Slaves to Righteousness
Romans 6:15-23: 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin,which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 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.23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Some people in Paul’s time (and still today) think that God’s grace gives you a “free license” to sin. Paul says very clearly that we do NOT have a free license to sin. Every Christian should constantly demonstrate their decision to resist sin and follow Jesus Christ. When you follow Christ, you should be acting like Him. You can’t serve God and sin (Matthew 6:24). You can’t live on the fence. Either you are sold out for Christ or you aren’t living in the light.
If you are a slave to sin, you are on your way to death. Sin gives birth to death. The word “death” in verse 16 means “everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord.” That means if you are a slave to sin, your destination is hell.
The good news is that Jesus Christ came to set you free from the bondage of sin. When he died on the cross, those chains were broken. You no longer have to be a slave to sin. In fact, you are to be “slaves to righteousness.” When you are a slave to righteousness you become more like Christ and in the end gain eternal life in Heaven with God. Salvation is a free gift from God. We don’t have to do anything to earn it. In fact, we can’t earn it at all. We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ you are now dead to sin and alive in Christ. Romans 6:11-14 says:
“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”
Because of Jesus, you have been set free!
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