Psalm 116:16 O Lord, surely I am Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid, You have loosed my bonds.
We know that serving the Lord as a servant or bond-servant goes back into Old Testament times. But the servanthood is continued into New Covenant times as well.
Luke 2:25, 29 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word;
Simeon knew the past and the law. He also foresaw what was to come for Israel and the Gentiles. He was a true bond-servant of God in Old Testament times. The heritage of the bond-servant was passed on to Jesus’ Apostles.
Acts 4:26-30 ‘The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.’ For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”
It was true that even Satanic forces knew who these New Covenant bond-servants were.
Acts 16:17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”
The mission of the bond-servant was to serve Christ and the gospel.
Romans 1:1, 3, 5-7 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are all called to be saints bound to Christ not to man as men pleasers.
Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ
If you would be great in the kingdom you must be servant to all but true to Christ.
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:
Colossians 1:7 just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,
Christ was our example of what a bond-servant is to be in all things.
Philippians 2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
2 Timothy 2:24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
So it should come as no surprise to find that the Revelation was written for the bond-servant.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John,
As we move forward into the Tribulation itself we find the sealing of the bond-servants of God.
Revelation 7:3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”
As the Tribulation comes to a close it is time to reward His bond-servants.
Revelation 11:18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Revelation 15:3 And they *sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!
In Revelation 11:18 we learned just who the bond servants are — they are prophets, and saints and those who fear God. Throughout history bond-servants whether small or great have not fainted under even great Tribulation but have stood against demonic forces in high places, but on this the day of the Lord their praise is great over the victory that He has won.
Revelation 19:2, 5 because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” And a voice came from the throne, saying,“Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.”
If you are seeing the things which must take place possibly very soon as written in the Revelation then this message in the Revelation is for you, His bond-servant.
Revelation 22:3, 6 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.
So what prevents you from being a bond -servant of the savior?
Acts 8:35-37 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
You either are a bond servant of Christ or you are not.
13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (anything personified as an object of worship).”
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
Romans 6:16 NASB
If you have been following this blog, this revelation of the presence (perhaps your own should you still be alive) as a bond-servant within the Tribulation, should come as no surprise to you. Bond servants of Christ belong to Christ, and they overcome Satan with the word of their testimony and the blood of the Lamb.
May God richly bless you as you study.