The Real Thing
Would you open your Bibles now to the book of Romans, chapter 6? I am going to begin reading with verse 15 and read through the end of the chapter, verse 23.
What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 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? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 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 of sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now, I want to read again verses 17 and 18 because these two verses form the heart of the message that I want to share with you this morning.
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
The greatest compliment the devil has ever paid to Christianity is the fact that he tries to counterfeit it, because no man would ever counterfeit anything that was of no value. The higher the value, the more likelihood it will be counterfeited. I dare say that no one here this morning has seen a counterfeit penny, or a counterfei ...
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