“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34 KJV)
The Greek for the word ‘servant’ in this passages is ‘doulos‘ and means ‘a slave, bondman, man of servile condition’
Those called the unsaved, are in a state of spiritual unrighteousness, with many sins committed in the flesh – prisoners and slaves to sin. There is a boundary and they are stuck in the prison of sin because of their debt of sins against a Holy God which cannot be erased by their own effort, leaving them headed for the full wrath and Holy judgement of God. No one can escape this prison by their own effort, try as a person may by performing good deeds or religious rituals and activities.
The good news is that the opposite is also true. The saved person, who accepted Christ’s atonement for sin on the cross, was translated from the spiritual prison of flesh and sin and unrighteousness to the new prison of a newly created person in the Spirit who is now created with righteousness where God abides. And those saved have a new boundary of being 100% forgiven and righteous…and the saved cannot not escape this wonderful prison by their own efforts either! Christ made sure of that on the cross!
Jesus says clearly,
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37 KJV)
Those who turn to God, and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Those that believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. That Jesus is the Son of God, God come in the flesh. Those that believe that Jesus died on the cross and at that time accepted the punishment for the sins of the whole world and took upon Himself our sins. Instead of God punishing us for our sins, He became a human (Jesus the Christ) and bore our deserved punishment so that His perfect justice would be served. Those that accept this eternal pardon of sin are now called now ‘the saved’, ‘the redeemed of God’ and the ‘righteous’.
It is not working your way out of a sinful flesh nature – which is a hopeless endeavor. It is not a religious thing; it’s a relational, positional issue between you and God Almighty. It is by faith, believing in the grace and mercy of God toward us and by believing and accepting this great gift of forgiveness; believing in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Saviour from what? From your sin debt!
“He that BELIEVETH on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that BELIEVETH NOT the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36 KJV)
“Being then MADE FREE from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:18 KJV)
As Christians, we did not make ourselves free from sin! It says we were MADE FREE. By whom? By Christ Jesus! The saved have become a servant slave to righteousness! And before accepting Christ as Lord and savior Paul says in Romans 6:20, “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.” There you can see the big flip in our relationship with God! It is a positional change. A prisoner transfer from the prison of unrighteousness, separated from God to the prison of righteousness with God. What a gift!
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: BUT THE SON ABIDETH EVER. If the Son therefore shall MAKE YOU FREE, ye shall be FREE INDEED.” (John 8:31-36 KJV)
The prison of righteousness is a prison of FREEDOM from our initial sinful nature in the flesh. Notice that even though God loves you and I, and even though God is perfectly merciful towards you and I, He did not forgive us in a wishy washy way. That is, the punishment for your sin and my sin, still had to be PAID IN FULL. God is perfectly just right? He is not going to just say, ‘well you did some good deeds to make up for your sin, enter heaven’. NO! God is perfectly Holy and perfectly JUST too! The reality is that God loves you and I so much that He sent His own begotten son to take upon Himself, the punishment we deserve. Jesus, the second part of the trinity of God, who never sinned, became a perfect sacrifice so we could be 100% forgiven for all our sins.
“That whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:15-17)
That is what true salvation is all about. It is a loving and merciful gift from God, not anything we do or did. It is nor due to any self righteous act we have done. It is not through our good works, nor our doing penance, nor any religious rituals. It is a GIFT. And as a gift, it must be received. Will you receive God’s gift of eternal life?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV)
We Were Given The Righteousness Of Christ
Jesus received the punishment we deserved as sinners and so we are now saved from our sin debt. We are completely forgiven in Christ. Many stop there but there is more to it then just this awesome gift of love toward the whole human race. We were not only forgiven by this great act of love. There is more to this gift from God! In 2 Corinthians 5:21 it reads,
“For he hath MADE him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)
An exchange was made when Jesus on the cross cried out, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) These three words in the Greek it was penned literally mean PAID IN FULL! Christ redeemed us from our punishment from our sins and then we became the very Righteousness of God, in Christ. This is the divine exchange that freed us from the prison of the flesh and sin in an unrighteousness state of being and placed us within the prison of a newly created Spirit with a new righteous state. What a gift God has provided us with. Believers have and are a newly created Spiritual being, in Christ. We still have fleshly sinful bodies until at the Rapture, when our corrupt fleshly bodies and minds catch up completely to our Spiritual change when will be just like Jesus is.
In the meantime, between being born again in Christ and the Rapture and resurrection of the body, there is a struggle within the believer in Christ as Paul explains the doctrine of the Two Natures of the believer in Romans 7:
“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:14-25 KJV)
The Apostle John states,
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2 KJV)
What a blessed hope!