“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; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.”—Romans 6:19-20
In other words the apostle says, “I’m putting this in simple human terms for you because that fallen nature you still possess even though you are saved, and the all the principles pertaining to it, is weak.” Our slavery is a spiritual reality, but the members of our flesh must come under that reality and become submissive to the One who paid the debt we couldn’t possibly pay. Sin did not save us from the wrath of God. The law did not save us from the wrath of God. Jesus Christ has saved us, redeemed us, purchased us, and reconciled us; therefore, we yield to, submit to, and obey Him. Our submission and obedience is done with genuine gratitude (Romans 6:17, God be thanked); and with overflowing love of the Holy Spirit shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5). Because Christ is our Master and has purchased us with His blood, He has every right to command us to yield to God unto righteousness and not to yield to unrighteousness unto sin (Romans 6:13). Because we are blessed to be accepted as bond slaves by Christ, His commands are not a burden, as it is written, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Additionally, this is why boring the bond slave’s ear through on the doorpost is significant. The ear bored through is a reminder that every entrance and departure from the Master’s presence means that we must crucify the members of the flesh, we must listen attentively to the Master’s commands, and we must carry out those commands sweetly, completely, immediately, and reverently for the love of the Master who has redeemed us for Himself.
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Read the previous article in this series, “Slaves to Christ” (Romans 6:16).