Summary of passage: We now offer our bodies in slavery to righteousness, which leads to holiness and eternal life. Sin leads to death.
11) In essence, people want to be free to do whatever they wish with no repercussions. This is just not reality. Under your own strength, you can’t do anything. True freedom is living under God’s strength to overcome sin. Following our own path is a slave to Satan. It’s not how we were designed to live. It’s a lie Satan tells you to keep on sinning. When you do your own thing, Satan is in charge.
12) Slave to sin: death. Slave to God: holiness and eternal life.
13a) Personal Question. My answer: Sin leads you to feeling broken and hopeless, unworthy and guilty, shameful and evil. God uses these experiences to make you yearn for Him and His ways. He replaces those feelings with hope and worthiness and holiness.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Gratitude (my stock answer). A desire to do His will through His strength. Be more like Jesus every day.
Conclusions: Question 13 is repetitive and could have done without it. Question 11 is too broad. It’s any sin. Weak lesson. Paul is basically repeating himself as well to emphasize how we now are free in Jesus.
End Notes: The “human terms” is Paul apologizing for using slavery as his example from human lives because so many back then were slaves or if not slaves per se in essence slaves because Rome dictated their lives, but it was an accurate description of his point.
Paul speaks of habits when he says “impurity to ever-increasing wickedness”. The longer you do something, the more ingrained it is and the harder to change. In times of temptation, we must remember ever-lasting life.
Slavery to God produces holiness, and eventually eternal life. There is no eternal life without holiness (Hebrews 12:14).
We must fight against every occasional sin because the benefits (life) far outweighs death! This is Paul’s answer to Romans 6:15. Remember, it’s a gift, not earned.