Romans 6:1-2. It is so important to really hear and apply these words!
“What shall we say to all this (being saved by God’s grace alone)? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace, favor, and mercy may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?”
Wake up! Our baptism and “new birth” reveals that we died into Christ’s death and were raised up by the glorious power of the Father as displayed in Jesus’ resurrection! This enables us to live habitually in a new life! In other words, we are trying by habit to live in righteousness. By sharing in His death and resurrection, we have become one with Him in spirit. We have been “born again”. Our old unrenewed self was nailed to the cross so that the power and bondage of sin might be made ineffective, and we would no longer be slaves of sin. In Christ’s resurrection, we now live in Him! We are now free to live in His righteous ways.
We must realize that our inner man is broken away from sin and now we are alive to God and His righteousness. We must not let sin reign in control over us by yielding to its cravings. We should no longer yield our bodies to be instruments of wickedness. We are now enabled to offer and yield ourselves to God as instruments of righteouness. This is not because we are now slaves under God’s laws, but rather because we are now sons and daughters of God’s favor, love, and mercy! We follow Him because we love Him!
Whoever you continually surrender yourself to is the one you are obeying. If you surrender yourself to the world, you will become enslaved to it. Surrendering to sin leads to destruction and death. But surrendering in obedience to God leads to righteousness (right being and right doing) and eventually eternal life. Thank God that though you once were slaves to sin, now you can choose to follow God in righteousness! How amazing that we can partake in God’s divine will in our thoughts, purposes, and actions! This process and workmanship of God in our lives is called sanctification.
When you are slaves to sin, then you have no freedom in righteousness and no benefits; only shame and death. But now we have been set free from sin’s bondage, and we can now serve God in righteousness…leading us to holiness and ending in eternal life! Choose righteousness and eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 8: 34-36, “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”