Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Romans 6: 20-23

6:20-23 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of YHVH, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of YHVH is eternal life in Mashiach Y’shua our Adown

Is being a slave of one master the same as being the slave of another? If sin is your master, he grants you one freedom, that is the freedom from justification. You cannot not be righteous before YHVH and be a slave of sin.

Is it important to know who you serve? I would argue that it is very important. Our religion and self-righteousness can fool us. Our life may seem static, but it is a path that is taking us somewhere. To be a slave of sin is to be a soldier of sin. Through the years, soldiers have often used the argument, “I was just following orders.” Hitler’s soldiers were nearly famous, perhaps infamous, for the use of that phrase. Following orders did not change the shame of their action. They did what they did believing that no justification was needed until the day they faced a judge. The same will be true for slaves of sin. If sin throws you a bone, gives you rations that seem good at the moment, a time will come when the same rations or wage will be emptiness. Everything you have worked for will be as nothing if you lose what really counts in the end. Hitler’s soldiers experienced this shameful loss, men who build empires feel it when, at the end of their life they have all the steel and concrete the world has to offer but nothing of value with their children or wives. Death is what their life earns for them.

Does it make a real difference to be a slave of YHVH? My life testimony is that there is a huge difference. The believer in Messiah is set on a whole new path in life. We have been granted eternal life, not as something to strive for, but as a gift of kindness (grace). Living a Torah observant life on “The Way” does not earn us a better mansion in heaven or more abundant eternal life on earth. Torah observance is purification toward the fruit of righteousness. Becoming in this life who you were born-again to be. We do not work toward purity, we learn to rest in it. This is the kindness of YHVH, teaching you to live in the justification of our Adown (Lord) Y’shua ha Mashiach (Jesus who is the Christ). Resting in Messiah.

Personal study of ROMANS 6:20-23

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