Unlimited: The Benefit of Being a Slave of God
Nov 4, 2022 370
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life (Romans 6:22).
Being a slave of sin leads to death. But the benefit of being a slave of God is holiness, and the result is eternal life. Why would anyone choose any other destiny?
When Paul writes “now having been set free”, the verb form (aorist passive participle) refers to an action that was done by someone else at one point in the past. A Christian does not hope to be set free from sin at some point in the future, but instead knows that they were set free from sin by Christ’s mighty saving act at Calvary. This forms the bedrock of their faith.
The benefit of being a slave of God is holiness, and the result is eternal life.
Notice these two groups of statements. The first group of statements say that we are now “being set free from sin” and that we set ourselves free from sin. The second group of statements say that we “have been set free from sin” by Christ in the past.
There is a world of difference between these two groups of statements. If your Christian experience lies within the first statements, you will have a miserable existence, no matter how religious you may be. But if you understand the Gospel and accept the second set of statements, your life will be full of peace and joy. And the result will be even better. It will be eternal life!
Romans 6:22 is a magnificent verse that call for a response in praise. What are you going to do to praise God in a special way today?