Susan says: Mar 8, 2006 - 8:50 As I was thinking about freedom/slavery; predestination/free choice; I remembered a story about Abraham Lincoln when he was campaigning against slavery. He bought a slave girl and set her free but she had been a slave all her life and was having trouble understanding what it meant to be free. When she eventually understood she could choose to do whatever she liked she said to Lincoln, “Well sir, if that’s the case, I choose to serve you all the days of my life.” It’s a great illustration of what God has done for us. We were slaves, He paid the price, we were freed, then, out of gratitude and love we freely choose to serve Him. Predestination is in the Bible but so is free choice. Joshua said to the people, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” Joshua 24:15; Elijah challenged the people, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God follow Him; but if Baal is God follow him” 1 Kings 18:21 Jesus gave the rich young ruler a choice and then allowed him to make the wrong one. The bit I really like in this chapter is v.19-25 where Paul explains the purpose of the law, which is to lead us to Christ v.24 and my current favourite verse, “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law” v.25. Paul writes similarly in Colossians 2:20-22 “Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!?” We are free indeed.