The Control of Righteousness

This new life of righteousness, while completely free from all of the old dictates of that evil slavemaster and his sentence of death, is not without requirements that, if violated, will result in a life not reflecting or exemplifying the promised life of blessing.

  Jun 29, 2017   admin


Romans 6:15-18 (NIV)

Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 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. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:20 (NIV)
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.

There are those who have come to America to escape dictatorial regimes where they were deprived from any personal choice and forced to serve the will of the dictator. Upon arriving here in this “land of the free and home of the brave, they are no longer under the freedom depriving rule of their former country. They are set free to become a citizen with rights in a land of great possibilities. This is a wonderful transformation and one that is often appreciated in much greater measure by the liberated immigrant than the natural born citizen. 

To be set free, however, from the laws of the old country doesn’t mean these immigrants do not have to observe any of America’s laws. To truly become an American means identifying with and upholding all of the laws and restrictions established by our government to preserve and protect its citizenry. Doing so enables one to discover and enjoy the blessings and lived dreams of liberty. However, to determine that just because they are free from former laws that they are free from all laws is to embrace anarchy and set out on a path that will lead to rebellion and ultimate incarceration and death - in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. A great part of what establishes America’s freedoms is heartfelt upholding of its laws. Though this will happen from the heart by those who believe in and have allegiance to this great land, it does not give them the freedom to determine on their own what their heart might choose. To choose contrary to our laws will result in an encounter will consequences. Without enforcement of laws there can be no freedom. 

There is great freedom to be discovered in this new land of Promise in Christ. No longer is there a set of rules that are required in order to have a relationship and favor with God. All the requirements and consequences of that former dictatorial regime have been fulfilled in Jesus. However, to live in this new land of complete freedom is not to live free from obedience to anything at all. Being free from the control of sin does not equal being free from all control. With the gift of righteousness comes an opportunity to offer every moment of your life to the dictates and requirements of the free life Jesus bought with His. To be the righteousness of God in Christ is not to deny any of the requirements of righteousness and live free from any rules at all. No, to live in this new land of liberty is to take on a loyal, heartfelt embrace of the ways of righteousness that oftentimes may be even more involved and developed than the old life of sin slavery. The motivation is changed, as a new nature has been acquired, and a new heritage obtained in Christ. To be a part of the family of God is something that isn’t in danger. However, this new life of righteousness, while completely free from all of the old dictates of that evil slavemaster and his sentence of death, is not without requirements that, if violated, will result in a life not reflecting or exemplifying the promised life of blessing. There is a reward of righteousness that cannot be experienced or enjoyed by those who choose to be controlled by something other than righteousness. 

We have been set free from the control of sin to live freely in the way of righteousness. Now, living in the hope of life this new way promises requires complete and total yielding to its control - yes, control. Jesus said that to claim love for him without obedience to Him is not to be some free spirit, but rather a liar. To live out the gift of righteousness will definitely look like freedom - and control, the control of righteousness- beautiful and unending holy life. 

Being Jesus’ disciple will actually mean following Him and His heart:

John 14:30-31 (NIV)
30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.