Free Slaves of God
The two reasons grace overcomes sin are because of the new position given to us:
- In Christ we are dead to sin and alive to God (v. 2–14)
- In Christ we are slaves of God (v. 14–23)
I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh - The apostle Paul uses slavery as an illustration of our position in relation to sin and righteousness.
- The flesh is that part of us that remains self-seeking and sinful.
- This is an illustration drawn from an earthly human limited perspective. Not everything about human slavery is the same as being a slave of God.
- Because of the sinful flesh we are all spiritually limited so that it’s difficult to fully grasp the meaning of the freedom from sin that’s under grace.
- The illustration of slavery helps us understand that under grace God is our Master and we belong to Him and we owe Him our complete obedience.
For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness - We must willingly give ourselves to righteousness just as sinners willingly give themselves to sin.
for when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness - Sin gives the illusion of freedom to indulge in desires and pleasures but it’s still slavery.
What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death - Grace has changed the heart to recognize the truth about sin.
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life - Grace has changed the heart to obey God.
- We are in the position of being liberated from sin and now a slave of God.
- The fruit is the outcome or result of actions and behavior.
- The reward of God’s slaves is sanctification and serving and pleasing Him!
- Everlasting life is a quality of life. A life of righteousness is eternal.
- This motivation only works for those whose hearts have been transformed by the grace of God - Ezekiel 36:26–27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord - The result of serving sin is eternal death. But God in His grace gives to us eternal life which cannot be earned. It is Christ’s life given for us and given to us.
Grace transforms us so that we want to obey God and want to be His slave!