by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 6:17-23 (9 of 25)
Harley Howard

17 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.

But thank God: Are you thanking God because you are
no longer a slave to sin as you were before salvation?
Notice what Paul says again. But God be thanked that
you WERE the servants of sin. This is a part of the
PAST LIFE. Paul expressed the same truth in 1st
Corinthians 6:9-11 (read) But God be thanked that you
were the servants of sin, but (in contrast to the old
unredeemed life) you have obeyed from the heart (not
the head) that form of doctrine that was delivered
you. That form of doctrine refers to the gospel which
saved us and to the rest of the scriptures which
teaches us how to live in a continued life of

18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves
of righteousness.

Being delivered from the bondage and slavery to sin,
you are now SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS. As you yielded
your lives to sin, now as freed men and women, we are
to yield ourselves to righteousness.

1st Corinthians 15:33-34
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good
34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have
not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your

The word, awake, was used of those who became sober
after drunkenness. The Corinthians were in a stupor
when it came to righteousness and Paul commanded them
to be sober when it came to right living. Their
ignorance to objective truth and their yieldedness to
subjective living made them insensible and ignorant of
and to God.

2nd Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.
18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled
us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us
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