15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
This whole passage, for me, seems to be summed up in verse 23, which is very similar to what Jesus says: You reap what you sow. Yes, you may be saved by God’s grace, but the fruit that your life produces may be very bitter or very sweet.
Does this mean that I won’t sin because I am saved? No, I will probably still make mistakes and still sin. But what I desire and what I want to work toward is a life free of sin, and that is only possible through Jesus.
Ok, continuing on the same marvelous track from the last post, just becaause God’s grace set us free from the law, doesn’t mean that we can go on sinning and disobeying God. Back to the discussion of being a slave to God.