People who refuse to hear the good news of Christianity, because they don’t see any difference in others who claim to be Christians, are being influenced by them and following in their footsteps. Both are deceived; both are slaves to their own sin; both are obeying their own desires and are at enmity with God. These are continuing to purchase death for themselves and leading others in the same path.
As we’re almost half through hearing the preaching of Paul’s letter to the Romans (Romans 6) let us recap the main things.
- His purpose for writing the letter ~ to bring obedience of faith through the gospel
- The power of the gospel ~ doing its own work in the believer
- Righteousness revealed ~ in the gospel and in the believer
We have learned how powerful the gospel is over the power of sin ~ greater than the power in man to sin is the power of God to deliver man from the dominion of sin.
Paul compares the Christian life to that of a slave. We were slaves to sin; slaves of the flesh to our own desires until Christ redeemed us. He bought us with the price of His own blood. So now we are slaves to righteousness. We agree with this purchase when we repent and turn from sin to Christ and follow Him. Proof of His purchase is a new life ~ eternal life ~ that begins here; sanctifying us; setting us apart from the world; and preparing us for His glory.
The true Christian is not making excuses so as to continue sinning ~ working for the common wage of death. True faith is new life in the Christian, empowered by the word of God, earned for us by Christ as a gift of His righteousness, and working in us the desire to please Him and serve Him.
Those who claim the blood of Christ have the witness in themselves and in the reality of a life of righteousness. We no longer love the things of the world; but we love the things of God. We present ourselves as slaves of righteousness to God; and to the world as proof of His purchase. We bear the fruit of righteousness in our lives as proof of what He has planted in us. We shall see in chapter seven the continued battle against sin.
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto holiness,
and the end everlasting life.”
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this unspeakable gift, and the unsearchable riches of Christ, to whom we belong, and in whom we are promised to be joint-heirs of your kingdom. Work in us His righteousness according to the power of your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.