In the Bible, all the way from the Law of Moses, there was slavery.  It usually resulted from someone who owed a debt and was unable to pay it.  He would then sell himself to the man he owed the debt to and would work for him until his debt was paid off.  This principle can be also used as an analogy of our sin debt that we owe to God but we aren’t able to pay it.  In the first case if the debt was not paid, the master would then throw the debtor into a place of torment, which is also a picture of the place we call Hell. However, Jesus paid the price to set us free by His death on the cross.  I Peter 1:20 explains to us that this was decided by God before the foundation of the world, long before Adam and Eve were created and the first sin occurred.  Verse 21 states that Christ suffered for us, and in this He is our example that we should follow in His steps.  Next we have the “word who” mentioned three times.  The first is who did no sin, nor was any guile found in His mouth.  Christians who are following in His steps have the power to not sin.  Who when He was reviled did not retaliate.  This is something we should not do either.  The last is who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree (cross).  Now we are to be dead to sin and should live righteously.  Finally we are spoken of as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.  He is my Shepherd and my Bishop.  Why now would I go astray?  However, I am sad because some Christians do stray.

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