|Romans 6:18-20 |
18 Having then been set free from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness.7 [He is speaking to very mature Christians, who have suffered on the cross to be free with sin; but they can still fall to temptation if they are not watchful because they have not received the second step of perfection: to be born of God and unable to sin again because the Father protects them. 1 John 3:9, 1 John 5:18, John 10:29. A slave of righteousness does only what he is ordered to do and says only what he hears from the Spirit immediately before speaking.]
19 I speak in terms of men because of the weakness of your flesh. As you previously yielded your body to the slavery of uncleanness and from wickedness to wickedness; so now yield your body to the slavery of righteousness that results in holiness.8
20 For when you were the slaves of sin, you were free from the rule of righteousness.
8as you previously yielded your body to the slavery of uncleanness and from wickedness to wickedness; so now yield your body to the slavery of righteousness that results in holiness. Paul is saying that all men are in slavery to uncleanness and wickedness; and to be a follower of Christ, you must yield your body to the slavery of righteousness, the end product of which is holiness. Have you yielded your body to the slavery of righteousness? Have you become holy? If not, you have not attained salvation nor entered the rest. If you are not holy, you cannot expect to hear anything at judgment except your banishment from heaven.