A slave to sin (Jn 8:34-8:34)

“Jesus answered them.

‘Truly!

Truly!

I say to you!

Everyone who commits sin

Is a slave

To sin.’”

ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν δοῦλός ἐστιν τῆς ἁμαρτίας.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) answered these new Jewish disciples (ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς) with a solemn pronouncement (Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν).  Jesus said that everyone (ὅτι πᾶς) who commits a sin (ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν) is a slave (δοῦλός ἐστιν) to sin (τῆς ἁμαρτίας).  They were and had become a slave to sin, not a political slave.  Jesus emphasized the power of the devil in taking people hostage as slaves by their sinning habits.  Thus, a vice was a bad habit.  This habitual bad sinful action was difficult to break.  Thus, we are slaves to our own bad actions or sins.  Do you feel like a slave to a habitual bad habit?

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