20200501 Days to Pentecost 15 - "Live as a free men"
“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” (v. 16)
Do you want me to live as a servant even though I am a free man?
If I have freedom, I can do as much as I want without being bound by someone.
However, if I enjoy my freedom to my heart’s content, I will sacrifice someone or harm others.
Therefore, a free man enjoys true freedom when he is protected under the authority of the law.
I was originally under the law of sin.
Under the law, no one could say anything to me, even if I had sinned my way as I please.
Those who enjoyed freedom under the law of sin are called a “slave to sin” in the Bible.
God brought me under the law of righteousness, who was under the law of sin.
He made me a slave to righteousness, who was a slave to sin.
Under the law of righteousness, no one could say anything, even if I do righteousness to my hearts’ content.
Those who enjoy freedom under the law of righteousness are called the servants of righteousness.
Therefore, the slaves to sin cannot do righteousness and the servant of righteousness cannot sin.
"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” (Romans 6:15)
The freedom I have as it says in today’s passage is that God has given me.
Since God freed me, who was a servant of sin, from sinful slavery, I must now completely clear away the legacy of the old days under the law of sin and not look back.
Even if sin follows me to the end and tries to make me his servant again, I am now a dead body to sin because I already died.
No matter how much sin finds me, I’m already dead.
And now that I've come into the new law, you can enjoy the freedom to your heart's content under this new law of righteousness.
No matter how much I do, I only do good things with a good conscience.
“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11)
In fact, I’m a little reluctant to become someone’s servant, (maybe it would be a trauma that comes from when I was a slave.)
but with this kind of freedom, I would be so grateful and happy to be servants of the servants of God my offspring’s grandchildren.