6:15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but
grace? May it never be!
6:16 Don't you know that to whom you present yourselves
servants to obedience,
his servants you are whom you obey;
whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
6:17 But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bondservants
you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching
you were delivered.
6:18 Being made free from sin, you became
6:19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh,
for as you presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to
wickedness upon wickedness,
even so now present your members as servants to righteousness for
6:20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free in
6:21 What fruit then did you have at that time in the things
which you are now ashamed?
For the end of those things is death.
6:22 But now, being made free from sin, and having become
you have your fruit of sanctification, and the result of eternal
6:23 For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Is the idea of a slave to sin in this section talking about sin
our destiny or sin controlling our behavior?
How do you answer people, according to this section, who may ask
Christians are freely forgiven and if their salvation status is
upon their performance, then why should they worry about not
salvation is secure, then why not do whatever you feel like doing?
incentive is there for not sinning?"
What corrupting effects can sin have in a person's life?
What benefits do you and will you get from living righteously?
Sin, but not Freed to Sin
6:16-18 Do you
that to whom you
present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves
obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading
God be thanked that though
you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that
doctrine to which you were delivered.And having been set free from
became slaves of righteousness.
It is an oxymoron to say we are free to sin, seeing as sinning
form of slavery. But even back in New Testament times
who claimed to be Christians but preached that Christians should
free to continue in sin. "For
mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful
desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are
escaping from those who live in error. They promise them
they themselves are slaves of depravity— for a man is a slave
whatever has mastered him."2Peter
Deception is the sinful nature's most effective weapon,
regenerate that it's sinful desires are our desires. They're
will elaborate upon this distinction later in chapter 7 and
Obedience to God is characteristic of those born of God, as
"My sheep listen to my
know them, and they follow me."John
10:27 Thus "We
we have come to know him if we obey his commands."1John 2:3 Obedience
accompanies saving faith. And while there is a struggle against
flesh in the process of obedience, it is not begruding,
obedience, but rather from the heart. In fact to avoid a
sense of obedience, God has given very few regulations with
Christian living. Rather most commands given to the Christians
the epistles are about attitude, commands which cannot be
one weren't doing so with one's heart.
Let not people have the misconception that being set free from
are free to do whatever we want. For "he died for all, that those who live
should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for
was raised again." 2Cor
regenerate nature in a sense enslaves us to do what is right.
Thus "No one who is born
of God will (characteristically) continue to sin, because God’s
remains in him; he cannot
(characteristically) go on
sinning, because he has been born of God." 1John 3:9
Fruit Would You Prefer?
in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just
you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of
leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as
righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin,
free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then
things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those
I reckon one thing that motivates behavior is considering the
product. Sin begats sin. Compromises can lead to greater sins
addictions in which one can become entrenched. Paul described
general process of depravity in chapter 1. There he also spoke
shameful lusts (Rom 1:26)
while the unregenerate may not feel ashamed, when a person comes
Christ, shame for sinful deeds follows. Shame for sinful deeds
indicative of a healthy conscience. And consequently the
motivate one to right behavior, as also one's perception of the
of sin. Sin brings shame and while it doesn't bring condemnation
those born of God, it does bring depravity and unfruitfulness,
sin? Sinning is unproductive. Notice how this kind of motivation
differs from the law of sin and death. This is walking by the
It's motivated by perspectives and attitudes which are a product
faith in Christ.
The believer has the potential
of living a fruitful life. In fact with regards to his own life
didn't even consider it possible that his life would be
he says, "If I am to go on
in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me."Php 1:22a For Jesus said, "If a man remains in me and I
he will bear much fruit" John
Wage vs. The Gift
Rom 6:22,23But now having been set free
and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to
the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but
of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
While slavery has a negative connotation, in fact we are all
Among other things, we are either slaves to God or slaves to
realize also that being a slave is not the same as being a
Slaves have a free will to obey or disobey their master, but
are slaves to sin are coerced by the sinful nature to sin, while
who are slave to God have pledged allegiance to Jesus as Lord
given such a nature such as obedience to God becomes natural. "For we are God’s workmanship,
in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in
advance for us
to do."Eph 2:10
Death with respect to our relationship with God is the wage of
eternal life is not the wage of God but the gift of God.
in chapter 4 he made a contrast between a wage and a gift. "Now when a man works, his
not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However,
man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked,
faith is credited as righteousness."Rom 4:4,5 People work to be
condemned. They deserve condemnation because they worked for it.
don't earn eternal life. Eternal life is God's gift.
believer does not produce fruit to holiness in order to be
Rather we are first saved, guaranteed eternal life, and then
work to be
holy - a process known as sanctification.