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Slaves to Christ

26 Aug

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)

Just one main question here this time; how can someone be a slave to obedience? I understand how someone can be a slave to sin but a slave to obedience? How does someone even become a slave to obedience?

First and foremost, we have to find out what exactly, “being a slave to obedience” means… What’s Paul talking about here? What does he mean by, “slave to obedience,”?

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. 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. (Romans 6:17-19)

According to the above verses, being a slave to obedience means first, being set free from slavery to sin. On the other hand, it does  mean presenting the members of our bodies as slaves to righteousness which leads to sanctification. – I’ll put it this way, being a slave to righteousness/obedience, mean’s being a slave to Christ, who is the perfect manifestation of both righteousness and obedience, and through whom we are set free from slavery to sin. But why, comes the question, would we want to be “set free” from sin? It’s certainly seems better than being a slave to obedience!

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 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. (Romans 6:20-21)

Why would we want to be set free from sin? Because the end of that is death.

Second, how does being a slave to Christ effect us? … How does it affect our actual lives, aside from the obvious bit about eternal 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. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:22-23)

Being a slave to God means we “bear fruit”. But, since Paul isn’t referring to us turning into trees, what does that mean? What fruit do we bear?

 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)

The fruit we bare, is love, joy, peace and the rest. All of which leads to one thing, sanctification. Which simply means that we’ve been “set apart” from the world… And in turn, that leads to eternal life.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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