Slaves To Righteousness Essay

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Exegetical Paper on Romans 6

It is hard to accept the fact that the gift of salvation is free for anyone to take. People often find it hard to believe that all one has to do is believe that Jesus is who He said He was/is in order to receive the gift of salvation. People often view Christianity as a religion rather than a relationship. This view could not be further from the truth and distorts a lost person’s view on how God views him or her. Often times people think they have to change first in order to approach God, but when one focuses on sin they often sin more than he or she did to begin with. Instead of running from sin, one should run to Christ because when one runs from something he or she will always be running. However, when one runs to something they will eventually find rest. When someone runs to Christ we will find His grace. Once someone accepts Christ he or she can rest in God’s Grace. They are no longer a slave to sin but rather slaves to righteousness because of the grace God gives him or her. Romans 6:15-18 speaks about no longer being a slave to sin but being slaves to righteousness. But what did Paul mean when he wrote this passage? What issues could arise when reading it, and how do we attempt a contemporary application? Some external sources should be considered when looking into and studying any scripture.
When doing an Exegetical study on any scripture it is important to know the proper methods to be used so that one does not misinterpret the passage. How to read the bible for all its worth is a perfect place to start. The authors of this book start out by saying, “One is not trying to discover what no one else has ever seen before.” If one tries to find something never seen before when reading Romans 6 15-18 it will most likely lead him or her further from the true meaning of the passage rather than closer. The author goes on to say, “unique interpretations are usually wrong.” Thus supporting the idea that one needs to take the verse to it true literal meaning first before looking further into the passage. This leads the reader to the first step in interpreting. According to the authors, “Exegesis is the careful, systematic study of the Scripture to discover the original intended meaning.” In other words, exegesis is simply trying to find the original intent of the book, passage or verse.
This brings us to the exegeses of Romans 6. What does it mean to be a slave to righteousness? Paul answers this question in Romans 6:18 where he says, “ You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” David Guzik says, “A life of sin is unacceptable, because our death to sin changes our relationship to sin.”(2) Paul speaks about being a slave to the one, rather it is sin or righteousness, you obey. In verse 17 Paul states, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.” In other...

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