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  • Instruments of Righteousness Devotional

    Romans 6:12–13

    We work with God to make sanctification an experiential reality in our lives, but we must not lose sight of the fundamental truth that the Lord makes us holy. Because He has made us holy, we are to become holy by presenting ourselves wholly unto the Lord for righteousness’ sake, relying on the means of grace such as Bible study and preaching, the sacraments, and prayer to draw on the strength we need to obey Him even when things get tough. View Resource

  • Instruments for Good Devotional

    Romans 6:12-14

    Does your eye stray to sinful images? Does your tongue use unedifying language? Does your stomach drive you to consume too much? Think about the sins to which you are most prone and then identify the body parts that are responsible. How can those parts be used for righteousness? Ask God to help you use your members for Him. View Resource

  • Living Under Grace Devotional

    Romans 6:14

    John Calvin notes that we are no longer under the law for justification: “We are no longer subject to the law, as requiring perfect righteousness, and pronouncing death on all who deviate from it in any part.” While old covenant saints were not saved by keeping the law, it nonetheless was a heavy burden that reminded them of God’s demands while giving no power to fulfill them. This is the burden we all feel before grace, but Christ releases us from the burden to serve Him in freedom. View Resource

  • Living Under Grace Devotional

    Romans 6:15

    We will discuss what it means to not be under law in the days ahead. Today, Dr. R.C. Sproul’s commentary Romans will help us understand Paul’s point: “We are no longer under the law in the sense of being underneath the awesome, weighty burden of the law… . We are no longer in the condition of being crushed under the weight of the law, no longer oppressed by its burden of guilt and judgment.” We are no longer under the law as guilty people, for we are righteous in Christ. View Resource

  • The Antinomian Error Devotional

    Romans 6:15–23

    People who possess saving faith earnestly desire to obey God’s commandments. They do not seek to do so to merit eternal life; they do so in order to thank God and demonstrate the authenticity of their faith. We must take care not to obey the law as a means of justification, but if we do not want to keep God’s commandments, we are in dire spiritual straits indeed. View Resource

  • Slaves to Righteousness Devotional

    Romans 6:16-19

    In his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul discusses the relationship between justification and sanctification: “We are not going to make it on the basis of our righteousness, but only on the basis of faith. If the faith is genuine, the fruit of that faith will be real righteousness.” Declarative righteousness—God’s pronouncement that the merit of Christ is imputed to our accounts—is what gives us peace with God. But through His Spirit, the Lord will sanctify His people. View Resource

  • Slavery to Sin and Its Fruit Devotional

    Romans 6:20-21

    If there is anything we learn from today’s passage and the whole of Romans 6:15–23, it is that Scripture knows nothing of an autonomous existence in which we have no master to serve. We are made to be servants, and we will serve either the master of sin or the master of righteousness—God Himself. We cannot serve the master of righteousness apart from God’s grace, and if He has bought us with the blood of Christ, we will—imperfectly but truly—serve Him. View Resource

  • The Wages of Sin vs. the Gift of Life Devotional

    Romans 6:22-23

    John Calvin comments, “Our salvation is altogether through the grace and mere beneficence of God… . It is through God’s gift we obtain it, and not through our own merits.” Eternal life is not the wage paid to those who sanctify themselves by God’s Spirit. Though it is the final end of our sanctification, it is not something we merit in any way. If it were, we would never get there, for no work of ours is ever good enough to earn life everlasting. View Resource