Archive for July 29th, 2019

Romans 6:19-23

In Romans 6:19-23 Paul tackles the topic of how we can keep from becoming slaves to sin. Bottom line is that we need to make sure we realize that we have a new boss in terms of how we live. “I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” Paul describes a principle ingrained in human nature. Lawlessness leads to more lawlessness. Righteousness leads to holiness – which is more righteousness. This describes the dynamic power of our habits and how we move along in the direction we are pointed.

So we need to focus on building spiritual disciplines and habits that will lead us to righteousness. How we live is our choice. God doesn’t force us to be obedient, nor does He prevent us from sin. We live by choice. “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.” Paul’s point is almost humorous. When we were slaves of sin, we were free all right – free in regard to righteousness. Some freedom! Our ability to choose our own destination is what free will is all about, but unfortunately we are all guilty of making choices of sinful behavior that will carry an eternal price tag.

The reality is that our life bears fruit, be it sinful fruit or the fruit of righteousness. The outcome of that fruit is in complete contrast – 180 degrees different. “But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.” Righteousness and sin come with completely opposite outcomes. The end product of sin is death – not fun. But the end product of righteousness is everlasting life. “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”

Paul boils down the truth of sin to one simple verse. When you work for sin, your wages are death. When we serve God we get no pay – but He freely gives us the best benefit package imaginable. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As believers, we have a change of ownership. The Christian must fight against even occasional sin because we need to work for and work under our new Master. It isn’t appropriate for us to work for our old master. But God gives us a choice. We can choose life, the eternal version, or we can allow our own selfish desires to lead us to sin and suffer those consequences. It’s a very clear choice that each of us have to make!

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