Oct 27, 2018
In John 15:14-16, Jesus makes some bold statements. He tells us that in order to be His friends, we must do everything He says. Next, He tell us we are His slaves who He now looks at as friends. He then tells us that we have not chosen Him, but He has chosen us that we might produce good fruit – in other words, He has called us to live holy and righteous lives, and He alone can enable us to do so through the power of the Holy Spirit.
That is an unpopular message today, especially in America. Nobody wants to hear that they are owned. We pride ourselves in our freedom. But, here, Jesus makes it clear that indeed we have been bought by Him – if indeed we have trusted Him as our Lord and Savior. But, what if we have not experienced salvation? Does that mean the sinner is free? On the contrary, the sinner is anything but free, for they are enslaved to both sin and death and are inching closer and closer to Hell by the minute.
This time, we are looking at these very important verses that have been neglected for far too long to try and understand the beauty of the Christian’s relationship to Christ - He has bought us that we might be His slaves who are also His friends.