Saturday Morning: 23 Mar 2019 – Romans 6:15-23 ~ slaves of whatever we choose to obey

Saturday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 6:15-23 (NLT)

Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Morning Reflection:

“Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey?
You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death,
or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.”
– Romans 6:16

Our choices have consequences, as is made clear in today’s reading. Paul lays out two choices: the pleasures of sin leading to death, or heartfelt obedience leading to life. We become slaves of one or the other by choice.

Sin leads to death, but obedience leads to righteousness and eternal life.

The Consequences of Sin – enslavement, death, enslavement to impurity and lawlessness, further enslavement to impurity and lawlessness, disregard for righteousness, shame, deception resulting in death.

The Consequences of Obedience – faithfulness, righteousness, heartfelt acquiescence, teachable, freedom from sin, Christ-likeness, freedom from shame, enjoyment of eternal life.

By the grace of God, through faith in Christ Jesus, believers have been spiritually delivered from sin. Now the challenge becomes to live out this spiritual reality as a daily practical reality in our lives.

Questions for consideration:

  • Do you think of yourself as a slave to anything, or anyone? Please explain.
  • Is being a child of God and also a slave of God a contradiction of terms? Please explain.
  • What are the effects of residual sin in your life? Please explain.
  • What hinders your living as a godly person. Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: You have made us your children, one with Christ Jesus, by grace alone through faith alone. Fill us with your Spirit that we might willingly and joyfully live out this reality in faithful obedience to your will for our lives. Forgive our lapses into our old ways, free us from our past, and guide us along the path leading to a full, satisfying life – now and forever. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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“Holiness Unto The Lord” – Vineyard Worship

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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