Now that we know we are under grace and not under the law, Paul clarifies what He meant by not under the law. Unfortunately too many do not read the whole context of what Paul is telling us in Romans 6. Many believe the Torah is not important to believers any longer. So let’s see how Paul clarifies verse 14.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 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? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:15-18
Paul is actually repeating himself from the beginning of the chapter. For verses 1 & 2a states What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! Most believers agree that we are not to sin. The problem is how to define sin. We have looked at this definition before and sin is lawlessness and if I may Torahlessness. Sin has always been measured by Torah. No where in the Bible is the definition of sin changed. No where in Scripture is the definition of commandments changed. I say this because many believe when Yeshua or the apostles say commandments believers think they are talking about the Ten Commandments, or the commandments spoken of in the “New Testament” only or even just the commandment to love. The problem with this is they are changing the definition without being directed to by Scripture.
So now that we are no longer slaves to sin (because Yeshua paid our debts and we are not free from the penalty of sin), we become slaves to the one who purchased us, Yeshua/G-d. Many believe that we are made righteous by faith and this is true there is a faith righteousness. Many also believe we cannot do anything to be righteous or increase our righteousness and this is false. Paul tells us right here obedience leads to righteousness. Paul also wrote about this very thought back in Romans 1. One of Paul’s disciples Timothy said in 2 Timothy 3:15-16 that the sacred writings that gives us wisdom that leads to salvation through faith is good for what…training in righteousness. James in his letter is all over this very thought in chapter 2. Works without faith is dead, but faith without works is also dead.
Paul goes on to say you became obedient from the heart…becoming slaves to righteousness. Interestingly Ezekiel and Jeremiah write about this very thought. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” So G-d is going to give a new heart and give you a new spirit and His Spirit will cause you to follow the commandments. Ezekiel 11:19-20 same the same thing. Jeremiah 31:31-33 states in the “New Covenant” He will write the Torah on His people’s hearts. Do you think that is why Paul is stating you became obedient from the heart? YES! If you are a believer the Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit) shall cause you to walk in obedience to G-d’s commandments.
Again, so many want to change the definition of sin and/or commandments, but there is no direction in Scripture that tell us to do so. In fact, we are told the opposite. From Deut. 13:1-4 we are told if anyone comes telling to follow after other G-ds (meaning not to follow the commandments) that this is a test to see if you love G-d with all your heart, soul, and strength. For you are to follow your G-d and fear Him and follow His commandments.
What do you think? Do you disagree? Why?
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!