July 1st Slaves to Christ
15: What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17: But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19: I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20: For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21: What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22: But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul again reiterates the question at the beginning of the chapter. Shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under Grace? And again he says, God forbid. Paul says don’t you know that when we yield ourselves to do sin we become the servant to sin. However l thank God that you were once a servant of sin but now you have obeyed God from the heart the teaching that you received from the Lord. So having been set free from sin you have become slaves to righteousness. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- What does it mean to you to be set free from sin?
- What does it mean to be a servant of righteousness?
- Why does Paul call eternal life a gift?