December 8: Romans 4-7
17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 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. 22 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. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:17-18 & 20-23, ESV
We do not like that word, do we? We bristle anytime we hear someone speaking of slavery. The truth, however, is that everyone is a slave! From the moment Adam and Eve, sinned everyone was conceived as a slave to sin.
Do you wonder what is wrong with the world? Why does the whole world seem to be rushing madly to death and destruction? Why is the world continually plagued by wars? One country is seeking to conquer or destroy another. Will it ever end?
Yes, it will end, but you can be sure that it will not be because man has finally discovered how to bring peace on earth!
This is the theme of Paul's words from Romans 6; all men are slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. How can that be? If we are conceived as slaves of sin, how to we get from there to become slaves of righteousness.
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
Christ! In Christ we are delivered from the slavery of sin to become slaves of righteousness. As slaves of sin, we were free from the law of righteousness, but as slaves of righteousness, we are free from the law of sin and death. What does Christ offer? Christ is the perfect slave master who willingly gave His life to purchase a people for Himself. In Him we are free from death and are made alive for all eternity!
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Yes, we are all slaves! The real question to ponder this day is, who is your slave master?
God Bless You,