We have moved from bondage to bondage.

As a church, we see how Israel has moved from bondage to Pharaoh, to bondage to Yahweh.

For example, “Fear the LORD. And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? (Deut. 10:12-13)

As a New Testament church, Paul says that we were once slaves to sin, but now, we are slaves to righteousness. He refers to himself as a bond servant.

Similarly, when it comes to the study of knowledge (epistemology), we affirm that there are those of us who are in bondage to knowledge of the flesh. There are others whose thoughts are in service to the knowledge of the Holy. It’s a puppet show.

The irony here, is that the truth sets us free. (John 8:32) We are never free, however, until we recognize that our knowledge is in bonded servitude to the knowledge of Christ. Peter was asked by Jesus, “Who do you say I am?” His answer was the starting point for all knowledge; that of the world, others, and ourselves. It all starts with a knowledge of God and who He is.

Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:15f).

Self-Sacrifice: What is Worship pt. I