New Living Translation
And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ.
King James Bible
For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.
Darby Bible Translation
For the bondman that is called in the Lord is the Lord's freedman; in like manner also the freeman being called is Christ's bondman.
World English Bible
For he who was called in the Lord being a bondservant is the Lord's free man. Likewise he who was called being free is Christ's bondservant.
Young's Literal Translation
for he who is in the Lord -- having been called a servant -- is the Lord's freedman: in like manner also he the freeman, having been called, is servant of Christ:
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:22 Is the Lord's freeman - Is free in this respect. The Greek word implies one that was a slave, but now is free. Is the bondman of Christ - Not free in this respect; not at liberty to do his own will.
"Lo! where yon cottage whitens through the green, The loveliest feature of a matchless scene; Beneath its shading elm, with pious fear, An aged mother draws her children near, While from the Holy Word, with earnest air, She teaches them the privilege of prayer. Look! how their infant eyes with rapture speak; Mark the flushed lily on the dimpled cheek; Their hearts are filled with gratitude and love, Their hopes are centered in a world above!" The Christian home demands a family religion. This makes …
Samuel Philips—The Christian Home
The Apostolic Scriptures.
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And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.
1 Corinthians 7:21
Are you a slave? Don't let that worry you--but if you get a chance to be free, take it.
1 Corinthians 9:21
When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.
Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.
Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
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