You are a Slave.
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? 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. 19 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.
It is a fact that all people are slaves. This fact causes a negative reaction from most people. What!? I am not a slave. I am FREE. The reality and truth is people are either slaves to sin or slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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People who have not repented of their sins and believed the gospel are slaves to sin. People who have repented of their sins and believed the gospel are slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ but can live as slaves of sin if they choose to. We call believers who choose to live as slaves to sin worldly Christians or infants in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1). When we obey sin, the consequences of our actions lead to death – death of relationships, emotions, and our physical body (think what happens when people are unfaithful, bitter or given to addictions).
Believers, who know and love Jesus, obey not merely out of obligation, but from love of God and man (John 14:23; 1 John 5:2-3). Paul calls this being obedient from the heart in verse 17 of our passage. Obedience to Jesus is how we express our love to people and to God. Obedience to Jesus is how we experience righteousness. Living righteously benefits all people.
Please remember we can only live righteously by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20). When we believed the gospel, we committed ourselves to live obedient to the Lord (Romans 10:9). When we believed the gospel we were set free from slavery to sin and became slaves to righteousness. As believers in Jesus Christ we no longer need to follow the destructive commands of sin and are able to obey the life giving commands of Jesus.
Are you a slave to sin?
You are a slave to sin if you have not repented of your sin and believed the gospel.
Have you believed the gospel, but are living as a slave to sin?
Remember, you have been freed from sin and can practice living by faith in the Son of God. You have the ability to say no to any habit of sin. Never give up trying. Keep presenting yourself as a slave to righteousness and you will experience its peaceful fruit.
Say yes to Jesus today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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