Romans 6 Road To Holiness
Before I started this study of Romans, I was both repulsed and feared this letter of Paul. Yet, here I am a third of the way into this study and I find myself shed of those feelings. I am excited to look at each verse. This has made me want to study this letter deeper, to delve into it again and again. I almost don’t want this study to end. To keep finding something new to report, share my further findings. I know that at some point I will write a book length study of it.
Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:17, 18)
While you gave yourself to sin, you could not experience the grace of God. Now that you have given yourself to God, sin has no claim on you. When Sin had you, sinning was all you knew. Now, you have taken God as your master and redeemer, He has exclusive possession on you. Sin does not hold you; all you can consider is holiness. Before you let sin command you, now you’ve turned to a new master, one who sets you free to live fully.
Christians are those who shape their entire existence around Jesus, giving their lives to him, holding nothing back. No one who is doing this can ever use grace as an excuse to keep sinning. Grace is costly, because it costs us all that we have, yet it replaces the old with the new and transforms you into the people of God and helps you live in such a way that you move closer to Heaven not looking back.
While the individual is active in conversion, all right spiritual responses are due to the grace of God. Not in any way that we could ever add to or subtract from God’s grace. God’s love is a free gift, so there is no need to worry that we could ever lose it. God loved us first and loved us while we were still sinners. What we posses now was already ours, but now we can and should live in and towards the grace of God. The opposite of slavery to sin is commitment to the new life that grace produces. In view, here is both the gospel itself and the kind of teaching as Jesus Himself as the model.
You were slaves to sin. Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:20, 22, 23)
The old life was characterized by Uncleanness and lawlessness. The law of Sin: sin creates more sin. The more we do wrong, the easier it becomes to continue doing wrong. Sin leads on to more; to start to take that first step is to go on and on. As long as you did what you felt like, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with living right. You were free to do as you like treating others as an ends to your mean. Life empty without meaning or wonder. That is not how we were meant to live. You got nothing you’re proud of now. Regrets and failure litter your back trail, a dead end.
The new life is different. The Christian life is one that acknowledges who God is, our proper place and response to God, and human rights. Christians will not obey God or use their fellow man or woman to gratify their pleasure. Now, that you don’t listen to sin and have discovered the delight of listening to God. A whole, healed, redeemed life right here right now, with more and more of life on the way.
The Christian life leads to holiness, to becoming all that we were meant to be. When we give our lives to Christ, we do not become perfect. The struggle, the journey is not over. The direction is far more important than where we are. Once we have accepted Christ, we have started the process, the road to holiness. Leaving behind the old, the useless, we become every day the person we are to be.
Sin is death; God’s grace is eternal life.
We deserve death, but out of God’s good grace, we have been given life.
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