Calvin Fridays: Simultaneously Slave and Free

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“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”- 1 Corinthians 6:19

We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God’s: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal.”- John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 3, Chapter 7.

To live daily as a disciple of Christ is to live daily in a pursued, intentional state of forgetfulness. It must be pursued because we tempted to dwell and soak in our own perceived autonomy and to be a law unto ourselves. We must desperately pursue the forgetting of our own deceitful desires, our own rebellious thoughts, for the Christian has been bought. The death of Christ for believers did not just free them from the bondage and slavery of sin; it purchased them for the Kingdom of Heaven, making the people of God not free men but Kingdom slaves. Sin would have us believe that God is tyrannical, but God would show us that the true tyranny lies in pursuing things that can only lead to despair, dryness, and death. True, glorious life lies in being a slave of the Benevolent Master; the Master who is faithful, the Master who cares for His property, the Master who died for His property, and the Master whose slaves do not eat outside the house but eat at His side as sons and daughters. Let us consider ourselves as bought, today, for we have been purchased by the Almighty Father by the death of His Only Son and chained to the Son by the Holy Spirit to enjoy the riches and beauties of God from now until forever.


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