Slaves of Righteousness

Jon David Banks
3 min readMar 15


No one can follow the Law or be sinless. That is why we were born again. We have been given a new life in the Spirit of God and have become a part of a new body, the body of Christ. It is in this new body that we are without sin as long as we continue to abide in our new body, that is, Christ.

But if we resurrect the old body of flesh, we will be in sin again. As the word says,

Romans 6:1–18,

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?

2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

7 for he who has died is freed from sin.

8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.

10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus [our new body].

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body [our old body] that you should obey its lusts,

13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of righteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead [crucified with Christ], and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be!

16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

17 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,

18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

This is the gospel of Christ.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Jon David Banks

Separated at birth for the gospel (Jesus was seen in the delivery room by the attending nurse).