What Does Romans 6:16 Mean?

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Romans 6:16(ESV)

Verse Thoughts

God spoke the world into existence and by His Word He declared His unchanging and unchangeable laws into being and so often in Scripture we see God’s principles laid out so simply and yet we are often unable or unwilling to apply His instruction in our own lives. Paul here contrasts God’s principles of servitude and slavery with the liberty and freedom, that is in Christ Jesus, so that we may live godly lives by rejecting the former and applying the latter.

Before being born from above and being baptised into Christ by the Holy Spirit, every believer was dead in their trespasses, slaves to sin and in servitude to Satan. But since trusting Christ as Saviour and being positioned in Him as part of the family of God, we have been placed under a new system of government. We have moved from the kingdom of darkness into the glorious kingdom of light and have exchanged being a slave to sin to being servants of righteousness.

The unsaved man is excluded from the kingdom of God’s Son and can only yield to sin and death, but the believer has a choice. He can choose to become entangled again in the law of sin and death, through carnality, legalism, rebellion and sin or he can submit himself to the leading of the Sprit and become a servant of obedience, which leads to righteousness.

What a vital truth for all believers to recognize and apply to our own lives. How wonderful to realize that we have been taken out of the old creation and placed into the new, we have been removed from being in Adam to being in Christ; we have exchanged servitude to Satan, sin and death to yielding to the Spirit as servants of righteousness and life, which produces a liberty of mind that is in stark contrast to sin’s state of slavery.

Let us glorify God with our bodies and submit our lives to the leading of the Spirit for we have been delivered from the dominion of evil as willing slaves to sin have been reunited with our precious Saviour, by grace through faith. Let us from this day forward be willing servants of Christ’s righteousness.

My Prayer

Father, I willingly submit my life to You and pray that from this day forward I live as a servant of righteousness, that is pleasing to You, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

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