Romans 6:20-21 ( posted 2-20-14 )
“ For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. “
“ For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. “
The Greek word “ eleutheroi “ translated “ free “ means the same as in verses 18 and 22...exempt from obligation and liability.
To be honest, I'm not sure why Paul compared our past as being free from righteousness to us presently as born again christian believers in Jesus as being free from sin.
It is possible he was referring to when Jesus said we cannot serve both God and money or sin.
“ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.“ Matthew 6:24
Unless a person has seared his or her conscience nobody in right mind wants to be free from righteousness. Even the unsaved have certain moral values on some things in life...though not everything. Even though there are many sins an unsaved person would rather choose to commit because of lust and love for the sin, there are sins they out of conscience, would rather choose not to commit because of the results that they would not like to experience from committing those sins or see what would happen to people they love and care for.
Paul obviously was referring to the inherited righteousness of Christ that we receive when we believe in Jesus. This kind of righteousness goes above and beyond even the moral values of the unsaved.
When we receive the righteousness of Jesus Christ upon our faith in Him we are now slaves to His righteousness and care to please God in our lifestyle. When we were slaves to sin we cared nothing about what God thought or felt.
“ What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. “
This clarifies the statement Paul made in the previous verse.
Our freedom to sin only led to one thing...death.
I will continue with verse 22 in the next study.
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