John 8:35- “A slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.”
Interpretation: Jesus said that everyone who sins, is a slave to sin (v.34). Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” So everyone who sins is a slave to sin, and all have sinned, therefore all are enslaved, and all need set free. 1 John 3:1 writes, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” Later in 1 Peter 3:5 he says, “But you know he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.” Everyone is a slave to sin whether they recognize it or not, but Jesus came so that we won’t have to be slaves any longer. He came to testify for the truth that will set us free. Slaves may spend their whole lives serving their master, but they never elevate to a significant sect in the family. A son, even if he is a prodigal, will always by right have an enduring place they belong to with their relatives. As a slave of sin, going through life bound to spiritual chains we ignore and refuse to ask Jesus to unlock, we have no permanent place in the family. We are just here on fallen earth for a moment and then our souls get whisked away to suffer forever in a place that was never intended for anyone but Satan and his demons. But as a child of God- which we become after accepting Jesus’ gift of life to us, we may stumble, but we will always have a place with him. And in the end, he will call us home to him.
Application: I have five letters I have written containing small testimonies about the work God has been doing in my heart since I arrived here. Four of the five people receiving letters are unsaved. They are slaves to their sin and don’t even recognize it. I will mail them today and pray that God draws them closer to him and uses my words in whatever way he sees fit for the sake of setting captives free and expanding the kingdom of God.