x290......Romans 6:22--Become Servants

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Romans 6:22, KJV).

this simple statement from the book of Romans sums up so much. The previous verses have been stressing to the reader the complete process of our salvation--how that we were once servants to sin--that we were once dieing in our sin---But when we recognize our sin--and we repent--we are born again--we are made new--

3* Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4* Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

But now we are told to "walk" to live in His newness. Not to return to our sin--of course not! But then what ?

The relationship being made in these verses tells us that before we knew Christ we were "serving" sin--this was the activity of our life--serving sin.

But now that we are saved--now that we are free- now that we are born again--we need to do something--we need to serve someone else---we certainly should not go back again and serve sin--

6* Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Jesus is shown to be our example in this--

9* Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10* For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Jesus now lives--is alive unto God--this is the defintion of the word "liveth"

zao {dzah'-o} v

-----live 117, be alive 9, alive 6, quick 4, lively 3, not tr 1, misc 2, vr live 1; 143

1) to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead) 2) to enjoy real life 2a) to have true life and worthy of the name 2b) active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God 3) to live i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living and acting 3a) of mortals or character 4) living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul 5) metaph. to be in full vigour 5a) to be fresh, strong, efficient, 5b) as adj. active, powerful, efficacious

Now the Bible is telling us that our new life--our new activity--our new way of living must be in one way--"unto God"---

After we are saved--we must serve God with our life--all of us--openly--fully--with all the "zao"--all the life that we have.

11* Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

13* 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.

We are told to "yield ourselves unto God"--to "present ourselves--to offer ourselves unto Gods' will for our lives

and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Our bodies are meant to be used to serve God--alive and actively.

(It is very sad that we have accepted so heartily a wrong system that makes it the "service" of most Christians to put their tithe in the basket--and leave the serving --the ministering to God---to the people who are specially ordained and chosen. We must note that in all these verses there is no designation between "ministry and lay people" or between pastors or leaders or anyone else---all of us are called to be servants unto the Lord with our lives. It is sad that we accept the system that gives only a very few choices to serve God that to "work our way up a system" that takes someone years to become a minister. It is sad that we limit the number of "real ministers" to certain people who have taken the right education and made friends with the right people--been in the right place at the right time---people who have the right talents for the job--(we suffer from a very very narrow defintion of "ministry"!1) getting into ministry is similar to getting into show business---someone needs special recognized talents--singing--speaking in pubic---and then they need a "break"--something that gets them into the limelight--that gets them an audience.---This severly limits most from actively serving God--It is sad that we accept a system of tithing to the "real ministers" who are the only ones we will recognize to serve God--This relegates most Christians to contributing to the ministry of these chosen few--and hinders their growth in the Lord and ministry.)

16* 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?

Will we be in obedience to God? Whom we obey is whom we are servants. WE are all meant to obey God directly--not through another person--a pastor or leader--and funcion and operate within our own ministry.

17* But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18* Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness

When were receive this teaching--this proper doctrine--we will be made free from sin--and then become servants--ministers--unto righteousness.

18* Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness 19* I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

When we serve God--we will live in righteousness--"unto holiness"--

hagiasmos {hag-ee-as-mos'} n m

---- holiness 5, sanctification 5; 10

1) consecration, purification 2) the effect of consecration 2a) sanctification of heart and life

Unto consecration--serving God will consecrate us--make us holy.

this is why that if we do not immediately serve God after we are saved we will probably go back to sin.

Serving God is what sanctifies us---it is not some magical sanctification that purifies some of us to serve God (as in the OT high priest birthright)

20* For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21* What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

When we served sin--we had bad fruit--we had no Godly fruit--therefore no Godly seed to plant. Sinful fruit leads to death--and when we recognize Jesus as Lord--it becomes shameful to us.

22* But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

This one verse explains what ought to be the life of every Christian. After we are saved we must then actively--with our life force--serve God. This service to God will then sanctify us--we will then have "fruit unto holiness" and therefore our life will be everlasting---not just serving God in heaven after we die--but serving Him and His will in this life--everlasting.

It is important to note that the command to become servants to God is not just for some certain special chosen anointed appointed people--but to all of us. (the letter to the church at Rome is addressed "to all the saints"--not just to the elders or bishops)

23* For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This scripture is so very often quoted (and rightfully so) as one that explains salvation to the unsaved. We are saved by a gift--the gift of the Son of God having died in our place upon the cross.

But this scripture also says that our life in this world should be lived through this same gift--through the gift of Christ.

Our life eternal is "through Jesus Christ our Lord."

"Jesus" is our salvation--the word Jesus means Savior. He has purchased our eternal life with His sacrifice on the cross and we reveive this when we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart in Him.

But this scripture says that our eternal life is not just though "Jesus" (salvation) but through "Jesus Christ"---through salvation and through "the anointed One and His anointing."

Our life is meant to be found in our anointing. Our life in this life is found through the gift of God---

1. The gift of salvation --"the gift of Jesus"

2. The gift of Christ--the gift of the anointing--

7* But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ....... 11* And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (Ephesians 4:7 and 11)

Ministry is for all----plain and simple!