The Book of Romans – Freedom

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“Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:19-23

Whatever you yield to becomes your master. Before you were saved you were a slave to sin. Now that you belong to Christ, you are freed from the power of sin. Now that we have the freedom in Jesus we should be rejoicing in this freedom. I know I was as Paul says one of the chief of sinners. When I was in sin I worked at sinning because I was hunting something that would fill that hole in my heart that was made for God. When I found Jesus and gave my life to Him, I wanted to be a better servant to Jesus than I was to my sinning.

The unsaved person is free, free from righteousness. But his bondage to sin only leads him deeper into slavery so that it becomes harder and harder to do what is right. The Prodigal Son is an example of this. When he was at home, he decided he wanted his freedom, so he left home to find himself and enjoy life. But his rebellion only led him deeper into slavery. He was a slave to the wrong desires, then the slave of wrong deeds, and finally be became a literal slave when he took care of the pigs. He wanted to find himself but he only lost himself. What he thought was freedom turned out to be the worst kind of slavery. It was only when he returned home and yielded to his father that he found true freedom.

“So, he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) God is waiting on us to return home to Him. This is when you find true freedom.

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