Freed from the Slave Stand
- Date: November 19, 2007
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."(2 Corinthians 4:6)
- From Without The Law Righteousness
We need to understand that we have nothing to do with our own redemption, this reconciliation to God, with the exception of one event and one only--the volition, the will. This redemption factor means to buy back, to buy out, and to set free by the price. Jesus, the innocent Lamb, died for us on that cross. He who knew no sin became sin to be able to impart to us the righteousness of God. When He died, every man's debt was paid. All men were potentially freed from sin's power. Every man at that moment was loosed from the dominant power of sin. Until that time, man could not believe unto salvation. The power of sin held his heart and his mind captive. It was impossible to be illuminated. When Jesus died, the potential to bring illumination to all men was there.
Now, at this particular time, God also through the foolishness of preaching, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, has given every man an opportunity to receive the free gift. God is totally in charge of this thing. At the same time, there is that point of volition, that every one of us is going to stand before God and give an answer. Let me give you an illustration. We can probably identify a little bit with the slavery that took place in our nation. Imagine somewhere down in the South a slave auction that's going on. Here's this fellow up for sale. A guy walks up there and says, "I'll give you a two-bit for him." He buys this fellow, takes him down from the slave stand, and says, "You're free," and turns and walks away. That's what Jesus did. Now, is he a free man or not? Yes, he is. He has a choice to make; doesn't he? Is he going to go live for himself, or is he now going to give himself to that one who freed him, to become a voluntary love slave? As a slave, is he still a free man? Yes, he is.
This is what Jesus was doing when He died and all men were freed. Everyone was taken off of that slave stand and freed when Jesus died on the cross, when He said, "It is finished," and He was raised from the dead. This plan was affected by the power of His resurrection; every man was freed. The problem is most have chosen to use their freedom as an occasion to their own flesh and to bring themselves back under bondage of self--not under Satan, though he's the god of this world. The bondage is now in self-worship. When this guy turns to follow Jesus, do you know what happens at that time? He is regenerated. Now, he still has something else to do once he is regenerated. Once you see, what are you responsible to do now? You have to repent. A lot of us think we repent to be regenerated. You don't. You're regenerated, which enables you to repent, which enables you to be saved. That's what makes it the work of God. God illuminates you and you say, "Father, forgive me. Father, I receive Jesus as the only hope of salvation." If we require repentance as something that initiates itself with man, then is it in fact man's involving himself in redemption? Yes, it is. If we tell people, "Just repent," here's where we've made our mistake. You can't decide to follow Jesus. No man can come except the Father draws him. Some of you think you're saved, and you're not. You keep warring to try to live a righteous life, and you can't do it. You're discontent and miserable, and it's because you've not been born again and tasted of the free gift.