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2 Corinthians 5:21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
I’m told that the population of city of Rome during the height of the Roman empire was more than 50% comprised of slaves. That makes sense, since the citizens of Rome were wealthy and wealthy people, in those days, owned many slaves. Therefore, the letter that Paul wrote to Rome would have been read primarily to slaves.
One of the central themes of the book of Romans is righteousness by faith. In chapter 3 Paul (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) writes about sin. He explains that no one is righteous: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But then he adds, “and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” In chapter 6 he expounds the fact that we have all been enslaved to sin. However, because Jesus died for sin (since the wages of sin is death) he subjected himself to slavery under sin. But – praise God – he did not remain dead. Because he was sinless, Jesus Christ was freed from that slavery when he rose from the dead. Through this act, he has become the proxy for you and me to be, likewise, freed from slavery to sin and become slaves, instead, to righteousness.
A slave is the possession of his master. A slave is bought with a price. A slave is compelled to obey his master. While you and I were enslaved to sin, we were compelled to sin – sining was our natural state. However, Jesus redeemed us. He bought us back from the master of sin to set us free. Jesus paid the price to free us from slavery with his own blood. Therefore, we have a new Master; we are no longer slaves to sin but are now slaves to righteousness. Thank God, we are no longer compelled to sin, but, in Christ, we are now compelled to righteousness! You see, Jesus became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God.
The people of Rome, during the first century, would have instantly understood Paul’s analogy. They had a longing to be freed people. How about you?
God-tracking is living freely as slaves to God’s righteousness
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For me to live is Christ. Therefore, I live by his righteousness.
“Dear God, I praise you that you sent your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to become a sin offering for me. Thank you that Jesus paid the price to buy me back from the master of sin, that I may become a slave to your righteousness. I apologise – repent – for all sin in my life, in Jesus’ name. I renounce my compulsion to sin and offer myself to be compelled to righteousness, for your glory. For me to live is Christ. Therefore, I live by his righteousness in me. Amen.”
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