Sunday, May 17, 2009
A STUDY OF ROMANS 6:22
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
"But now" - when? "Now" - since you have believed the true gospel.
The true gospel is God's promise to save His people (Matthew 1:21), entitle them to ALL of salvation, including the work of the Holy Spirit in them, the eternal forgiveness of ALL their sins, and all the glories of heaven to come, ALL conditioned (grounded, settled, accomplished, finished) through CHRIST ALONE: His coming and living a perfect life, His death that saved His people, His resurrection, His ascension in glory, His intercession for them.
The true gospel is salvation in Christ ALONE!
Christ plus nothing or no one!
"Being made free from sin": the believer is not CHARGED with their sins:
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute (charge) sin.
"Being made free from sin": does not mean a believer no longer sins. If you are a believer, and live with yourself you can say with the saved Apostle Paul:
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
A sinner who has been "made free from sin" is the one who is a Christian, one who God does not charge with their sins. Praise God they are charged to Christ, and the Christian is forgiven:
"Blessed are they whose iniquities (sins) are forgiven".
"and become servants to God": the believer is now willingly a slave to God:
2 Corinthians 5:20
"Now then we are ambassadors (representatives, servants;) for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
May this passage serve as the supreme testimony what it means to be a servant:
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who (Jesus Christ), being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Christ became a servant to God so His people would be as our text says: "and become servants of God".
"Ye have fruit unto holiness": a servant of sin (unbeliever): their fruits (works) as we studied in our last verse are not accepted by God. But a servant of righteousness (one trusting in Christ ALONE for ALL of salvation): their fruits (works) are called: "fruit unto holiness" - the believer's works are acceptable to God because they are covered by the blood of Christ and are done in His Name.
His name represents all that Christ has done, is doing, and will do!
This "fruit unto holiness" is what we studied in verse 19: The walk (life) of obedience. The believer in Christ has repented that their works alone could ever save them, and they now do their works (servants to God) knowing that their works are acceptable to God - THROUGH CHRIST!
Even our prayers are accepted:
1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous (servants of righteousness, believers), and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
Even the prayers of believing sinners are cleansed by God:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (weaknesses): for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit (Holy Spirit) itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
God, because of Christ's work on their behalf, equipts (arms, supplies) the Christian with the ability to "have your fruit unto holiness": to have a walk (life) of obedience, to become "servants of God"!
"and the end everlasting life": What is everlasting life?
Ask a Jehovah's Witness if they have everlasting life: they will say "not yet".
The Roman Catholic system teaches: "no one in this present life can be assured of everlasting life".
All religious servants of sin are working FOR the HOPE of eternal or everlasting life. Our text "and the end everlasting life": is not something in the future, or at the end of time. The word "end" here means "result, outcome".
The believer experiences "everlasting life".......................NOW!
What is eternal or everlasting life?
God plainly tells us:
And this is life eternal, that they (God's elect: read John 17:1-2) might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
When one is born again of God, they come to know eternal life: They know the only True God, and they trust in Christ whom God sent for all their salvation!
Our text "everlasting life" is experienced "now" for the believer.
We will finish with these wonderful words from the lips of Jesus Christ:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Are you a believer in Jesus Christ?
If so, we have come to learn that ALL (past, present, and future) our sins are forgiven - IN CHRIST!
God now calls us to be a "servant", and a walk of obedience to Him; not to be saved, but because we already are!
If you are amongst God's people, and still unsure of your salvation, or know you are a servant of sin: hear a Word from the only Savior the world will ever know:
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger (spiritually); and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (spiritually)
2 Corinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
By Craig Miklosik