The Ten Commandments: Are they still relevant? – Part 7c
In the last section of this article in Part 7b, we ended with a translation from the Greek Scriptures covering Romans 6:12-13. In this section, we will open with another translation from the Greek Scriptures that cover:
ἁμαρτία γὰρ ὑμῶν οὐ κυριεύσει, οὐ γάρ ἐστε ὑπὸ νόμον ἀλλὰ ὑπὸ
For your sin shall not rule you, for you are not under law but under
χάριν. Τί οὖν; ἁμαρτήσωμεν ὅτι οὐκ ἐσμὲν ὑπὸ νόμον ἀλλὰ ὑπὸ χάριν;
grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?
Basically in v. 14, the Apostle Paul states emphatically that your sin shall not rule you, nor be your Lord or Master. Only the Lord Jesus Christ has that headship and authority over us. Why? Because we are no longer under the ‘law of sin’ as we were before we changed Lords. The Apostle Paul had also asked the Christians in Rome if they were still attempting to flirt with sin, as we read in v.15, when they knew full well that they were no longer bound by the law of sin.
The rest of chapter 6, the Apostle Paul continues contrasting the different states of servitude (italics added for emphasis only):
v.16 – whomever you yield yourself to, you are servant to that person, state or thing: i.e., “sin unto death” or “obedience unto righteousness.”
v. 17 – you were the servants of sin….but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
v.18 – being made free from sin….you became the servants of righteousness.
v.19 – as you once yielded your members as servants to uncleanness and to iniquity to iniquity….so now yield your members servants to righteousness and holiness.
v.20 – when you were servants of sin…you were not the servant of righteousness.
v. 21 – What fruit or wages were you reaping? You were reaping death.
v. 22 – But now! Being made free from sin…you have become servants to GOD, and now your fruit or wages is holiness and everlasting life.
v. 23 – the wages of sin is death….the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD.
As it was noted previously: chapters, verses, punctuation, chapter headings, paragraph headings, paragraphs are all devices that were put into the Holy Writ by human translators. These were not divinely included in the original autographs. The book of Romans has been divided into sixteen chapters, but in chapters 1-8, Paul makes one long, but cogent exegetical argument defining God’s Law, both the ones written originally on the tablets of stone and that which became available to be written on our hearts with the advent of the New Covenant. In this New Covenant administration, it is the Holy Spirit who is the administrator of God’s Laws. No longer do we have to be burdened with the task of attempting to discern what is and what is not the Law of God. God Himself has now written it on our hearts, even as it was prophesied in the book of Jeremiah.
So now, this writer will leave you with a Scriptural consolation:
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
We will continue in Part 8. God Bless you.