Romans 6:15-23: Slaves of righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:15-23.

The apostle Paul asks the simple question that since we are not under the law shall we continue in sin and the answer is no.  When we place our faith in Jesus Christ the rights to our life is no longer in our possession.  He is holy so we therefore are called to be holy.  But this is only possible as we abide in the Lord and we come to know the depth of His truth.

We are transformed by the renewing of our minds and the reason many Christians continue to struggle in their relationship with God because they are ignorant of God’s word.  They make no time for prayer or the diligent study of God’s word.  It is pure foolishness to claim to follow Christ but be ignorant of His word.  We are bombarded daily by the lies and deceptions of the enemy and the only way to guard our hearts and minds is diligent time spent in God’s word.

When we are in Christ we are called to be slaves of righteousness.  Before we came to Christ we were slaves of the world system and we were in bondage to the curse of sin and death.  But when we come to Christ we are no longer in bondage to the curse of sin and death, we are set free through the blood of Jesus.  We are righteous because of who Jesus is, but our lives are called to reflect holiness.  To claim to be in Christ yet pursue the desires of the world and the things of sin is not biblical Christianity.

The choice is follow Jesus Christ is not a casual choice.  If our decision is to follow Jesus Christ we are called to lay down our lives.  Are lives are not our own, we are simply called to purse the Lord’s kingdom daily.  Let us simply lay aside everything that would hinder our walk with Jesus Christ.  We no longer belong to this world, our home is in Heaven and our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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