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Free From Sin, Slaves to Righteousness

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A paradox is a statement that attracts attention because it seems to be contradictory. This arouses curiosity and we are puzzled. But as we meditate on the statement, we go deeper into some important facet of life and learn something new. Paradoxes are marvelous instructors.

Romans 6:17–18 ESV
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

1. Understand the Concept of Freedom (Worldview)

The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

This is the “freedom” the world craves and it goes all the way back to the beginning
Time and again we see in scripture that is not the wise view

2. Understand the Concept of Freedom (Biblical View)

Genesis 2:16–17 ESV
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Freedom with safety regulations
John 8:32 ESV
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
It is God’s truth that sets us free
Galatians 5:1 ESV
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

3. We all are a servant / slave to something

Matthew 6:24 ESV
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Joshua 24:15 ESV
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Notice Joshua did not give an option of serving nothing - WE WILL SERVE SOMETHING
Note this exchange between Jesus and the Jews
John 8:32–36 ESV
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

4. Freedom of Choice - Not Consequences, So Choose Wisely

2 Peter 2:19–20 ESV
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
There are a multitude of ideas, causes, political parties, groups competing for your allegiance - BE A SLAVE TO CHRIST
Galatians 5:1 ESV
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
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