Slaves of Sin or Righteousness

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on July 26, 2015
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Romans 6:1-2 What is our proper response to the grace God has given us?

Romans 6:3-7
We are by default salves to sin. The surest escape from slavery is death. In order to find liberation from sin we too must die (spiritually).

Romans 6:8-11
We need to count up the matter, realize what really happened, and understand that we are now dead to sin. Ultimately this chapter is dealing with identity. Who are you?

Romans 6:12-14
We can’t let sin dominate us. Our members should now be instruments of righteousness. Sin no longer has the right to rule over you. You have a choice. Christ did not die to make us forgiven sinners; he died to break the power of sin itself and free us from its dominion!

Romans 6:15-23
Become free from sin so you may become a slave to righteousness. However, even once we embrace righteousness, we still do not earn eternal life—it remains a gift.

First generation Christians frequently referred to themselves as slaves of Christ or slaves of God.

Romans 1:1
From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.

Philippians 1:1
From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons.

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you and a slave of Christ, greets you. He is always struggling in prayer on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

Titus 1:1
From Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God's chosen ones and the knowledge of the truth that is in keeping with godliness,

James 1:1
From James, a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes dispersed abroad. Greetings!

2 Peter 1:1
From Simeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, have been granted a faith just as precious as ours.

Jude 1
From Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:1
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants [slaves] what must happen very soon. He made it clear by sending his angel to his servant John,

As long as you are unwilling to confess you are a slave of Christ, you remain a slave to sin and unrighteousness, but once you confess him as master/lord, he sets you free from everything you could not conquer on your own.

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