The Infirmity of the Flesh
A Sermon on Romans 6:19
I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. (ESV)
Just as in life, children grow up to become adults, so too, new believers will grow up in Christ! As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes from Romans 6, Paul does something extremely out of character; he uses an illustration. It is rare for Paul to tell a story or use an analogy, but he chose to do so by relating that we are now slaves to righteousness instead of slaves to sin. In Romans 6:19, he clarifies and explains by saying, “I speak after the manner of men.” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that this specific verse is for Paul to explain himself of why he is using an illustration. Paul does this to make his subject matter simple and clear. The Doctor also notes that this should be the only use of illustrations for any teacher or preacher of the Bible! Paul is also noting that he only used the illustration so that others would not misunderstand what he was saying. He wants to emphasize that our righteousness combines both slavery and freedom; slavery to righteousness but a freedom from the reign of sin. Paul chose to use an illustration because some of his listeners are still children in a sense of Christianity. The Doctor goes on to warn that we should never stay children of the Word of God, only drinking milk, but instead we should constantly be growing and maturing to take in the meat of the Gospel!