the flesh, where if you live according to flesh, you will die. We’re talking about eternal death. You will die. But if by the spirit you put the death, the deeds of the body you will live, you will live. If christ is in you,we are debtors not to the flesh but to the spirit to christ. First corinthian 6920 says or do you not know that your body is a temple, the holy spirit, who is in you whom you have from god. You are not your own.That’s not my words. friends tis you are not your ownfor you were bought at a price, therefore a glorify god in your body and in your spirit, which are gods. I want you to look to the person next to you and say you are not your own.You are not your own. You are not your own.You are not. I hope you believe that was all your heart.Because it is true, my friends, it is true.You are not your owns. If you’ve repetitive your sins and believe them christ, you are not your own. You belong to him.How many times have we saying that old him have done own way lord? Have their own way.We might sing it with her mouth had on our way. lord. But are hard to say I have mine own way, lord. Have mine own way. Or we come one.We want our own way. We want, we wantlet’s just not sing it with our lips, but let’s live with our life. truly have thine own way. lord paul set the example for us.Paul cove would call that title bond serve in the title of honorfor he willingly subjected himself. He was called to be an apostle says separated and to the gospel of god, separated as he used here means said by a boundaryWe need to have boundariesaround ourselves, don’t we? We need boundaries and boundaries. I’m talking about the boundaries that we no longer do those things that we did before.We may not associate with the people maybe that we used to associate with. We have boundaries limits. That’s what it says to limit. That’s another one to limit to divide said a part to not go outside the boundaries of god’s will. If you willdo not go outside the boundaries of god’s willJesus called paul to separate himself from his own ways.God spoke there an eyes to go. And lay hands on paul and ax chapter 913 through 15 says then a and a nice answered lord. I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priest to bind all who call in your name. But the Lord said to him, go for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before the gentiles kings and the children of israel brow. Show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake. He is a chosen vessel of mine. God is separated him.My friends of god can use paul. He can use any of us. We are called. We are called. We are called to separate ourselves from sin and the ungodly activities of the world. I know that we can’t go outside this world. I mean, we are living in a world with our sin all around us. But we need to separate ourselves from ephesians 511 and 12 says have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. It did not say have a little bit of fellowship with the one fruitful works of darkness. But have no fellowship,No fellowship with the unproved works of darkness, for it is shameful, even to speak, of those things which are done by them in secret.If we voluntarily serve voluntarily become bond servants, our time is not our own. Our mine is not our own. Our bodies are not our own. These hands are not our own there they belong to him. This man, this voice belongs to him from his 121 and 2 says I be seek you, therefore, brother and by the mercy of god that you present your bodies. A living sacrifice. Holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable serviceand do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of godNot around. Are we willing to be a bond service? Are we willing to separate ourselves? I found a little illustration.The great violin us, the colo paganini willed his marvellous while in to the city of good know on condition that it must never be played.You want anyone to ever play that ball in and the word was of such an instrument or the word of such an instrument while used wow, was handled. It would were only slightly. But set aside. It begins to decay, bygone his lovely violet has today become a worm, eaten useless item except to be a relic. A christian’s unwillingness to serve may soon destroys capacity for usefulness.They want to be like that all violin.We need to be willing to serveThe last verse of our scripture said among whom you also are the called of jesus christ.We must all take that verse the heart for you are the call of jesus christ. Thus spoke a week or so ago. Yes, we all have different parts to play,but I believe I can say was truthfultruthfulness that you are all called of jesus christ. I don’t know exactly what each of your call To do, but I know that you’re called to serve him. I believe that we are called to say, I am not my own lord. I am yours that I am indebted to you. I think we can all say there is anyone here absolutely sinless.Then we’ll hear that never sin than you are indebted to jesus christ.Because he paid the price for yours and my sins and all who are listening. They pray paid the debt for all, all who would receiveor receive that amazing give god’s lovea man.