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Romans 6:13 - Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot! Bookmark

As instruments - This word ο?πλα hopla properly signifies “arms;” or implements of war; but it also denotes an instrument of any kind which we use for defense or aid.  Here it means that we should not devote our members - our hands, tongue, etc., as if under the direction of sinful passions and corrupt desires, to accomplish purposes of iniquity.  We should not make the members of our bodies the slaves of sin reigning within us. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Neither yield ye your members - Do not yield to temptation.  It is no sin to be tempted, the sin lies in yielding.  While the sin exists only in Satan’s solicitation, it is the devil’s sin, not ours: when we yield, we make the devil’s sin our own: then we Enter Into temptation.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Satan himself cannot force you to sin: till he wins over your will, he cannot bring you into subjection.  You may be tempted; but yield not to the temptation. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. (NASB)
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (KJV)
Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. (NLT)
and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. (NET)

One of the best books you could ever read is "The Holy War" by John Bunyan.  There is even a version that has been updated into the modern English.  Inside this wonderful text you will find the best manual on warfare ever penned.  It recounts the battle for Mansoul (Man's Soul) a city that was built by Emmanuel.  It had impenetrable ramparts and beautiful gates (the eye-gate, ear-gate, nose-gate, mouth-gate, and feel-gate).  Visitors could only enter at the behest of the inhabitants. Diablo and his minions stood outside the gates planning their attack.  Would it be a frontal attack?  No, they would enter in the form over which the inhabitants thought they had dominion!

Do you catch the subtlety of the deception here?  Do you see how important it is to have control over your own body?  The warning here is that sin will not come roaring across the drawbridge where the watchmen guard with vigilance, but rather approach with stealth!  We must not let any part of our body be used as a weapon of sin.  Perhaps, in modern terms, one would say, "don't shoot yourself in the foot!"  Instead recognize that the Lord has made you alive to serve Him and His righteousness for the sake of a lost and dying world.

As instruments - This word ο?πλα hopla properly signifies “arms;” or implements of war; but it also denotes an instrument of any kind which we use for defense or aid.  Here it means that we should not devote our members - our hands, tongue, etc., as if under the direction of sinful passions and corrupt desires, to accomplish purposes of iniquity.  We should not make the members of our bodies the slaves of sin reigning within us. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Neither yield ye your members - Do not yield to temptation.  It is no sin to be tempted, the sin lies in yielding.  While the sin exists only in Satan’s solicitation, it is the devil’s sin, not ours: when we yield, we make the devil’s sin our own: then we Enter Into temptation.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Satan himself cannot force you to sin: till he wins over your will, he cannot bring you into subjection.  You may be tempted; but yield not to the temptation. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. (NASB)
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (KJV)
Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. (NLT)
and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. (NET)

One of the best books you could ever read is "The Holy War" by John Bunyan.  There is even a version that has been updated into the modern English.  Inside this wonderful text you will find the best manual on warfare ever penned.  It recounts the battle for Mansoul (Man's Soul) a city that was built by Emmanuel.  It had impenetrable ramparts and beautiful gates (the eye-gate, ear-gate, nose-gate, mouth-gate, and feel-gate).  Visitors could only enter at the behest of the inhabitants. Diablo and his minions stood outside the gates planning their attack.  Would it be a frontal attack?  No, they would enter in the form over which the inhabitants thought they had dominion!

Do you catch the subtlety of the deception here?  Do you see how important it is to have control over your own body?  The warning here is that sin will not come roaring across the drawbridge where the watchmen guard with vigilance, but rather approach with stealth!  We must not let any part of our body be used as a weapon of sin.  Perhaps, in modern terms, one would say, "don't shoot yourself in the foot!"  Instead recognize that the Lord has made you alive to serve Him and His righteousness for the sake of a lost and dying world.



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