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13. The Beauty of Slavery (Romans 6:15-23)

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In chapter six of the book of Romans Paul paints a vivid description of slavery. The first half of chapter six informs believers that we are free from slavery to sin. Sin no longer has power over us, and we are free to “disobey” our inclination to sin.

In the second half of chapter six, Paul discloses the beauty and benefits of slavery. Yes, slavery can be a very good thing. Slavery to God, that is. The burden of the passing pleasures of sin can never compare with the freedom Christians experience as slaves to God. Do you experience it? There is a distinct quality of beauty in slavery . . . to God.

For next time, read Romans 7:1-6.

PP. 554-556 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or equivalent in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition)

PP. 159-163 in the New American Commentary.

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