Setting up for Fruit-bearing
“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. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”
A story is told about two farmers who were praying for rain, but only one went out and prepared his fields to receive it; the question is asked, who trusted the Lord? In a similar way we need to set ourselves up for fruit-bearing. Consider two steps to accomplish this.
Step One, We Need to Recognize, Accept, and Act Upon the Truth that We are Free From Sin (v.22)
This has to do with kingship and being under a king. In salvation, we have been placed under a new king. Colossians 1:13 states, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
Consider three words that focus on this in Romans 6: Romans 6:6 – Destroyed, it means to render powerless to control; sin has no more power to control us. Romans 6:9 – Domain, it means kingly control; sin has been dethroned in our lives and no longer dominates us. Romans 6:12 – Reign, that means kingly rule; no longer is sin the ruler of our lives.
Because of the cross, and our being crucified with Him, sin has been overthrown from ruling us. That means I don’t need to give into sin. We have been removed from sin’s rule, sin’s control, and sin’s authority/power. We are under a new king: Jesus Christ, with a new power: righteousness and holiness.
Step Two, We Need to Recognize, Accept, and Act Upon the Truth that We Are Servant’s to God (v.22)
Because we are under a new King, we need to render obedience and service to Him. With the effort and zeal we served sin, we need to offer that same effort to our new King, Jesus Christ.
Consider two words in Romans 6 that demonstrate this contrast: Romans 6:6 – Serve, it means to render slave-like obedience to; Romans 6:7 – Free, it means released from bondage; released from penalty. As a child of the King, I am freed from sin’s bondage, free to serve my new King, Jesus Christ.
Three key words in Romans 6 tell us that we need to recognize, accept, and act upon these two truths: know, reckon, and yield. I need to know these truths about salvation in Christ; I need to reckon that “I” have been crucified and raised with Christ; then I need to yield the members of my body as servants to God.
The challenge in us setting up our lives for fruit-bearing is seen in Romans 6:16, 19,
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 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.”
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