Meditation Commentary on Romans 6:20-23
20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Luke 12:47-48 describes verse 20 of this passage beautifully: “And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” Before we knew God’s truth, we were not held accountable for our actions. However, Christians, who have been exposed and trained in the truth, are held to a much higher standard. We are now expected to pursue God’s righteousness to the best of our ability, and through His power.
When talking with certain unbelievers, I have been taken by surprise at the way they boast regarding their ungodly practices. It is sad how those who have not been enlightened to God’s truth find satisfaction in the actions of their sin. As Mr. Shoemaker always says, we should not only be possessors of the truth, but should also be professors. One of our main roles as Christians is to spread the gospel to the lost. Once a lost person has been made aware of God’s plan, they are then held accountable for their sin. We see this in 2 Thessalonians 3:14: “And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.”
Eternal life does not come to one who has simply said, “God, forgive me of my sin.” Verse 22 of this passage informs us that salvation comes to one who has not only been convicted of sin, but has also surrendered their life to God. In fact, this verse says that we should become “slaves of God.” This seems like something that would burdensome and a chore. However, it is a pleasure to serve the Creator of the universe and the Savior of the world!
Verse 22 – Hebrews 12:11 says, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”