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The Unforgivable Sin

Passage New International Version
Romans 6:7 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
1 Cor 21-22 Were you a slave when you were called?  Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.  For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave.
Galatians 4:7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Ephesians 6:5-9 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.  Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.  Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

And masters' treat your slaves in the same way.  Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Colossians 3:22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything
1 Timothy 1:8-11 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.  We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murders, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjures--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the  blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
1 Timothy 6:1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered.
Titus 2:9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything
1 Peter 2:18,19 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect [...] For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
2 Peter 2:19 a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.

"It is reported that as a child he [Epictetus] was sold into slavery by his parents, and he became part of the household of a profligate Roman soldier.  An apt characterization of Epictetus, even as a young man, is given in an anecdote narrated by Origen: Upon one occasion in which his angry master was twisting his leg, Eictetus commented, 'You will break my leg,' whereupon the master twisted harder and broke the leg.  To this, Epictetus rejoined with utter calm, 'Did I not tell you so?'"

Denise, Peterfreund, White. Great Traditions in Ethics. Belmont : Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1999. p. 54.

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