“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” —Romans 6:14
Christ’s sacrifice, His atoning death, fulfilling the ceremonial laws for my iniquity, transgressions, and sin, He has freed me from the civil law and the ceremonial law: “…for ye are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). Therefore, the revelation of that saving truth, of what Christ has done for me presents another aspect of what we see here in Exodus 21:5-6,
“And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.”
This is the blessedness of the bond slave. Here is the desire of a slave, who has been set free, to stay with His Master. We find it more clearly stated in Deuteronomy 15:12-17,
12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.
13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:
14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.
15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.
16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;
17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.
From Deuteronomy 15:16 we see…
(1) The slave loves his Master, as it is written, “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19); (2) The slave loves his Master’s house, as it is written, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1); and (3) The slave realizes that the Master can take better care of him than anyone else could, even better than he, himself, as it is written, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
The blessedness of the bond slave in Christ is understanding that we have been saved by love, and by love imparted, we joyfully and willingly surrender in service to the One who loved us and gave Himself for us.
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Read the previous article in this series, “Set Free from the Power of Sin” (Romans 6:14).