Scripture Reading: Colossians 3
Romans 2:6-11—not just not doing bad, necessity to do good. Here’s how we can:
Who will render to every man according to his deeds:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;10 But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
People who do good get eternal life.
Patient continuance in well doing—cheerful or hopeful endurance, persistence.
Worketh good—toil, labor,
Romans 6:15-16—sin will not have dominion, not under law but grace
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Being under grace is not license to sin. What you do shows who you are enslaved to. Unto death—sin issuing in death. Unto righteousness—obedience resulting in righteous character.
--Adam and Eve—law—don’t eat, in day you do you will die. Law provided no salvation, only punishment. After that, grace shows up, apart from law, never hinted at in law of not eating. Death is earned by works of the law; grace is given.
--Grace does not make sin ok—sin is the master you are freed from.
--Freedom from sin means service to God; freedom from God means service to sin.
But God be thanked, that ye were [that state is past and gone] the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Being freed from sin results in doing righteousness, that’s how you know you’re free from sin. Form—mold, stamp, model, shape, a pattern of conformity a thing must be made in.
Molded after sin or after righteousness, Adam or Christ.
Free. . .servants—freed from one master to another master, righteousness.
--Man is always a servant of something, there is no true independence.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity [repeated character and practice]; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
After manner—in simple terms, to your level, a popular illustration, might feel weird using slavery as the illustration, but it’s one people understand. Uncleaness the opposite of righteousness; iniquity the opposite of holiness.
Righteousness—conformity to the divine will. This is the mold. Holiness is conformity to the divine nature.
What your members repeatedly do results in your character.
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Free from—you can’t serve two masters; while serving sin you can’t serve righteousness.
What advantage or satisfaction did those sinful acts bring you? Shame and death were the fruit. Especially now that you are a believer you feel the shame in past actions.
But now—apart from sin, shame and death as a result of Christ’s emancipation and molding of your character to righteousness. End life—righteousness leads to holiness which leads to eternal life. Changed character is how you know you have eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Wages of sin—result of doing sin. Gift—charisma—in contrast to wages, not earned but given. Eternal life is not the wage of righteousness, but given to us by God, we know we have it by the change it works in us.
The result of being under grace, God gives us what we need, what the law and our flesh could never do, God’s grace equips us to do.