by Nelson Price


ROMANS 6: 16 - 23

Everyone is a slave in the sense of subscribing to a set of
guiding principles which are "obeyed." It is impossible to live
in a vacuum. Be wise and practical in choosing your master. Some
choose to be a slave of sin (Vss. 16, 17). Others transfer to
the slavery of "obedience" and "righteousness" (Vss. 16 & 18).
Let's make some contrasts.
I.CONTRASTS OF COMPENSATION (What's in it for me?)
The options are WAGES and GIFTS. "What fruit (return) had ye
then in those things...?"
A. WAGES - something for which one works. The pay off. The word
used in verse 23 is the same one used to describe the pay of a
slave. He worked and got what was coming to him. Though worked
for it was a miserable wage. Sin results in bitter
disappointment, confusion, disgrace, and shame. As with work,
the payment often comes after the act. Though with sin the act
itself is partial payment because it keeps the doer from the
good of the moment.
Consider the wages paid by a couple of socially acceptable sins.
Alcohol. "Come on have a drink." Everybody is doing it!
America's pet drug, alcohol, is getting more attention. During
the 1970's per capita consumption increased by 26% in Georgia.
In 1980 Americans consumed almost six and a half billion gallons
of alcoholic beverages. This averages out to a gallon of
alcoholic beverages per week for the drinking American.
We are assured that it is the sociable thing to do. Weekends are
made for it. Put a little weekend in your week. What is the
wage? Over 200,000 Americans die annually from alcohol-related
causes. ...

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