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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Romans 6:16

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?
Romans 6:16

Paul is making a powerful argument in Romans 6 that Christians should not have a cavalier attitude toward sin nor should we marginalize the importance of practical holiness. The precious riches of grace that our Father has extended toward us should not lead us to conclude He is unconcerned about our daily sins. As someone else has observed, God sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are; but He does not want us to stay as we are.

Paul's declaration is that we are slaves of the master whom we obey. One master hates us and desires to lead us into death with him in hell and wants us to be as wicked as he is. The other Master loves us, laid down His life for us that we might be rescued from hell, and wants us to be as holy as He is. We are slaves—of that there is no question -- but we can choose our master. Paul exhorts us to look at the character of the master you choose, and at the ultimate consequences thereof.

Paul not only encourages us to look forward to the end result of what each master offers, but to remember the consequences in the past. When you were slaves of sin, what benefit were you deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? We get nothing but gain in becoming freed from sin and enslaved to God. We get sanctification and joy now. We get eternal life and pleasures forevermore later. So choose wisely today!

Tom Day



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