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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 7449 slavery, spiritual
7449 slavery, spiritual

7449 slavery, spiritual

Because of sin humanity is in a state of slavery. On account of the atoning work of Jesus Christ, believers can break free from slavery to sin and enter into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Humanity is enslaved

To sin Jn 8:33-36 See also Ro 6:12-18; Ro 7:7-25; Tit 3:3; 2Pe 2:19

To the law Gal 5:1 See also Gal 4:1-7

To fear Ro 8:15 See also Heb 2:14-15

Jesus Christ as the example of the true slave

Jn 13:1-17 Washing feet was the responsibility of the slaves of the household. See also Mt 20:25-28 pp Mk 10:42-45; Php 2:5-11

Believers as slaves of God

They are God’s servants Ro 6:22 See also Mt 6:24 pp Lk 16:13; Ro 1:1; Col 3:23-24; Jas 1:1; 1Pe 2:16; 2Pe 1:1

They are sons and heirs Gal 4:1-7 See also Ro 8:12-17

They have friendship with Jesus Christ Jn 15:15 See also Jas 2:21-23

They have true freedom Jn 8:31-36 See also Gal 4:21-31

Believers as slaves of righteousness

Ro 6:15-23

Believers as slaves of others

Mt 20:25-28 pp Mk 10:42-45 See also 1Co 9:19; 2Co 4:5; Gal 5:13

The image of slavery in the teaching of Jesus Christ

Mt 24:45-51 pp Lk 12:42-46 Slavery involves readiness for the Master’s return; Mt 25:14-20 pp Lk 19:12-17 Slavery involves faithfulness to the Master’s purpose; Lk 17:7-10 Slavery involves diligence for the Master’s good.

Creation is itself in slavery until Jesus Christ returns

Ro 8:19-22

See also

2363Christ, preaching & teaching
5004human race & sin

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