Christ’s obedience unto Righteousness.
I was thinking about how we experience BEING the Righteousness of God so that we can know all that comes with that, namely God’s provision, and I found this:
Do you not know that to WHOM you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves WHOM you obey, whether of sin(noun) leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin(noun), yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin(noun), you became slaves of righteousness.
Paul says we can present ourselves to “sin leading to death” OR “obedience leading to righteousness”. Now, the common Christian reads this verse and automatically assumes it means “if you keep sinning(verb) you will die and if you perform right actions and obey you will become righteous”.
However, that is NOT what Paul is advocating here, and that is precisely why Christians have never really been set free from the guilt, shame, and condemnation associated with their sinful actions enough to experience God’s provision in the ways I have been writing about. We have made this a law of performance, do bad get bad, do good get good.
Paul says in verse 17-18 that he delivered doctrine to the Romans previously and that it delivered the Romans from sin(NOUN – person, place, or thing). That doctrine is found in verse 16. Adam’s sin is a noun. It is the sinful state of being which was passed onto all of humanity; a prison in which we as believers once existed. In the last post, we heard that Jesus knew NO sin(noun) and became sin(noun) for us which led to us becoming THE Righteousness of God; a different location in which we now EXIST! if we are believers.
WHOM will you obey, Adam or Jesus? You present yourself to Adam when you communicate thoughts and beliefs to yourself that say you are a slave to sin(noun) because of your sinful actions(verb). You present yourself to Jesus when you communicate thoughts and beliefs to yourself that say you are free from sin(noun) DESPITE sinful actions(verb).
Whether or not sinful actions are present in your life, Constantly present your body, soul/mind, and heart to God by speaking “I am the Righteousness of God because of the obedience of Christ and nothing I think, say, or do has any impact on that”! Do this and you will put yourself under God’s doctrine of Righteousness rather than the doctrine of Adam’s sin consciousness. When you present yourself to God’s doctrine of Righteousness, right living will follow.
May you be free today from sin(noun) and sin(verb) no more THROUGH the doctrine of Christ’s obedience unto Righteousness!