“To “present yourselves.” To “obey.” “To abide.” All of these expressions are actually the same concept.”
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So, let’s see if Paul can explain this. Let’s go back to where we left off in Romans 6 at verses 16,17, and 19. “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness. But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed . . . so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. (italics supplied).”
So, let me ask this question about what we’ve just read. Where is the do in present yourselves? Where does it say that you do anything? It says choose to become a slave of righteousness, and the result is sanctification.
But you ask, if I wanted to stop smoking or to begin paying tithe, wouldn’t I need to change something in my life, do something in order to qualify for sanctification? Don’t I need to obey? What’s the connection between present yourselves and obedience from the heart?
Read Philippians 2:12-13. “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Italics supplied).
According to Philippians 2:13, God does the work and God’s will is the one being followed. Then what’s our part? Romans 6:16 said to “present yourselves”. Philippians 2:12 said to “obey.” John 15:5 said to “abide.” Do you understand what Paul and his friends are telling us? All of these expressions are actually the same concept.