Paul’s purpose for writing Romans 6:15-23 … Paul was giving the Roman Christians genuine reasons why they are able to stop being slaves of sin, which results in eternal death! Romans 6: 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! • They are sinning because they are “under grace” (and believe in OSAS?). 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether (slaves) of sin leading to death, or (slaves) of obedience leading to righteousness? • They can choose who they want to be the slaves of: sin or obedience. 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. • They believed in the gospel, were born again, and delivered from the bondage of sin. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. • Having been born-again caused them to be set free from sin, and (with the help of the Holy Spirit) to be ABLE to be slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. • Paul tells them to really actually BE slaves of righteousness. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. • In their old lives, they were free: there was NO choice to be made (re: 6:16). 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. • All they had was eternal death, which is the wages of their sin. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. • Since they were sinning, were they really slaves of God (yet)? NO. 23 For the wages of sin is (eternal) death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. • The opposite of sinning is … NOT sinning and being “in Christ” unto eternal life. This passage is a perfect example of Paul’s super-tactful method of writing to the churches, all of which he founded (except this church at Rome). His method was to mix together: blessings, edifications, warnings, exhortations, threats, explanations, encouragements, promises, etc. IMO, one reason was so he would not be unpopular or unwelcome in these churches. This passage reveals: • BACs are capable of being slaves of God, slaves of obedience, slaves of righteousness. • BACs can actually attain righteousness and holiness on the way to eternal life. • All sinners and slaves of sin deserve and receive eternal death (see 6:16, 6:21, 6:23). • OSAS is false. .