From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God
Many people do not realize we pass from one level in life to another level in life wherein a person goes from the limited realm where we are bound by sin to the unlimited realm of God based upon who our master is. In the limited realm wherein sin dwells we live according to what we experience through our senses and are limited to what we can see, hear, taste, smell and feel. God has made it possible for a person to move from the lower realm of life with all of its limitations to a place where our limitations are removed and we can enjoy complete joy, peace, and fulfillment in His Son who prepared the way for us. Man wasn’t created with limitations, he became limited after he allowed his thinking to interfere with his ability to believe thereby choosing to live on the lowest level of life. We were not placed on this level by God, we chose it. But the Good News is, we don’t have to stay where we are because God has made a way for us to leave that low place and move up to a higher level where He dwells and there are no limitations.
I want to switch thoughts here for just a minute and explain why I believe people do not try to attain the higher level of life in God where there are no limitations and is free for the asking. Sinners do not consider themselves to be walking dead men. But If may paint a picture of a death row inmate who lives in a cell on death row. This walking dead man can see the death chamber sitting at the end of the hall in plain sight so he has no problem believing death is ever present with him. The sinner like the death row inmate is a walking dead man even though he can walk freely about. Sinners are prisoners on death row bound by their sinning ways, but do not understand that the death chamber of hell awaits them behind the closed-door at the end of life. There is good news though for both the prison inmate and the sinner. You don’t have to die! Though the death row inmate may have to actually experience physical death for the crimes he committed against humanity, he doesn’t have to die a death far worse than that for the crimes he committed against God. Neither the death row inmate or the sinner have to die the second death because there is a whole other level of life he can attain if he will change his status from a slave of sin that keeps him on life’s death row to that of a slave to God where true freedom is a right and pardons are freely granted. According to the Apostle Paul, man doesn’t own the rights to his life; therefore he is accountable to the One who holds those rights. We are all slaves to someone. Either Satan is our master where sin keeps us bound and eternal death stares us in the face, or the Lord God is our Master where unlimited life above anything we can imagine, hope for, or desire, is found. Serving Satan leads to eternal death, while serving God is life everlasting. God set the life of man up like this because we cannot be faithful to both He, and Satan, at the same time. Jesus explained this in [Matthew 6:24] where He said, “You cannot serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” And in [Luke 18:18&22] Jesus explained this concept to a rich young man who was rich in this worlds goods. The young man asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responded in the third verse following the man’s question, “…sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Or, in other words, Jesus told the rich young ruler he would have to leave behind his love of wealth and follow Him, if he wanted to receive eternal life. The words of Jesus forced the young man to choose between this present life in which this world’s riches was his god, or following Christ into eternity and serving Him alone. The rich young ruler made his decision and chose his worldly riches over following Jesus. We read the story and think, “What a poor choice the young man made.” But, whether we realize it or not; we Christians are faced with making choices like this everyday. And many times we come to the same conclusion about following Jesus the rich young ruler came to, and for the same reason.
Now I want to switch back to my first line of thought; some people believe they can live in sin and serve Christ at the same time. But, Jesus said a person cannot have two masters and He gave the reason why. But, this kind of foolish thinking isn’t new to man. The Apostle Paul addressed this situation in a long letter to the Christians in the Roman Church back in the first century. Who did I say Paul’s letter was written to? Christians; not sinners. He wrote in [Romans 6:15-23] “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves to sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having becomes slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The apostle Paul did not mince words with the Romans believers. He told them very plainly, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” He laid out for the Christians in Rome the two choices the child of God is faced with. We can continue living in sin which leads to death, or to live a life obedient unto Christ which leads to righteousness and eternal life. Those are the only two choices available to the believer.
Today, people use these scriptures from the book of Romans in their evangelistic efforts to win the lost, and that is good as long as they realize that when these scriptures were written by the Apostle Paul, they were written to Christians, not unsaved people. Paul warned the Roman Christians to leave behind their old way of life and become a slave of God serving the Lord Jesus Christ wherein our righteousness is found and fruit unto eternal life is obtained. Paul considered these words to be of the utmost important because some of the Roman Christians were continuing to live as slaves to sin after they received Christ. The times really haven’t changed all that much in the church. Jesus addressed this problem, the Apostle Paul addressed this problem, and the modern-day church should be addressing this problem as well because sin robs the church of power, and right now the church is pretty much powerless. If there is power in the church, we have managed to keep it pretty well hidden because it’s the active, dynamic, power of God that enables the church and draws the sinner into the house of God. [Romans 15:18-19] DThrash
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