Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Quick thoughts: Romans 6:20-23
When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But 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.
Again, just a few quick thoughts:
- Slaves to sin means being free from righteousness, therefore now that we are slaves to righteousness/God, we should be free from sin. There is no excuse!
- There is no true benefit to sin, it brings a small amount of satisfaction here which does not last, and even if it does, it results in death physically and spiritually leading to God's eternal wrath in hell since he is just and must punish sin.
- Being Slaves of God (Christians) has benefit: forgiveness, no guilt, no fear of death or condemnation, God's mercy and grace eternally, eternal life with God, comfort and strength here, etc.
- Wages is what your paid for your actions. So sin results in death, it's the 'reward' for sinfulness. But eternal life (resulting from salvation/turning to Christ) is a gift - we don't deserve it in any way, and we have no reason to boast.