(1) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 6: 15-16 (ESV) “We Are Slaves To Whom We Obey”

15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do 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? 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:

a 6 Greek man

b 7 Greek has been justified

c 16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see >Preface; twice in this verse; also verses 17, 19 (twice), 20

 (4) Message map: Rom. 5: 1 – 21

“Sanctification Enslaves Us To The Master of Righteousness”

  • We are slaves to what or whom we obey
  • Sanctification Is An Ongoing Process of Presenting Our Members as Slaves to The Master of Righteousness
  • We Produce 1 of 2 Fruits: shame & Death vs. sanctification and eternal life
  • The Quality of Fruit Is Determined By How We Hear

(5) We are slaves to whom we obey

Rom 6: 15-18

15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!

By No Means = that is not what you are becoming!

Law = custom, law; in NT: of law in general, plur: of divine laws; of a force or influence impelling to action; of the Mosaic law; meton: of the books which contain the law, the Pentateuch, the Old Testament scriptures in general.

Grace = grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

We are becoming the products of one of two laws: 1) The Law of Works (our own self-righteous effort; OR … 2) The Law of Faith, which puts us in touch with God’s grace to empower us.

God’s law is “written on our hearts” (Rom 2:15)

Rom 2:15-16 15They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

In other words, Christ will judge us according to the secrets of our hearts.  We can be thankful that the secrets of our hearts which produce sinful actions ae being sanctified and lessened by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the actions they produce are covered by the forgiveness Christ earned for us on The Cross!

Under The Law of Works we are …

  • Judged according to our works – to reap what we sow. (Rom 2:6) w/ or w/o law (Rom 2:12)
  • Rom 2:6-7 “He will render to each one according to his works: 7to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”
  • Rom 2: 6-7 EW paraphrase: “You get what you do.” You reap what you sow.
  • Gal 6:7-8 7“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return. 8The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.…
  • Job 4:8 As I have observed, those who plow iniquity, and those who sow trouble, reap the same.
  • Job 13:9 Would it be well when He examined you? Could you deceive Him like a man?
  • Hosea 8:7 “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.
  • Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” (I’ll come back to this at the end of our message today.)
  • Hosea 10:13 You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your mighty men,
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who submit to or perform homosexual acts,
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6 Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
  • James 3:18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
  • aware of the shortfalls in our sanctification (Rom 2: 17-20 & 3: 19-20)
  • aware of the shortfalls in our sanctification (Rom 2: 17-20 & 3: 19-20)
  • delusional in self-righteous fulfillment, boastful, self-exulting, braggarts (Rom 4:2, Jas 4:6, 1Pet 5:5)
  • paid wages due us that are commensurate with our performance (Rom 6: 23)

Under Grace’s Law of Faith we become

  • Justified by God’s grace Rom 3: 21-26 A most beautiful piece of Scripture says… 21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
  • empowered to uphold the law (Rom 3:31)
  • participants who walk in & receive the promises of the faith of Abraham & David, and have our lawless deeds forgiven. (Rom 4: 1-8, 13 & 16–25) 1What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5And to the one who does not work but believes ina him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  Setting us free from working to be righteous.  & 16-17 16That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
  • Rom 4:13 “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.” And …
  • Rom 4: 16 – 25 16That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
  • Baptized in Christ to stand in grace in peace with God (Rom 6:1-4 & Rom 5:1-2)

(6) We are slaves to whom we obey 

Rom 6:16 Do you not know that if you present (come up to and stand by to offer) yourselves to anyone as obedient (submissiveness, compliance in response to someone speaking, both from an earthly voice and the Lord’s voice – see 2 Cor 10:5; 1 Pet 1:2).) slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

  • 2 Cor 10:5 ESV – We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
  • 1Pet 1:2 NLT – God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.

We are slaves (bonded to whom we obey. (submit, are compliant, pledge allegiance to)

Does this mean we can be slaves of the following?

  1. Self Y/N
  2. Sin Y/N
  3. Satan Y/N
  4. Worldly Philosophies Y/N
  5. God & His Righteousness Y/N

(7) Sanctification Is An Ongoing Process of Presenting Our Members to The Master of Righteousness 

Does having a master of righteousness mean

Rom 2:17 – 20 says living by the law produces these positive outcomes:

  • We are trained to listen to and obey our master T/F
  • We are at the beck and call of our Master. T/F
  • We can get away with disobeying when the master is away. T/F
  • We live off what the Master provides for us. T/F
  • We serve as an extension of our master. T/F

(8) Sanctification Is An Ongoing Process of the Master Conforming Us To Keep His Law  

Matt 5:17 ESV “Do not think (NLT = “Don’t misunderstand why) that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill (to complete, consummate — Webster’s: to bring or carry to the utmost point or degree) them.

Sanctification is the ongoing process of The Master conforming Us To His law (ways of doing things) Sanctification is the ongoing process of The Master conforming Us To His law (ways of doing things)

Rom 2:17 – 20 says living by the law produces these positive outcomes:

  1. Rom 2:17 it should instruct and inform us that we need to “boast in God
  2. Rom 2:18 it gives the ability to “know his [God’s] will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law;
  3. Rom 2:19 it qualifies or anoints us to be “a guide to the blind, [and] a light to those who are in darkness,
  4. Rom 2:20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children,
  5. Rom 2:20b-21 since “in the law [we have] the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 [we can] teach others, and [ourselves].

(9) We Produce 1 of 2 Fruits:

Rom 6: 20 -21 One leads to shame & Death. The other leads to sanctification and eternal life     

We either produce 1) the fruit of sin, which leads to death, or 2) the fruit of obedience, which leads to righteousness.

20For when you were slaves (living under the authority) of sin, you were free (delivered from obligation, unbound, unshackled) in regard to righteousness.

21But what fruit (figuratively action, result, (c) profit, gain) were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? (Personally disgraced because of misplaced confidence from believing the big lie” that brings on “fitting” shame that matches the error of wrongly identifying and aligning with what is wrong.)

For the end of those things is death.(a) spiritual death, which is separation from the life giving salvation of God forever; b) dying physically without first experiencing “death to self” to receive His gift of salvation.)

(10) Let’s Get Liberated from the Self-Guided Law of Low Living

We live by one of 3 laws:

  • The Self-Righteous Law of Low Living, means we set up standards for ourselves, which we can’t keep.
  • No one perfectly keeps their own code of ethics. So we should acknowledge we need grace.
  • So we should not judge but evangelize others so they also see their need of God’s grace and acknowledge and submit to Christ to receive it.
  • Carnal License or Licentiousness, saying it doesn’t matter or, I can do what I want, when I want, in the way I want, and everyone else just has to put up with it. This is what Gal 6:8 calls sowing to the flesh.  (merely of human origin or empowerment, proceeding out of the untouched (unchanged) part of us not yet transformed by God)
  • Gal 6: 7-8 7Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
  • Live out Our liberty in Christ, says JV McGee (freedom, liberty, especially: a state of freedom from slavery.)
  • Galatians 5:13. For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom (KJV = liberty) as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

If we think God’s thoughts, we get feelings/emotions that are consistent white fruit of the spirit, which in gal 5: 22-23 are 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness,… Click To Tweet

(11) The Fruit of Sanctification Is Determined By How We Hear   

Rom 6: 22-23 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification (a— the process of making or becoming holy, set apart to God; b—the process of advancing in holiness); use of the believer being progressively transformed by the Lord into His likeness (similarity of nature). See 40 /hagios (“holy”).) And its end, eternal life.

Fruit = “the Lord living His life through ours – to yield what is eternal

John 15:4-5 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Abide in me, says e-sword = Hold fast faith and a good conscience; and let no trials turn you aside from the truth. And I will abide in you – ye shall receive every help and influence from me that your souls can require, in order to preserve and save them to eternal life.

Abiding includes listening/hearing:

Luke 8:18 (NLT) says “So pay attention to how (in what manner, by what means) you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

Listening in this sense means seeking information and desiring to be taught.

Listening leads to thoughts and feelings that are of the fruit of the Spirit Gal 5: 22-23

Rom 12: 1-2 says — 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

So if we think a thought we get a feeling.

If we feel that way long enough, we act upon it.

If we think God’s thoughts, we get feelings/emotions that are consistent white fruit of the spirit, which in gal 5: 22-23 are 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

If we sow God’s thoughts, we will reap Biblical actions.

If we sow Biblical actions we will reap a Christ-like character.

Rom 6: 23 Listening is free. Thus 23the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord.  By listening in submission to Christ, the Master of Righteousness, we will reap a harvest of character suitable to our eternal life.

Matthew 12:33 Verse Comparison:

ESV & NAS— “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.

KJB — Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

NIV — “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

NLT — “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.

Listening well is part of Rom6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(12) The Quality of Our Sanctification & Fruit Is Determined By The Soil of How We Hear

Mark 4:9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear …

How we hear produces life. — Luke 8:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and gave fruit a hundred times as much. And with these words he said in a loud voice, He who has ears, let him give ear.

How we hear can produce death — Luke 14:35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile …… use for it. He who has ears, let him give ear. …. …

In the Parable of the Sower, the quality of hearing determines the quality of our soil upon/into which the seed of God’s Word falls.

Luk 8:11 …The seed is the word of God.

Luk 8:12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

Luk 8:13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.

Luk 8:14  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.

Luk 8:15  As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luk 8:5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it.

Luk 8:6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.

Luk 8:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it.

Luk 8:8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

Luk 8:9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,

Luk 8:10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’

Luk 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luk 8:12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

Luk 8:13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.

Luk 8:14  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.

Luk 8:15  As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

End result of living for God with a listening ear =

Psalm 141:4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I…

Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds

Psalm 25:2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let…

I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. …

After each church in Revelation, Jesus indicates some will listen and some will not!

Revelation 2:7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit…

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 2:11 whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit …

… He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. … ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 2:17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 2:29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit…

Revelation 3:6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit…

Revelation 3:13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit…

Revelation 13:9 Whoever has ears, let them hear….

Revelation 3:22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”… …

If we can’t decide who we want to listen to, we are considered to be lukewarm.  We waver between two opinions.

James 1: 7-8 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Jesus says in Rev.  3:15-17 Jesus says… “To the Church in Laodicea, Jesus says …

…15I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! 16So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth! 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have grown wealthy and need nothing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”

When Christ says He will spit us out of His mouth, He is saying, I will … vomit (MM); (figuratively) repulsed, showing utter rejection (desiring total separation); “to reject with extreme disgust”

(13) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

God give us the grace to hear You well with our hearts each day, So we think what you think, and feel what Your Spirit leads us to feel, so we reap a harvest of Biblical behaviors in submission.  

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