Romans Lesson 11 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
6. Romans 6:1 and Romans 6:15
At first reading, the questions seem similar. Both verses pose a question about using grace as a free pass to sin.
But there are differences.
Previously in Romans 6:1, “Paul convinced us that a lifestyle of habitual sin is not compatible with one whose life is changed by grace. But what about an occasional sin here and there? If we are under grace and not law, must we be so concerned about a little sin here and there?” (Guzik)
The Greek verb tense for sin in Romans 6:1 refers to continuous, habitual sin. In Romans 6:15 Paul asks, “Should we sin (occasionally) because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not!” (HCSB)
Paul also uses different metaphors. In 6:1-2 he refers to life vs death. In 6:15-16, he uses freedom vs slavery.
7. a. Slavery
Because of Adam, were born in slavery to sin and therefore under its penalty of death and separation from God. We had no say in the matter.
But Paul writes to believers who were set free from sin. They now have a choice. They can yield their appetite or desires if they want to return to slavery. We are slaves to what we obey.
Slavery is “an apt metaphor—sin marks us as its own, it rules without mercy, binds us in chains, and won’t let us go.” (Source)
Slave to righteousness
Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom! (MSG)
As slaves of righteousness, our entire being has been rescued and reoriented under the authority of Christ. Through the work of the Spirit, we are being conformed into Christ’s character and refined for the work of His kingdom. (Source)
b. I am a slave to righteousness.
Sin brings remorse and opens the door to evil condemnation. I don’t want anything to hinder my relationship with the lover of my soul.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. (Psalms 63:1-8 ESV)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 11 Day 3 ~ Romans 6:15-16