2 comments on “Righteousness and the power of sin

  1. Something to think about….you said…..” when you willingly sin you make yourself a slave to that sin. You willfully place yourself in bondage to that sin.” ????????

    There is no difference between wilful and unwilful sin.Sin is sin in Gods economy.

    Some teach that Paul is talking about wilful sin in Romans 6:12 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts”.

    To tell people to stop wilfully sinning is fruitless. No one can overcome the desire to sin by abstaining from wilfull sin.This is the works of the flesh. If they could, then Jesus did not have to come.

    Romans 6:16 “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
    This is not talking about wilful sin or being a slave to sin, the context is found in verse 15: “Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?” The context is law vs grace.

    The issue isnt wilfully sinning but wilfully coming under the law.

    Paul is saying that if you present yourself to obey the law then you will be a slave to sin and it will reign in your mortal body.

    Whenever Paul talks about obedience to rightouesness, he is referring to the obedience of faith. In other words the obedience (of faith) leads to righteousness! We become slaves to righteousness instead of slaves to sin.

    When we begin to believe 1 john 3:9 “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” ,then we become slaves to righteousness and the desire to sin is replaced with new “want to’s”, in other words “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts” (Hebews 8:10).

    This is how we gain victory over bondage to sin……”present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”… in other words present yourself to God as rightoues!, vs 14″ For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

    Otherwise I thought everything else you said was great!

    • You are correct. I didn’t realize I used that term, must be more careful in the future, especially when writing at 1am! 🙂 Sorry if I implied that people should try to overcome their problems by focusing on the problem, that would be useless. It is in seeing ourselves in Christ that empowers us to walk in victory. Thanks for the correction and great biblical explanation.

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