Slaves of Righteousness

Something totally different makes us tick now that we are God’s children. Having become alive to God, we are now actually driven to serve Him—we have become “slaves of righteousness.” “The law of sin,” on the other hand, also remains an active force in our nature. This is why Paul calls himself a “wretched man,” needing to be “set free from the body of this death.”

But this isn’t a recipe for failure. Rather, it’s the foundation for victory, because now we’ve been given the ability to choose good through the power of the Spirit. So even though in my flesh I am doomed to serve the law of sin, my inner man is more than capable of serving the law of God. Paul says it well: “If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”


From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself