Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
God accomplished a miraculous work in the lives of these believers. He transformed them from sinners into saints. To appreciate the significance of this miracle we must take into account that they were Gentiles living in one of the most godless cities in the world – Rome. How was God able to perform such a miracle?
Paul tells us that their freedom from bondage to sin came through their obedience to the truth. “…ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.” What was the truth that Paul told them?
Wherever Paul went, he had one primary message to tell. 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. Almost all of the New Testament teaching on how to live the Christian life comes to us through the pen of the Apostle Paul. Yet Paul always had one primary message that came before all the rest. 1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. In other words, I am sharing with you the life-changing truth that someone shared with me.
1. Christ died for our sins
While on the cross, Jesus bore all the punishment that you and I deserve. The Bible says that God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for us. (see 2 Cor 5:21) Christ died for our sins.
2. And He was buried
We might be tempted to think that Christ’s burial had little spiritual significance, yet it accomplished at least two things:
– It verified the fact that Jesus was indeed dead. The body of Christ laid in the tomb for three days.
– It magnified the miracle of His resurrection.
3. And that He rose again the third day
The Bible teaches us that Jesus is alive and seated at the right hand of the Father where He continuously intercedes on our behalf. The Bible also teaches us that one day He is coming again to take Christians home to spend eternity in heaven. Jesus said: “…because I live, ye shall live also.” (Jn 14:19)