Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: everyone who sins is a slave of sin.”
Christian, if sin dominates your life-you are its slave. If you continue in a sin or sins and have no repentance, no sorrow, no plan to deal or resist that temptation, simply you treat sin lightly. You can be sure that you are a child of the devil. You cannot have a permanent relationship with sin and call yourself a child of God. Why?
Jesus said, “A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs there forever. If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.” A slave is only a temporary employee, an outsider, not a family member. No slave belongs to a family permanently.
This means first, a true child of God does not keep on sinning against God because they have the nature of God. They love God and hate sin. This does not mean they do not fail God, but they treat sin and temptation aggressively. They repent immediately, obtain god’s forgiveness by the Cross and they seek for God’s strength not to do it again through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, a slave of sin cannot be a permanent relationship because SIN will KILL it victims, its slaves. The Puritan writer said well, “Be killing sin or sin will kill you!” Only children are family members and they must be born into that family. We are all born slaves in an unseen prison and only through the intervention of God’s Holy Spirit can we be given a new life and a new nature.
The church goers Jesus addressed were not of the family of Abraham and God’s family because they were sinners by nature and birth. They were spiritually dead because of their disobedience and sins. They followed the world’s evil way, their selfish desires; and they obeyed Satan who controls all who disobey God. God was angry at them! (see Eph. 2:1-3).
Jesus makes it clear that all people are NOT the children of God. They can only become thee children of God by being born again (John 3:3-8). Only those who obey Christ’s teaching will never die. Jesus says, “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free!”
Jesus is actually the only holy child of God, the only begotten, God the Son! He is the eternal Son of God begotten before all worlds! He is the firstborn son among many brethren. He is the only one who can set people free! Jesus makes it clear to them that IF they were God’s permanent children spiritually and children of faith like Abraham they would love him. A person who does not love Christ is a slave on borrowed time and is a child of the devil.
Jesus makes it clear that if they do not accept the teaching his Heavenly Father has shown him, they are under the control of Satan (v. 34-41). In fact, the children of the devil hate the truth so much some have gone to the extreme and murdered those that taught the liberating words of Jesus. But most are like those who you may have heard say, “They are dead to me?” This means that they ignore their existence. They treat them as though they were dead. That is how many people crucify Christ afresh by ignoring his words and teaching. He is dead to them and they are dead in sin.
Jesus makes it clear that many people do not understand his message because they cannot bear to listen to it (v. 42-47). He insists that only those who are from God listen to God’s words. It makes me weep that Jesus is saying to some church goers today, “I will go away; you will look for me, but you will die in your sins. You cannot go where I am going…You are from this world, but I am not from this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. And you will die in your sins if you do not believe that ‘I Am Who I Am’.” All they have is devil’s faith and are of their father the devil.
Some church people today they reject God’s words. They become furious and incensed at anyone who exposes their sin and error. Anyone who dares question whether they are children of God! In fact, the most intense persecution are by those who attend so called churches that persecute truth preachers. They may not physically kill them, but they ostracize them, ignore them and treat them as if they were dead. They will think that by doing this they are serving God.” (John 16:20). The Bible and Church history has shown this to be true. Rejoice for so they persecuted the prophets which were before you!
Are you a child of God? Has Christ set you free? Wishing and hoping is not the way. He says whoever the Son sets free is free indeed! Free in reality and activity. Free in experience. Christ is not only our Savior but our Liberator-setting us free from the power of sins forgiven. Those who he sends out forgiven and says to them, “Stop sinning.”