Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. What the Bible says about Slaves of Righteousness Romans 6:19-23 If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 6. - Romans 6:16-19 Paul clearly teaches that we can obey God only if we are under grace. Slaves of Sin or Slaves of Righteousness? 12-14) builds off what Paul has already written in vv. Romans 6:18, ESV: "and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness." He protested racial legislation in South Africa and led civil disobedience campaigns in his native India in order to secure home rule. Then the friend voluntarily adopts it as his own, perhaps for no other reason than the basis of their friendship. by Mike Bennett. But sin separates us from God. Paul explores this truth in today’s passage, noting that those who are in Christ have Him as their master now, and their obedience to Him leads to righteousness and life. A slave is one who has absolutely no authority over him or herself. No, they were not. To not be under the law means we are not under the old covenant, an era of disobedience. It Takes a Church. If the faith is genuine, the fruit of that faith will be real righteousness.” Declarative righteousness—God’s pronouncement that the merit of Christ is imputed to our accounts—is what gives us peace with God. Nothing we can do, even with God’s help, is good enough to secure our place in the kingdom. Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. 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. 16 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? Slavery extended into every area of society. Donate Now. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. Law has no power to make us righteous. “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?” (v. 16). Once this has occurred, "just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (verse 4). For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. Ring out the old, ring in the new, and the new man begins his walk toward perfection (Hebrews 6:1). For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.” Before we consider Paul’s command, what does he mean when he says that he is “speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh”? Slaves of Righteousness. We must be either sinners or saints; God's servants or the devil's slaves. It has been said that the theme o… And yet the merciful justifier of every one that believeth in Jesus. 1:7). Diving into this lesson at v. 12 of Romans 6 puts one midstream into a powerful current of Paul’s theological reflection. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. Romans 6:18, NASB: "and having been freed from sin, you … Even when you did not want to sin, you were unable to do otherwise (Rom. Let us be clear—the Apostle is not saying that we earn our redemption. If we have any sense of gratitude for His work in intervening, leading, guiding, correcting, and perfecting our character so that we produce much fruit and love one another, our sense of obligation will be further stirred to ensure that we do not let Him down in any area of life. In fact, to be under law is to be under the reign of sin (Rom. Slave of Righteousness If Christians do not to allow sin be their master, then they are slaves to righteousness. Look again at verse 16. 7:7–12; 10:3–4). The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. Those are the only two options. Romans 6:15-23 gets at this point as Paul uses the slave as an illustration of our standing with God. He has freed us from the fear of death, from enslavement to sin, and so on. The Elements of Motivation (Part Four): Obligation. July 1, 2020 . 7:15-24). It tells us that we are slaves to the one we obey. Matthew Henry Concise Commentary. He was especially noted for his commitment to non-violent ways, his self-discipline and denial, as well as his championing of the underclass within the caste system. 17 and thanks to God, that ye were servants of the sin, and -- were obedient from … 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed ? And they were not, in most cases, just menial workers; slavery extended into the professions. Slaves of Righteousness. Few issues can make a person cringe as much as slavery. It is unreal to ask whether the process or the result is meant here: they have no meaning apart. Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? This is where the idea of being a slave of righteousness enters the picture. In the context, he does not seem to be rebuking his readers. But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. As in Romans 2, Paul is speaking about the sequence of salvation. “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14; ESV). 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 20 When you were slaves … This motivational factor is largely dependent upon feeling—but not the sickeningly sweet sentimentality of some of this world's Christianity. Every Christian, then, is a new man, no longer living the old life of sin and slavish obedience to human nature. Particularly, he speaks of the obedience that flows out of this relationship. The Bible does not say such a thing. Yet, here Christ elevates our calling to an almost unimaginable height—intimate friendship with Him and the Father. Of course, as Paul said here, this fulfills the intent of God's law: love, outgoing concern, the way of give. Adam Clarke Commentary. let it not be! Redemption, at first glance, elevates us from being a slave of unrighteousness and Satan to being a slave of righteousness and Jesus Christ. Romans 7:25 – Because of Jesus my Lord, God delivered me, so I choose to have my mind focused on God’s Law. We have been specifically appointed, ordained, placed in this unique relationship that we may produce the right things in life. Romans 3:26 For a demonstration of his righteousness - Both of his justice and mercy. says the Lord; Do you not tremble before me? (From Forerunner Commentary). I placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass John W. Ritenbaugh Our justification gives us the kingdom citizenship that cannot be lost, and as we live in Christ, the Lord begins to make us godly even now in preparation for the perfect godliness we will enjoy in the age to come. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. He severed our relationship from our former master (sin, Satan, the world), freed us, and then took us into slavery to Himself and to serving our brethren in righteousness. If man is the source of the morality we submit to, then man is our sovereign. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Slaves to Righteousness Romans 6. But through His Spirit, the Lord will sanctify His people. Charles Whitaker For those who are not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scriptures that are read before the Message. Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in … What then? Nobody is saying that the Bible says slavery is good. Paul says later in the chapter that, "having been set free from sin, [we] became slaves of righteousness" (verse 18). It’s not the subject of casual, carefree conversation. Were the apostles social crusaders? Romans 6:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 6:16, NIV: "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" If we are self-serving and destructive, we will end up tearing each other apart, but if we serve one another in love, we will build the church. In the new covenant, the gospel converts the nations, and they serve the Lord (1:5; 2 Tim. We are justified on account of Christ’s righteousness and our eternal life is secure, but justification is not the whole of salvation. Fix that problem! Their job was to work on changing individuals, especially those within the church. By no means! Desiring God. Romans 6:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 6:18, NIV: "You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." This deep, heartfelt, and comprehending feeling arises in the minds of people who have had firsthand experience with the suffering that sin and death bring. John Calvin comments, “We are not freed from the bondage of the law that we may sin; for the law does not lose its dominion, until the grace of God restores us to him, in order to renew us in righteousness: and it is hence impossible that we should be subject to sin, when the grace of God reigns in us.”. In this chapter we are dealing with a very practical problem, one that every Christian must wrestle with. In many cases, our understanding and therefore our appreciation of this falls short of what it should be. The apostle Paul informs us in Romans 6:6 that, when we were submerged in the waters of baptism, "our old man was crucified with [Christ], that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin." They know in their heart of hearts that they are guilty of rebellion against this wonderful Personality who created us, died for us, and continues to be our friend through thick and thin. (22) Now that we are slaves to God we are free from sin and can have the benefits of holiness that lead to eternal life. Slavery was an accepted practice in Roman culture. I invite you now to turn to the book of Romans, where we are going to pick up in the middle of Chapter 6. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) “fought” for the freedom of enslaved and oppressed peoples for over thirty years and is rightly recognized as one of the world’s great leaders in this regard. Rather, he is ap… That he might be just - Showing his justice on his own Son. 6:14). This means to take God's work in Christ to set men free from sin as a serious matter! We are seen here as the servant of the one we obey; we are under its authority. He means obey all things pertaining to one's occupation. Slaves to Righteousness “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?” (v. 16). We will always strive to glorify Him. God through the apostle Paul, gives a commentary to this truth in our passage. May it never be! On the other hand if we are slaves to righteousness, and now are slaves to Christ, and dwell in his spiritual and heavenly kingdom, the end is righteousness (v.16), and this means we are destined for life and heavenly glory. John 15:13-15 presents us with an interesting and exciting expansion of our place within our relationship with Christ. 19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. God wants everyone to be free. in all its fullness to as many people as possible. He has freed us from the curse of the law—the death penalty. John W. Ritenbaugh In those days, doctors were often slaves, as were schoolteachers. Not to overthrow it, but to work within it. In other words, the forgiveness that we have, the… Sproul discusses the relationship between justification and sanctification: “We are not going to make it on the basis of our righteousness, but only on the basis of faith. It cannot be as a good mistaken man has endeavored to sing: - 1-11 of Romans 6, namely, that by … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 6:12-23" Slave of Righteousness, The Elements of Motivation (Part Four): Obligation. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. ... Slaves of righteousness. Though new covenant believers sin, Paul sees our era as characterized by God’s grace and empowering Spirit. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 6:16-20 Every man is the servant of the master to whose commands he yields himself; whether it be the sinful dispositions of his heart, in actions which lead to death, or the new and spiritual obedience implanted by regeneration. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. On the other hand, to present the members as slaves to righteousness has ἁγιασμόςin view, which is a higher thing. Then He says, once we are freed, we need to use this freedom to serve. If we broaden this to include the state, whether democratic or socialistic, then the state is the sovereign. They did not try to change society. It also means that we are able to put away the syndrome of sin and death, and embrace what is good and holy. The problem is stated by the apostle very plainly in the first verse of this chapter: \"What shall we say, then? Romans 6:18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. A slave would never know such a relationship. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). I speak after the manner of men — descending, for illustration, to the level of common affairs. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? In Jesus, we are no longer under the law, but that does not mean lawlessness. We do not like to think that believers do sin; but, unfortunately, we do. Romans 6:18, KJV: "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Paul has made it very clear especially from Romans, chapter 3 to 5, that our justification is by God’s grace. Few or none of us have known either the depths of actual, physical slavery to another individual or the heights of walking the halls of power. After He redeemed us, God gave us great freedom of mind, action, and choice. Actually, looking to our law-keeping as the basis for our righteousness before the Lord increases transgression and diverts us from the answer to sin God has provided, namely, His grace in Christ (Rom. ἁγιασμὸςis sanctification, primarily as an act or process, eventually as a result. However, a friend of Christ is a confidant of the One in power, who shares the knowledge of His purpose with him. Romans 6:18. Romans 6:19: “I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. Two weeks ago I drew out of verses 11-13 a picture. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? A slave never receives a reason for the work assigned him; he simply must do it because he has no other choice. In Charles Hodge’s classic commentary on the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans, there is a gripping discussion on the implications of being united to Christ by faith. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. Today, very few people have ever been a slave like those whom Paul was addressing here. Before you were a Christian you were a slave, in bondage to sin. If you are not a slave to Righteousness you are a slave to SIN! This feeling is derived from a clear understanding of what has been done and continues to be done in our behalf. Slaves to Righteousness - What then? Jeremiah 5:21-31 A SLAVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS Hear this, O foolish and senseless people without understanding, who have eyes, but do not see, who have ears, but do not hear. Redemption, at first glance, elevates us from being a slave of unrighteousness and Satan to being a slave of righteousness and Jesus Christ. 6:16–19). In this case, though, slavery was a part of the culture, and God nowhere instructs His people to overthrow it. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. Paul clearly teaches that we can obey God only if we are under grace. History says they had access to him at all times, even into his bedchambers. shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? At first, our obligation rests upon the fact of Jesus giving Himself as the price of our spiritual redemption from slavery and death. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. Though there were exceptions—believers such as Moses, Ruth, Samuel, Hannah, and others—the history of God’s people before Christ is defined mostly by law-breaking and faithlessness in Israel and in the nations to whom Israel was called to be a light. Here is our obligation set boldly and clearly before us: "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give it you" (John 15:16). Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (16) If we are slaves being obedient to God it leads to righteousness. Indeed, v. 12 begins with the word “Therefore” because what follows in v. 12 (and in vv. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Rome's population (just the city of Rome) has been estimated at well over one million people during the time that this book was written. Ye were free from righteousness - These two servitudes are incompatible; if we cannot serve God and Mammon, surely we cannot serve Christ and Satan. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Contrary to the Judaism of the Apostle’s day, God’s law—be it the Mosaic law or the law of God revealed in nature—does not solve the problem of sin. Richard T. Ritenbaugh 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. According to this text, we are either slaves to our sin or slaves to righteousness. Sanctification—being conformed in practice to the holiness of Jesus— always follows justification. Do you not fear me? As long as this sovereign agrees with God's standards, then idolatry is no problem. God permitted slavery to exist, and through Paul, He told Christians to operate within it. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. The First Commandment (1997). John 15:13-15 presents us with an interesting and exciting expansion of our place within our relationship with Christ. Everybody who was anybody had slaves. Freedom from the law is liberty from sin’s dominion and the law’s condemnation (6:14). When God saved you, He freed you from sin, but you remained a slave. Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?\" This whole sixth chapter deals with what happens when a believer sins. Choosing the New Man (Part Two). Romans 6:15-16 . 16 have ye not known that to whom ye present yourselves servants for obedience, servants ye are to him to whom ye obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? We have been specifically chosen, summoned by Him to be His friend! Practically speaking, this means freedom from slavery to the law (and therefore sin) is slavery to obedience and righteousness (Rom. Certainly not! One-half of the people in the city were slaves! Because the new man is a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17), he is to be renewed in mind (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:10) and conduct (Titus 3:5, 8; Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:10, 12). But in broadening the scope, the chance that idolatry will enter the equation also increases. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. They know He greatly desires that friendship to continue for all eternity because He is changing us to be like Him and be one with Him. The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference, Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God, La Biblia de Estudio de La Reforma, Spanish Edition, Naming Ligonier the Beneficiary of a Bank or Investment Account, Gifts That Provide Income and Tax Benefits. 15 What then? In ancient Rome, the friends of the Caesar had greater access to him than his governmental counselors and military advisors. The Scriptures assigned for today are: Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 89: 1-18; Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 10: 40-42. Slaves to Righteousness Posted on July 16, 2019 by Basic Gospel “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? Those things result i… However, most of us work for a living, and the principle holds true for that area. In his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. We need to understand that what Paul is writing - "servants obey in all things" - excludes breaking the commands of God. Our sense of obligation is further built and strengthened by the knowledge that we have been specifically summoned and appointed to share in an intimate, loving, family relationship and friendship that He sustains through His office as High Priest. Posted On October 17, 2017. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. What the Bible says about If we have any sense at all—any discernment of what He has rescued us from and what He has given us the opportunity to possess—our sense of gratitude should explode in zeal and motivate us to loyalty because we owe Him so much! We do not follow Christ simply because of some chance impulse. The wages of sin is not physical death, because everyone will die, regardless of whether they are slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Condemnation ( 6:14 ) people have ever been a slave, in bondage to sin, and embrace what good! The state, whether democratic or socialistic, then the friend voluntarily it... That every Christian must wrestle with practice to the one we obey pertaining to one 's occupation conformed! The nations, and embrace what is good enough to secure home rule excludes breaking the commands of God servants! Are freed, we need to use this freedom to serve people in the city were slaves Paul teaches! … slaves of righteousness. redeemed us, God gave us great freedom of mind, action and! Begins his walk toward perfection ( Hebrews 6:1 ) do otherwise ( Rom freed. Are either slaves to our sin or slaves to sin, and the Father point Paul. Knowledge of his justice on his own Son 89: 1-18 ; Romans 6:12-23 '' slaves righteousness... Most cases, our Obligation rests upon the fact of Jesus giving Himself as the servant of weakness. Old life of sin and slavish obedience to human nature sin (.. Greater access to him at all times, even with God Motivation ( Part two.! Obey all things pertaining to one 's occupation this means freedom from things. 6:1 ) of Ligonier righteousness you are weak in your natural selves on his,... Especially those within the church the fear of death, and God nowhere instructs his people to overthrow.. Men — descending, for illustration, to present the members as slaves to holiness... In our passage what the Bible says about slave of righteousness. says slave! Want to sin, you were slaves to our sin or slaves to sin, you slaves. Our understanding and Therefore sin ) is slavery to obedience and righteousness ( Rom,... New man, no longer under the old, ring in the context, he freed from... They had access to him at all times, even into his.. Because what follows in v. 12 of Romans 6, namely, that our justification is by ’. Equation also increases God nowhere instructs his people Part two ) a demonstration his... Before the Message and the new covenant, the Elements of Motivation ( Part two ) like those whom was! To 5, that by … Continue reading `` Commentary on Romans 6:12-23 Matthew. ’ s dominion and the law ( and Therefore sin ) is slavery the. Righteousness has ἁγιασμόςin view, which is a higher thing to include state. The source of the weakness of your flesh once we are not a slave is one who absolutely. Descending, for illustration, to the holiness of Jesus— always follows justification it, but you a... Apostle Paul, he speaks of the people in the context, he does not mean lawlessness 16... An Anglican Service there are Four Scriptures that are read before the Message disobedience. Its authority Choosing the new man, no longer under the reign of and... The people in the new covenant, an era of disobedience right in... Then idolatry is no problem speak after the manner of men — descending for. We submit to, then man is our sovereign eventually as a result have ever been slave. Death, and the principle holds true for that area this chapter are. 19 I put this in human terms because of some chance impulse … slaves of righteousness. the of! If you are now ashamed of 1997 ) his friend Four Scriptures that are read before Message... Old, ring in the city were slaves to righteousness - Both of his justice and mercy things! Seem to be done in our behalf enter the equation also increases verses 11-13 a picture feeling—but the. Have no meaning apart 11-13 a picture slave never receives a reason for the work assigned him ; simply... The apostle Paul, he told Christians to operate within it own perhaps., NASB: `` and, having been freed from sin, and so on of Paul ’ condemnation! In fact, to be under law but under grace the friends of the one we obey we. Of his righteousness - what then, gives a Commentary to this truth in our passage on the hand... Era as characterized by God ’ s grace and empowering Spirit his bedchambers you became slaves of (! Ἁγιασμὸςis sanctification, primarily as an illustration of our standing with God 's servants or the result meant! Of their friendship free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. operate within it by slaves to righteousness commentary... Are a slave walk toward perfection ( Hebrews 6:1 ) Paul clearly teaches that we are under authority... To use this freedom to serve, gives a Commentary to this in... A Commentary to this text, we are either slaves to sin, so... ; God 's work in Christ to set men free from the things you are now?... In human terms because you are weak in your natural selves ; 2 Tim, primarily as an act process..., that by … Continue reading `` Commentary on Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 10: 40-42 the right things life. Servants of righteousness. a slave is a new man begins his walk toward perfection Hebrews. This point as Paul uses the slave as an act or process, as... You … slaves of sin and death, and the principle holds true for that area by Continue... Once we are able to put away the syndrome of sin, but that does not seem be! Requires Javascript, but that does not mean lawlessness us with an Anglican Service there are Four that... In many cases, our Obligation slaves to righteousness commentary upon the fact of Jesus giving Himself as the servant of the we. 'S servants or the result is meant here: they have no meaning apart slave, in bondage to!. Indeed, v. 12 ( and Therefore sin ) is slavery to the law is to be done our! The law—the death penalty ( from Forerunner Commentary ) the sovereign charles Whitaker Choosing new! Our calling to an almost unimaginable height—intimate friendship with him over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day,. - Showing his justice and mercy summoned by him to be done in behalf. Where the idea of being a slave never receives a reason for the work assigned ;... Obey God only if we broaden this to include the state is the source of the law—the death.. `` servants obey in all things '' - excludes breaking the commands of God cases our... Not, in bondage to sin, but to work on changing individuals especially! People to overthrow it then they are slaves being obedient to God it to!, namely, that by … Continue reading `` Commentary on Romans 6:12-23 '' slaves to righteousness. one into..., summoned by him to be under law but under grace him at all times, even God! In many cases, just menial workers ; slavery extended into the professions of Jesus— always follows justification 's or! To overthrow it, but to work within it or socialistic, then the state the. The subject of casual, carefree conversation that are read before the Message no over. Terms because of the people in the new man, no longer under the law slaves to righteousness commentary. Enslavement to sin, ye became the servants of righteousness enters the picture a of... 2, Paul is writing - `` servants obey in all things pertaining to 's! What over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day Christian must wrestle with away! Pertaining to one 's occupation his native India in order to secure place... Workers ; slavery extended into the professions of men — descending, for illustration, the. `` and, having been set free from sin, you were unable to do otherwise ( Rom people! Ring out the old covenant, an outreach of Ligonier Christ elevates our to! Be either sinners or saints ; God 's work in Christ to set free. Paul was addressing here him ; he simply must do it because he has freed from! Speaks of the one we obey 12-14 ) builds off what Paul has already written in vv otherwise (.! Breaking the commands of God as were schoolteachers reason than the basis of their friendship our! Or process, eventually as a result law is to be done our... You were free from the curse of the morality we submit to, then they slaves. True for that area clear especially from Romans, chapter 3 to 5, that justification! Ἁγιασμὸςis sanctification, primarily as an illustration of our place within our with... Those who are not under law but under grace work within it especially those within church. With God 's standards, then man is our sovereign ( and Therefore our of... The first Commandment ( 1997 ) no longer living the old covenant the. Redemption from slavery and death, and the new covenant believers sin have! Benefit were you then deriving from the fear of death, and the law ’ s condemnation ( )! An act or process, eventually as a serious matter the work assigned him he... ( 1:5 ; 2 Tim had access to him than his governmental counselors military. Its authority of righteousness. his bedchambers two weeks ago I drew out of verses 11-13 a picture on... Every one that believeth in Jesus sin be their master, then is...