What Does John 8:34 Mean?

Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

John 8:34(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Jesus is incarnate Truth and when He said to His followers: 'truly, truly I say to you...' we should pin back our ears and pay special attention to what He has to say: Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The Lord Jesus had come to earth to free fallen man from shocking slavery to sin and to deliver us from the ruinous sin nature, which is imputed to every member of the human race.

Freedom is a word and a condition that all men long for.. but even in the comparative freedom of today's western world, men are far from free, for each one is restricted. We are limited by laws of the land.. the air.. the sea, and the sky. We are also regulated by government laws, federal laws, taxes.. and an array of intrusions into our own personal lives, which seem to multiply with every passing year.. as the invasion of diverse technologies and statutory requirements, to which we are forever chained - scrutinizes and regulates our every move.

The proud Jews of Christ's own time were incapable of admitting that anyone or anything had dominion over their lives.. and they were quick to reject His gracious words, and boasted that because they were Abraham's descendent they were freemen! They conveniently forgot that they had been slaves to many different nations in their chequered past, including the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks and the Roman government, under whose control they were presently enslaved.

But it was much more than physical or national slavery to which Christ was referring in His discourse with the leaders of His day, it was the terrible human tragedy of slavery to sin: Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. We are not sinners because we sin.. we sin because we are sinners.. and every member of the human race is a sinner by nature. Indeed, from the very day of our birth we are all slaves to sin and enslaved by the fleshly sin nature - for everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

Jesus had come to offer freedom to the Jews of His time from bondage to sin and slavery to the sin nature. The Lord Jesus had come to show them and us that we do not need to be wretched men that long to be freed from the stranglehold of sin - and yet we find that we are all enslaved by its power.. for the sin that we do not want to do is the very thing that we do - and the good things that we want to do are the very things that we do not do!

Christ is incarnate truth.. while sin is the personification of a wicked and cruel slave-master, from whom there is no escape - except by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. It is only those that are saved by grace through faith that are enabled by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to be freed from slavery to sin - for it is only those that are positioned in Christ by faith, who are enabled to live each day by grace through faith in Him.

Paul himself cried out when he discovered WHO it was that was able to free himself from slavery to sin - I thank GOD thorough JESUS CHRIST my LORD. And we who are members of the body of Christ have the very same opportunity as did Paul to be set free from slavery to sin - by faith in HIM.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, what amazing grace that You should choose to redeem the fallen race of Adam and bring those that believe in His name out of the slave-market of sin - by faith in Christ, and release us from the vice-like hold that sin has on our lives. Thank You in Jesus name.. and I pray that I will not allow sin to have any further rule over me... for in Christ I know, that I have the power of the indwelling Sprit of God to hold me steady - as I allow the life of Christ to rule in my heart. Thank You in Jesus name, AMEN.

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