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Summary: . Sin enslaves us. We might deny it, but we are still enslaved by sin. Let’s break down this passage and see what it tells us.

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Jesus is talking with the Pharisees. He has just said in v. 32. (READ) Now we pick it up in verse 33. READ passage.

We ended last Sunday’s session talking about how we are bound by our sins. We talked specifically about prejudice, hate, unforgiveness, loneliness and others. And we said that if we have any of these bad qualities, then we are not abiding in God’s Word. Because Jesus told us that if we will abide in His Word, as a Christian is supposed to do, then we will know the truth and the truth will set you free. If, for instance, you are prejudice against another race or religion or culture or social class, then you are not free and it’s obvious to everyone that you don’t know the truth because you are not abiding in God’s Word.

Let’s face it. Sin enslaves us. We might deny it, but we are still enslaved by sin. Just think about it, greed enslaves people, lust and selfishness enslave us. Let’s break down this passage and see what it tells us.

READ . 33. These guys misunderstood Jesus. They thought He was referring to being conquered and enslaved by a foreign nation. So they denied it. But if the truth were told, the Jewish nation HAD been conquered by many nations and was in fact being ruled by the Romans at that very time. Nonetheless, they denied it.

What they meant by not ever being enslaved is that they had never surrendered their will to any ruler. They had always given their allegiance to God, not to men, no matter how powerful the men were.

We know that Jesus meant something entirely different. He meant that the Jews and all other men were enslaved by sin. They couldn’t help sinning no matter how much they tried not to sin.

And here we sin man denying being enslaved by sin. And people will tell you, that because they come from a godly heritage, (maybe it’s a Christian family, or a family line of preachers, whatever), that that makes them acceptable to God.

The Jews claimed they were the seed, the descendants or the children of Abraham, the children of one of the godliest men who ever lived. They felt that his godliness and the godliness of those who followed him made their nation and its people very special to God. They felt acceptable to God no matter how they lived. They believed that every true Jew was covered by the godliness of their forefathers.

Most people today believe the same thing. They deny being so enslaved by sin that they are unacceptable to God. People believe that God will accept them, that they have enough good heritage to receive God’s approval. They feel they haven’t done enough bad to be enslaved to sin nor to be rejected by God. They feel that their heritage—their parents, their family, their friends, their good works, something in their lives—is good enough to keep them from being enslaved and doomed.

READ 34-36. Jesus is trying to prove His point that these guys are enslaved to sin. So He starts off by saying “everyone who sins” insinuating the all sin. By the way, this is a continuous action verb in Greek. Man continues to commit sin. I guess we could even say that we can’t keep from sinning so that makes us a slave to sin.


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