1 Corinthians 7:23 – Do Not Become Slaves of Men

An interesting dynamic has taken hold in the world that echoes ancient times.  It revolves around who is the master and who is the servant.  God is the grand creator; all beings have come forth from His creative Word.  As such, He alone is the master of all.  However, since the very beginning, those who were created have desired and strived to turn the tables with themselves being the controlling masters.

We see in Genesis 6:1-4 where this occurred with tragic consequences:

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

The sons of God (bene Elohim) determined that heaven wasn’t enough; that serving the One who created them was an aberration.  They decided to transgress the boundaries God – as their Father and their master – had set for them.  Apparently those limits were too confining for their sensibilities.  Their role, even as God’s sons, was as bondservants to the Lord.  They were to do what He directed, and they chafed at that.

Thus, they rebelled.  They wanted a taste of what humanity had; they lusted after human women and engaged in sexual immorality.  As an outgrowth of that, they saw that they could father children themselves.  The Nephilim were hybrid beings, half divine – half human.  Through fathering the Nephilim, the sons of God thought that they had the creative capability of Yahweh.  In that reprobate thinking, they assumed a role never intended, i.e. that they were master and their offspring should be servants to them.

This idea repeated itself following the Tower of Babel.  God placed His sons in a place of responsibility over each nation into which He had scattered mankind (Deuteronomy 32:8 – ESV).  Rather than serving God as He directed – as their master – they all rebelled and determined to be the gods over these nations.  Again they decided that their role should be reversed from that of Yahweh.  In other words, this is an age-old problem.

Man learned this lesson of rebellion all too well.  The Tower of Babel was the outgrowth of man’s thinking that God wasn’t as great as He thought He was and that what He said could be overridden by the whims of man.

After the flood, Yahweh had instructed Noah to do the same as He had told Adam and Eve.  They were to go out into the world, be fruitful, multiply, and take dominion.  Instead, the men at that time felt that they should no longer be subject to what their master had commanded.  They built the Tower with the idea of reaching the heavens, exalting themselves, and bringing God down to them under their control.  In other words, He should be their servant rather than vice versa.

God squashed that effort with the Tower but acknowledged that if He hadn’t scattered them and confused their language, they could do anything they set their minds to achieving.

That brings us to today.  Much of the world has turned from God.  The relationship of creator and created is once more up for grabs in the minds of many men.  If God is a non-entity in their thinking, then who should they enslave if not God?  Why, other human beings, of course!

In the absence of the proper relationship of God to His creation, man will do anything he wishes and become his own god according to his depraved mind.  We’ve seen this throughout history; it’s the sad story of enslavement of many by the few.  This tide is once more rising to become a tidal wave where the few – the globalist elites – dominate all of mankind.  It will culminate, of course, when Antichrist arises.

In the meantime, those in control are exercising their power.  It’s not enough that a population obeys laws and regulations.  That populace must be under the heel of the ones in charge.  Enslavement is not too strong a word.  These authorities must be shown to be masters and everyone else a slave.

Paul spoke about freedom and bondage in his writings.  In our relationship with Jesus Christ he spoke about position with others and with the Lord.  In 1 Corinthians 7:22-23 he said:

For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.

The Greek word for bondservant is doulos.  Strong’s #1401 defines the word as someone “without any ownership rights of their own,” i.e. a slave.  It goes on to say that the irony is those who are doulos to Christ have the highest dignity because we live willingly under Him – slave to master.

Those who wish to enslave mankind do so through deception and force.  We who desire for Christ to be our master accept that role freely and with joy.

As the darkness gathers in the world, the slavery of humanity will become greater.  But we who follow Jesus Christ are instructed not to bow down to that system.  We are not to worship Caesar, in whatever form he may take.  We have freedom in the Lord.  Let us never forget that.  And let us remember that our slavery only to God results in eternal peace.

One Response to “1 Corinthians 7:23 – Do Not Become Slaves of Men”

  1. Reply Amy Swift

    Shofars, 300, will be blown at the beginning of Bard’sFest with additional shofars being blown around the world. Custom jars, 300, have been crafted as jars of light that will be broken as in the olden days of Jericho! I pray that the Lord shakes the heavens and the earth and uses this to bring many to His name. BardsFest.com will be in the St. Louis, Missouri area from August 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th! Many pastors will speak. This is the largest Christian revival ever. Millions are expected to watch online with live streaming. While many people will be physically in attendance.

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