What is Christianity

Over the years there has been a great number of professing Christians, few of them understand what it means to be a Christian. We have had so many crusades or “revivals” with many people signing up decision cards, but only few of them comes to church on Sunday. Only a few of the people who claim the name Christian submit to The Lord Christ. We live in an age that embraces the doctrine of carnal Christian above any other doctrine. It”™s no wonder everyone in your neighborhood is a so called “Christian”.

We live in a culture where the definition of Christian has been re-defined to antinomianism, being a Christian has more to do with us than it has to do with Christ. We believe a person can receive Christ as Savior without receiving Him as Lord; a person can receive Christ in the heart but yet continue to live a life of sin. This doctrine has found its place in most churches today, and to say you are a Christian to most people literally mean that.

Jesus Christ has become more of a friend than He is Lord; sometimes we sing songs to Him as though He is our boy or girlfriends. To some, Jesus is viewed as Santa than He is Savior.

Terms and their meanings

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. 1Co 6:19-20 

Over the years there has been some changes in the meaning of some terms used in everyday language, i.e. Christian, the meaning of the word Christian has come to mean what it did not originally mean in the entire history of the church. Today when you want to say you are a Christian you have to qualify your statement by emphasizing with the words “born again“. In the real sense to say you are a born again Christian is equivalent to saying you are a “Christian Christian”, there are no non-born-again Christians, and you either are or not.

Another word that is widely misunderstood is the word servant found in our English bibles. It has come to mean the opposite of what it actually means or what the author intended to say. When we think of a servant we think of a hired person who performs certain duties for another for a wage. He/she has conditions that include not only freedom but also rights. This word is used throughout the entire bible but still its meaning is obscured today to the eyes of many evangelicals.

The first English translations of the bible were translated during the English slave trade; slavery at the time was very awful and unpleasant. The use of the word slave only brought the idea of a slave trade in the minds of people. The English translators then thought to escape this idea of a slave trade was to use a different word than slave, and that is where we find the word slaves embedded in the place of the word slave. In almost every verse you see the word servant know it refers to a bond servant or a slave.

Relationship between a slave and its master

You are not a slave if you do not belong to a master; neither is one a master if he does not have a slave. A slave is obliged to obey its master, while we were slaves of sin before we came into faith in Christ, sin reigned in us, we had no choice but to sin, that is how we were faithful to our former master. We obeyed sin to the degree that we even enjoyed it.

The New Testament definition of slave

The bible refers to us as people who have been bought with a price. We are not our own, we belong to our master The Lord Jesus Christ. The title Lord kurios that is attributed to Christ constitutes to two meaning, first it refers to His Deity, Christ is God in the flesh. Secondly it refers to His Lordship as a master who rules the entire universe. His lordship extends to entire universe; He reigns over all the earth.

To confess Jesus as Lord is to surrender to His will and forsake yours. He is not your Lord if you do not obey Him fully. “Why do you call me Lord Lord if you do not obey me? Luke 6:42“To invite a person into faith in Christ is to actually invite that person into slavery. You are inviting him to deny self and to come to the end of his life.

James and Jude the half-brothers of The Lord Jesus identifies themselves as the slaves of Christ when they introduced their epistles. They could have bragged and mention that Jesus was their half-brother and they grew up with Him, but they identified themselves with those who submit to the rule of Christ. The Apostle Paul follows the same pattern and identifies himself as a slave of Christ.

Conclusion

To become a slave of Christ is to gain much freedom that can never be gained anywhere else.  Salvation is going out of slavery into slavery. We are exchanging masters, as we were once slaves of sin, now we are slaves to righteousness. We are captivated but no longer bound by chains. May we submit to Christ and obey Him, how can we love Him if we do not keep His commandments? His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Phm 1:10  I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.

Phm 1:11  (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)

Phm 1:12  I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.

Soli Deo Gloria