Out of the House of Bondage

Out of the House of Bondage

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Sin enslaves the soul. O how a man wears himself out in the service of sin—it wastes his body, breaks his sleep, and distracts his mind. Sin says to one, defraud; to another, be unchaste; to another, take revenge; to another, make a false vow. But sinners are content to be under the command of sin; they are willing to be slaves; they love their chains; they wear their sins, not as fetters, but as ornaments; they rejoice in iniquity. What freedom has a sinner to his own confusion, when he can do nothing but what sin will have him do? He is enslaved in the house of bondage.

Satan is a tyrant over the souls of men. He fills their heads with error and their hearts with malice. He rules men's minds and blinds them with ignorance. He rules their wills, and captures their hearts to obey him. Every man by nature is in the house of bondage; he grinds in the devil's mill and is at his command. How could those swine but run, when the devil entered into them? When the devil entered into Judas, and bade him betray Christ, he would do it, though he hanged himself. It is a sad and dismal case to be in the house of bondage under the power and tyranny of Satan. He hurries men on to perdition!

But God takes his elect out of the house of bondage, beats off the chains and fetters of sin, and brings them into the glorious liberty of the children of God. The saints are made spiritual kings to rule and conquer their corruptions. It is a matter of the highest praise and thanksgiving to be taken out of the bondage of enslaving lusts and made kings to reign in glory forever! Jesus Christ redeems captives, he ransoms sinners by price, and rescues them by force as David took a lamb out of the mouth of the roaring lion. Oh, what a mercy it is to be brought out of the house of bondage to be made subjects of the Prince of Peace!

—Thomas Watson

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