Good Wednesday morning. Another beautiful day on tap for today. Yesterday, Shawna and I attended the Cambridge-Isanti Ministerial where the Superintendent of Schools, Finance Director and the some of the levy team explained how important the levy is to save the school district from bankruptcy. Please take some time to educate yourself on this important issue if you live in that school district.
Paul uses slavery language in this next text because it was common in his time. He also uses a sort of military language as there were prisoners of war in his time. He explains why we can’t be servants of sin and servants of Christ simultaneously, which is funny because Luther said we were simultaneously sinners and saints!
12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18 and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
Praise God for grace! Verse 14 says it clearly: sin will have no dominion over us! Such good news in difficult times.
Blessings on your day,