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Bond Servant      “Worth Considering”     10/24/21     From   Ken Smith <><   Kona, HI

A dear Brother of mine, now 90,   Kennedy Brown,  ©August 28, 2020 sent me a Kendal Book he is writing that I thought to send along some of his thoughts today.  “Almost repugnant to today’s culture is the ascribed identity of bond-servant or more graphically, slave. Yet, 28 times in the New King James Translation this identity is valid, even in most instances embraced as an agreed lifestyle and relationship.   In the progress of my spiritual growth, I have been challenged by most of the authors of the New Testament (Messianic Writings) professing the relationship of bond-servant.  As you will read, the motivation to a bond-servant confession can have a mixed genesis. The dynamic between son (daughter), bond-servant and Father are all an ingredient of the ultimate relationship with the Divine.

“The Message on the Door”  A consideration of Deu 15:12-18, especially vs16 &17 and Matt 26:19     Two servants stand at the Master’s door each for six years has passed through this doorway in bondage to the Master.  Soon one will step over that threshold “free.” The other chooses to remain at the Master’s side—  The portal where they stand, will be marked with the servant’s blood—  visible testimony of his decision. A message on the door to be read by all.  “Bond-servant” it says, an identity he would thereafter embrace— The shed blood from his pierced earlobe forever closing “freedom’s” door.  Messiah too left a message written in His blood on the cross on which He was nailed. Bond-servant, it clearly said—”not My will, Father, but Thine be done.” The shed blood of Messiah made the cross on which He hung a door. A door that anyone who elects to pass thorough must declare themselves Bondservant— the world’s “freedom” no longer a choice.  The true freedom of Bond-servant calls one to the Master’s side, there to remain—  back turned to Babylon’s beckoning.  A message on that door forever written in Messiah’s blood.   

“Six Years in the Master’s House The six years is a metaphor describing some point in every blood-bought servant’s relationship with God. It is a spiritualizing of Deuteronomy 12:15-17–The Law Concerning Bond Servants. Poem two in the Bond-servant trilogy.  Six years ago I entered service in the Master’s house.  I answered an invitation from His Son.  He offered to extinguish a debt I could never pay.  In return I said I would be a faithful servant.  My debt was erased, forgiven, I rejoiced in serving.  And now six years have passed—do I seek freedom to do my will? What have I learned of the Master? What have the years in His service shown me?
Have I ever known want during my years of serving? Has the Master ever rejected, belittled or condemned my failures? Has He ever asked me to do anything for which He did not equip me?   The answer to each of these questions is the same, “No”. I have learned well the lessons of His love.  But yet that door to independence beckons, entices, whispers.  Does my knowledge of Master now suggest I know better? Is fear of my being obedient to His direction justified by my six years experience in the Master’s house? My relationship with Master over these six years is positive, affirming,  ever increasing in intimacy.  Still, do I claim my right to freedom from my servant hood, Or, do I make that irreversible choice of Bond-servant, Forever closing the door to leaning to my own understanding? Do I fear the totality of commitment to permanently place myself in the Master’s hands? We each must face our own six year decision at some point in our servant relationship with the Master.  May the gift of faith propel you into the seventh year where the security of Bond-servant overflows and washes away every lingering doubt.  Page 4 or 8   

My thoughts,   Seems to me that the world seeks,  demands a top down authority run by fear of one kind or another.   “But God has not given us a spirit of fear but of Love, Power and a Sound Mind.”   And the Kingdom of God has established a bottom up authority which is run by love.   And I have been invited to change citizenship by my Creator.   By choice I may elect to become a Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven if I accept the commandments concerning Jesus as LORD.   And then the world only become my spiritual gym where I can learn to gain spiritual muscles rather then be flattened out by gravity.  Jesus once said, “He that endures to the end, shall be saved.”  Matt.10:22 & Matt. 24:13   So #1, There is an end, #2.  There is spiritual growth available in this world that requires endurance until death.   #3.  It will not be over at death or what I prefer to call graduation as all souls are eternal.  It then becomes a simple matter of receiving a new body or not and the placement thereof.   No toilets or jails in Heaven as there will no longer be any waste produced.

So the authority of the church is Created to be lovingly supportive because it is needed and wanted and, in faith, freely embraced as from our Creator by those who want to spiritually prosper and grow in faith and walk in love towards our Creator and our fellow man.   Eph.4:11-16.

“Oh, the lives eternally wrecked by the yellow gospels of the  day-the bloodless theories of unregenerate men that send their hearers to their doom instead of stopping them on their downward road!” – H. A. Ironside       “And what is wrong with the old method of scaring the ungodly with a sermon on hell?” – Vance Havner       “There is a lot of soft, sentimental talk about Him today that brings no conviction. When Isaiah saw the Lord, he did not feel comfortable! Neither did Habakkuk nor Daniel nor Paul nor John. We want a picture of Him today that does not disturb us, that smiles at sin, and winks at iniquity. I remember a man who told me he wanted to hear no hell-fire sermons but rather about the meek and lowly Jesus.
Yet the poor man did not seem to realize that the meek and lowly Jesus said more about hell than is reported from the lips of anyone else in the Bible! We need a true and complete vision of God in His holiness and Christ in His glory that will bring us to repentance.” -Vance Havner.    “Obedience is the crown and honour of all virtue.”   -Martin Luther    “Spiritual maturity is reached when obedience [to God and His word] becomes a joy.” – Jesse Yoder       “In Acts the apostles prayed for 10 days then preached for 10 min- utes and 3000 people were saved. Today pastors pray for 10 minutes then preach for 10 days and wonder why no-one is saved.” -B.H. Clendennen.       “It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the
hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.”-George Whitefield.

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Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life

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