Prisoner of Christ
Are you a slave to self or prisoner of Christ?
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles-
If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which has been given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; Ephesians 3:1-5
A prisoner in the service of the Lord Jesus; or made a prisoner in his cause. Not a prisoner for crime or debt, or as a captive in war, but a captive in the service of the Redeemer. barnes'
Reliable Bible Verses: MATTHEW 5:38-48
We talk a lot about rights these days. Yet the attention given to human entitlements hasn't brought about personal freedom. Instead, most people are prisoners of jealousy saying... "you have greater rights than I do!
Then Greed says... I deserve more!, Then Bitterness says... "my rights have been violated!"
Instead of focusing on the privileges due us, we should take the Biblical perspective of loving enemies and forgiving persecutors. Matt. 5:44
Believers lay down their rights so they can take up the cause of a Holy Kingdom. That doesn't mean that we let people trample on us. Rather, we offer a proper response according to Biblical principles.
In short, believers should be more concerned about showing God's love to those who do wrong than about demanding their rights.
Maybe you're thinking, But he doesn't know how I've been mistreated. Indeed I do not. But what I do know is how Jesus Christ, our example, reacted to terrible abuse. He was betrayed by His friends, persecuted by His people, condemned by His peers, and crucified for our sins.
Yet He said, "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing" Luke 23:34.
Before assuming that Jesus' capacity for forgiveness and love is out of reach for mere human beings, remember: His Spirit dwells in believers. We can choose to give away our rights and let God's love work through us.
Luke 6:29 says to turn the other cheek and give up more than is asked because expressing love outweighs exerting our rights. You can't lose when you show others the boundless care of the Lord. You gain His blessing, and, hopefully, someone will be saved along the way because of you. Yes you and your awesome example as not a prisoner to self but a Prisoner of Christ.
It's a good thing saints!
Prisoner Of Christ