SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
So he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words. And they said to him, “Why does my lord say these words? Far be it from us that your servants should do such a thing. Look, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord’s house? With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s SLAVES.” And he said, “Now also let it be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my SLAVE, and you shall be blameless.” Then each man speedily let down his sack to the ground, and each opened his sack. So he searched. He began with the oldest and left off with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Then they tore their clothes, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city. - Genesis 44:6-13 .
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your SLAVE—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” - Matthew 20:25-28
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves SLAVES to obey, you are that one’s SLAVES whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? And having been set free from sin, you became SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. For when you were SLAVES OF SIN, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 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. For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT OF GOD is eternal life in CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD. - Romans 6:16, 18, 20-23 .
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