Being a Slave of Righteousness – Romans 7:6

“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” The Apostle Paul argues that you are a slave to what you serve or obey (vs. 6:16-18). According to Paul, the moral dilemma that confronts each of us is that we are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. Those who have faith in Christ are set free from slavery to sin and are enabled to be the obedient servants of righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit. We no longer have to try to avoid sin through compliance with a written code because the God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. We serve and obey God’s righteousness in the newness of life provided by Christ’s sacrificial death and imputed to us by His Spirit. So be the slave of righteousness by yielding to the Holy Spirit Who dwells in you, renews your mind, and empowers you for service in God’s Kingdom.

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