Today's Bible Chapter

Romans Chapter 6

Romans 6:13 – A New Form of Living Slavery

Neither present your body-members to the sin as tools of unrighteousness. 1 Rather, yield over yourselves to The God 2 as if living [after] coming out of the dead. 3 Also, [present] your body-members to The God as tools of righteousness. 4
1 Neither present your body-members to the sin as tools of unrighteousness: Or, KJV: neither yield ye your members as instruments of; MON: do not continue to present any part of your body to sin; WEY: no longer offer your faculties as instruments of wickedness for sin to use; TCN: any part of your body; GDS: instruments of wrong; BEC: don’t let sin keep on using your organs as tools for doing wrong. See notes on Romans 7:5. (1 Corinthians 6:15)
2 Yield over yourselves to The God: Or, PME: put yourselves in God’s hands; NEB: put yourselves at the disposal of God; MOF: dedicate yourselves to God. The disciple dedicates, or, consecrates self to God as a disciple of the Nazarene. (See notes on Matthew 16:24.)
3 As if living [after] coming out of the dead: Or, TCN: though once dead, now have life; PME: like men rescued from certain death; NEB: as dead men raised to life; MOF: brought from death to life. This echoes the Nazarene at John 5:24. Compare notes on Ephesians 2:4 and 1 John 3:14. The way all mankind will one day live.
4 Your body-members to The God as tools of righteousness: Or, KJV: instruments; MON: weapons; TCN: to the cause. Compare notes on Ephesians 6:15-17. The Christian disciple’s body members and limbs must be used in righteousness.

Dear Friends of the Nazarene,

We choose Romans 6:13 as the theme verse of chapter six – Baptism into Death. Paul deals with the false notion that one might continue in sin to make grace abound. [1-7] He uses the metaphors of death, baptism, resurrection, and slavery to illustrate that a Christian should be dead to sin, living in righteousness. Baptism in Christ raises the new disciple into a new life in Christ, no longer a slave to (or, living in) sin.

Using Christ as a comparative example of how a disciple must be dead to sin but alive toward God, Paul writes that sin must not be lord and master dominating the fleshly body. [8-11] The body’s limbs and organs must not be used as tools of wrongdoing. Rather, the mortal body should be used for the righteousness of God. [12-14] The new disciple presents self to God by a dedication followed by water immersion. The risen disciple is not under the force and sanctions of the Law of Moses but the merciful grace of God

Paul begins to reach his conclusion and summary. He contrasts from another perspective slavery to sin and righteousness. [15-20] It was the teaching of Christ that led to obedience resulting in holiness. He exhorts these disciples to slave as hard for righteousness as they had once for sin.

Ashamed of past conduct, Christians now become slaves of God and His holiness, leading to everlasting life. The payment for sin is death. [21-23]

Abba our Father bless those who are slaves of righteousness.

[25 December 2002]