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A Slave To Sin

I thought it might be good to do a series of "mini-Bible studies" using one of my favorite tools, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. For those not familiar with the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, I suggest you 'google it' and see for yourself all the wonderful features that are incorporated into this study Bible, whose design allows Scripture to teach Scripture (with the necessary help of the Holy Spirit, of course).

For the very first post along this line, I have chosen the topic of slavery to sin. Nothing else holds back a Christian from realizing their true potential (what God wants for them) more than the spiritual bondage that sin provides. Jokingly, we sometimes hear the phrase 'the devil made me do it." While he cannot make you do anything, he often can and will influence the weak carnal brother or sister in Christ. You know his influence is never for our good.

So let's see what the Bible has to say on the topic. The following verses are not all of it, just some things to get us into meditation, as we seek to know God better through the reading of His word. I have chosen to offer the verses from more modern translations than the KJV. The meanings are the same (but might be easier for the modern reader to grasp):

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. -John 8:34 (NASB)

His own iniquities will capture the wicked,
And he will be held with the cords of his sin. -Proverbs 5:22 (NASB)

For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” -Acts 8:23 (NIV)

Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? -Romans 6:16 (NASB)


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