On the Freedom of the Christian†

I Corinthians 9:19-23, Romans 13:8, and Philippians 2:6-7

In ancient Macedon, Alexander’s tutor said,
A person is not a lord without a servant;
A person is not a servant without a lord.

The Apostle Paul turned that on its head:
I am free, the lord of all, subject to none;
I am a slave, serving all, subject to all.

The great example was set by Christ himself.
As utterly free as he was and lord of all,
He walked the earth and lived under the law.

Lord and servant are one through faith alone.
We are free, lords of all, subject to none;
We are slaves, serving all, subject to all.

 

†See Martin Luther, Tract 3, November 1520

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