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April 24, 2009

Why do I find this so interesting?

So last night I was reading through Romans 6. I noticed that Romans 6 is very straight forward and obvious with it's message/theology. Especially compared to some of the other books in Romans. But of all the verses in the chapter, this one really stood out to me: Romans 6:19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.

It's the very last part that especially stands out. At first I was thinking, that's weird...righteousness and holiness seem to mean the same thing....why would they say that righteousness leads to holiness? But then it occurred to me. That's the process of sanctification! When we follow God and do what's right, we are being righteous...or doing righteous acts. When we continue in that, we grow in holiness or become more holy.....we are shaped into the image of God. But, by being righteous, we aren't automatically holy. It's a process that we have to work at and grow in and the result is holiness! But, it's a never ending process....as we can never be perfectly holy as Jesus is....because we are sinners and 'weak in our natural selves'. That's why we're slaves to righteousness. But how fortunate we are to be slaves to righteousness instead of impurity and wickedness!

I know I elaborated quite a bit on just one little verse. But, for some reason, this was so interesting to me ^_^


I don't really feel like posting anything about my life right now. First, because everything going on in my life seems so insignificant compared to how awesome my God is. And second, I gotta go do school.

Just one thing. YOUTH GROUP!!!!

2 comments:

Emily S. said...

that is interesting! :) i never would have thought of this passage that way. thanks for sharing. :)

Emily Joy said...

Yeah, me neither :) Oh, you're welcome!