Enslaved to Righteousness


Recognizing that any discussion of slavery is likely to lead to argument and contention, my thoughts today have been captured by the concept found in the sixth chapter of Romans. In particular, Romans 6:16 reads “Do you not know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey – either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? (taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible). In Romans 6, the Bible suggests that before we voluntarily yield ourselves to Christ we are involuntarily enslaved (dominated) by sin. The seventeenth verse of Romans 6 clearly says we “used to be slaves of sin”, speaking of the time before we “obeyed from the heart the pattern of teaching we were entrusted to”. This condition of yielding ourselves to obey sin that results in our being enslaved by sin is the very reason God provided “a Rescue for sinners” in Christ. Romans 6:6 reads “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin” (taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible). As a result, the follower of Christ should no longer live subject to sin. Instead, we should yield ourselves in obedience to the righteousness of Christ, becoming enslaved to the way of Christ.

I hope that you will be prompted to take a look at the sixth chapter of Romans and once again carefully consider the questions in the opening verses (“What should we say then? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible). The passage has certainly prompted me to renew my determination to be enslaved by righteousness. I just have to work on that “yielding to righteousness” piece!

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~ by brotherfaron on May 19, 2014.

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