For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. (1Corinthians 7:22-24).
I would have expected Paul to switch the places of “Lord” and “Christ.” He correlates our liberation with Jesus being our Master (“a freedman of the Lord”). And he correlates our new slavery with Jesus being our Messiah (“a slave of Christ”).
But in fact the Messiah came to liberate his people from their captors; and masters take control of people’s lives. Why does he say it this way?
Suggestion. The switch has two effects on our new liberty and two effects on our new slavery.
In calling us “the liberated o…