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Romans 6:16 - Slaves of Righteousness Bookmark

To whom ye yield yourselves - To whom ye give up yourselves for servitude or obedience.  The apostle here refers to voluntary servitude; but where this existed, the power of the master over the time and services of the servant was absolute.  The argument of the apostle is, that Christians had become the voluntary servants of God, and were therefore bound to obey him entirely.  Servitude among the ancients, whether voluntary or involuntary, was rigid, and gave the master an absolute right over his slave (Dr. Albert Barnes)

doúlos; gen. doúlou, masc. noun.  A slave, one who is in a permanent relation of servitude to another, his will being altogether consumed in the will of the other (Matthew 8:9; Matthew 20:27; Matthew 24:45-46).  Generally one serving, bound to serve, in bondage (Romans 6:16-17). (Word Study - Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.)
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? (NASB)
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (KJV)
Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (NLT)
Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? (NET)

Once again the Apostle make the argument from the standpoint of "knowing."  Quite literally, don't you know that you become a slave of who you stand beside and listen under.  If we stand next to sin we are once again enslaved!  However, if we stand next to Christ we are liberated from sin's power and empowered to live righteous lives.  Beloved, our life of liberty is found in slavery!  A volitional choice we make each day is who then shall we serve.  If you want to live in compound misery, try deluding yourselves into thinking you are serving two masters (sin and Christ) a Non sequitur (doesn't follow - fallacy).

When I rise in the morning, my body hurts and rebels against my wishes almost from the minute of conscience thought.  If I were to base my life upon feelings, I would be thwarted before my feet could touch the floor.  My faith must be in the Word alone that lives forever, Amen!  "I dare not trust the sweetest phrase but wholly lean on Jesus Name" (my Rock and my Redeemer).  I am a slave of Christ by choice yielding to his perfect goodness and steadfast love for me a lowly sinner for whom he bled and died.  This love given to me undeserved is what puts wind in my sails and give meaning to my life today as I enter into His Sabbath Rest!

The word δουλος, which we translate servant, properly signifies slave; and a slave among the Greeks and Romans was considered as his master’s property, and he might dispose of him as he pleased.  Under a bad master, the lot of the slave was most oppressive and dreadful; his ease and comfort were never consulted; he was treated worse than a beast; and, in many cases, his life hung on the mere caprice of the master.  This state is the state of every poor, miserable sinner; he is the slave of Satan, and his own evil lusts and appetites are his most cruel task-masters.  The same word is applied to the servants of Christ, the more forcibly to show that they are their Master’s property; and that, as he is infinitely good and benevolent, therefore his service must be perfect freedom.  Indeed, he exacts no obedience from them which he does not turn to their eternal advantage; for this master has no self-interest to secure. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
 
To whom ye yield yourselves - To whom ye give up yourselves for servitude or obedience.  The apostle here refers to voluntary servitude; but where this existed, the power of the master over the time and services of the servant was absolute.  The argument of the apostle is, that Christians had become the voluntary servants of God, and were therefore bound to obey him entirely.  Servitude among the ancients, whether voluntary or involuntary, was rigid, and gave the master an absolute right over his slave (Dr. Albert Barnes)

doúlos; gen. doúlou, masc. noun.  A slave, one who is in a permanent relation of servitude to another, his will being altogether consumed in the will of the other (Matthew 8:9; Matthew 20:27; Matthew 24:45-46).  Generally one serving, bound to serve, in bondage (Romans 6:16-17). (Word Study - Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.)
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? (NASB)
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (KJV)
Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (NLT)
Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? (NET)

Once again the Apostle make the argument from the standpoint of "knowing."  Quite literally, don't you know that you become a slave of who you stand beside and listen under.  If we stand next to sin we are once again enslaved!  However, if we stand next to Christ we are liberated from sin's power and empowered to live righteous lives.  Beloved, our life of liberty is found in slavery!  A volitional choice we make each day is who then shall we serve.  If you want to live in compound misery, try deluding yourselves into thinking you are serving two masters (sin and Christ) a Non sequitur (doesn't follow - fallacy).

When I rise in the morning, my body hurts and rebels against my wishes almost from the minute of conscience thought.  If I were to base my life upon feelings, I would be thwarted before my feet could touch the floor.  My faith must be in the Word alone that lives forever, Amen!  "I dare not trust the sweetest phrase but wholly lean on Jesus Name" (my Rock and my Redeemer).  I am a slave of Christ by choice yielding to his perfect goodness and steadfast love for me a lowly sinner for whom he bled and died.  This love given to me undeserved is what puts wind in my sails and give meaning to my life today as I enter into His Sabbath Rest!

The word δουλος, which we translate servant, properly signifies slave; and a slave among the Greeks and Romans was considered as his master’s property, and he might dispose of him as he pleased.  Under a bad master, the lot of the slave was most oppressive and dreadful; his ease and comfort were never consulted; he was treated worse than a beast; and, in many cases, his life hung on the mere caprice of the master.  This state is the state of every poor, miserable sinner; he is the slave of Satan, and his own evil lusts and appetites are his most cruel task-masters.  The same word is applied to the servants of Christ, the more forcibly to show that they are their Master’s property; and that, as he is infinitely good and benevolent, therefore his service must be perfect freedom.  Indeed, he exacts no obedience from them which he does not turn to their eternal advantage; for this master has no self-interest to secure. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
 


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