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Sermon #3105

Servants of Righteousness

A Sermon on Romans 6:18


Romans 6:18 ESV KJV
and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. (ESV)

Sermon Description

What does it mean to be a “slave to righteousness”? Paul explains in Romans 6:18 that Christians are no longer slaves to sin and sin has power no longer. Instead, Christians are now slaves to righteousness. In this sermon on Romans 6:18 titled “Servants of Righteousness,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones details several truths that can be drawn from this one verse. He is clear to point out that he is not saying that there is no sin left in the Christian or that they are free from sinful nature or temptations. There is no choice in this matter of sanctification because it starts the moment that the Christian believes. Once they believe, the soul yearns with jealous envy for righteousness because they are drawn to the realm of God instead of the realm of sin. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also warns that many people can have qualities of a Christian but not hold the same doctrines. He mentions that the Pharisees were people like this, creating their own righteousness instead of submitting to God’s righteousness. This practice is ignorant. One does not understand what morality is and needs to lean on the Lord for wisdom. Christians can rejoice that the Lord who began a good work in them will be faithful to complete this work.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Moral teaching is not confined to the Bible. There is moral teaching outside of the Bible as well, like in ancient Greek philosophy.
  2. Some systems of thought have read the New Testament, admired its ethics, and incorporated them into their belief systems. They have tried to live by these ethics.
  3. However, you cannot hold onto Christian ethics without Christian doctrine. Christian ethics go beyond just being kind - they involve holiness, the Beatitudes, 1 Corinthians 13, and righteousness.
  4. Righteousness means living to please God, including in your motives and desires. It means being perfect like God.
  5. No one can attain perfect righteousness on their own - all have sinned and fall short of God's glory. Even following the law only leads to the knowledge of sin.
  6. Redemption is not antithetical to morality - it is essential for it. Men are slaves to sin by nature and need deliverance.
  7. Redemption provides the power for morality through the Holy Spirit, who gives us new desires and motives. It provides gratitude and love as motives to please God.
  8. Redemption does not produce lazy, irresponsible people. It produces the opposite - people who love righteousness like the saints and martyrs.
  9. We were once slaves to sin but now are slaves to righteousness through Christ, which is perfect freedom. Nothing brings more joy than understanding redemption.

The Book of Romans

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.