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Through an amazing set of circumstances, the Apostle Paul had an opportunity to write to a friend and request a big favor. In doing so, he also teaches us something about how to be a good friend in Christ.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the rights of his fellow African Americans who lived in the "land of the free" but who were enslaved. William Wilberforce fought for 26 years to stop the slave trade in Britain and set slaves free throughout the British Empire. Both were inspired to action by their knowledge of the Truth that all men are equal and created in the image of God. God uses fallen but redeemed people as agents of transformation, some on a small scale and others on a grand scale, and calls us to become "freedom fighters" in a long line of such warriors who, not with swords and guns but armed instead with the Truth, have set others free. Jesus said, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32)
What does it mean to be a Christian mother, father and child? A Christians employee, employer? Ephesians 6:1-9 gives us some guiding principles.
There are many different kinds of prisons - some of brick-and-mortar, some more portable. Some are imposed on us and some are self-made. Some of us who think we are free are not. The freedom we have in Christ is not the same as the freedom we cling to in the world. There is freedom and there is freedom.
Christ's death is the perfect sacrifice for humanity's sins against God. This perfect sacrifice cleanses those who place their faith in Christ so that we can live without guilt. In Christ sinful individuals are totally accepted and forgiven.
Ephesians 6:5-9 In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul made it clear that there are to be no distinctions in equality when it comes to those in Christ. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female," he says, "for you are all one in Christ Jesus." But if that's the case, then how could Paul instruct slaves in the book of Ephesians to "obey [their] earthly masters with fear and trembling" (6:5)?
The freedom which Christ purchased for us is a freedom FROM trying to earn God's salvation, and through faith in Christ, a freedom FOR a life of Christlike love.