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Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 6:19-23

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 27, 2011

19. I say what is human, on account of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members to serve uncleanness, and iniquity to iniquity; so now yield your members to serve justice into sanctification.
20. For when you were the servants of sin, you were free to justice.
21. What fruit had you then in those things, in which you now blush? For the end of them is death.
22. But now being freed from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit into sanctification, and the end eternal life.
23. For the pay of sin, is death. But the grace of God, life eternal, in Christ Jesus our Lord
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19. I say what is human. I might urge that on every account, and in an infinite degree, you are bound to serve God in preference to serving sin. But in human consideration, and, having regard to your infirmity, I demand
that at least you yield to God the same service you have hitherto yielded to sin. The perfection of the religious life is not demanded from all, though in itself due to God; but obedience to God’s commandments is of universal
obligation.

Iniquity to iniquity. Progress from crime to crime. Justice and sanctification; daily increase in holiness of life.

20. When you, were the servants of sin. This is the sense of the Greek. The Vulgate uses the subjunctive mood, as making the statement less positive. When you were, supposing you ever were, the servants of sin. Free to justice;
free men in relation to justice, paying no allegiance to it. The two powers being diametrically opposed, it is impossible to serve both.

21. The end of them is death. Death eternal, in which death temporal is included. The fruit of sin is shame and confusion, and eternal death at last.

22. You have your fruit into sanctification. The Syriac: You have holy fruits, the end of which is life eternal.

23. The pay of sin. Stipendia, in Greek ὀψώνιον (opsōnion-op-so’-nee-on), a soldier’s pay, originally given in kind, and the Greek word means food. Afterwards it was paid in money, but was no more than sufficient for daily wants. The gratuity, grace, was no more than sufficient for daily wants. The gratuity, was no more than sufficient for daily wants. The gratuity, χάρισμα
(charisma= char’-is-mah), was a liberal donative granted to the soldiers,
beyond any claim they could make. The free gift of God, eternal life, merited and promised by Christ Jesus our Lord, infinitely exceeds in value any merit of ours, and is far beyond anything we could claim as our due.

Corollary of Piety.

The lot of the Christian is wholly thrown in with Christ: a partnership, association, communion, all-embracing, comprehensive, and complete. We are dead with him, crucified with him, buried with him, planted with him,
grafted into him. With him we rose from the dead, with him we live, sharing his immortality and glory. What have we to do with sin, which he crucified and overthrew, what with the world which he has quitted for heaven?
Dead with Christ, we are dead to sin. Buried with Christ, we are cut off from the ambitions and desires of the world, with which the grave has neither sympathy nor concern. Risen with Christ we are heirs of glory, and the life we
lead is supernatural and celestial. To the tenant of the grave, as the years roll by, the world becomes more and more distant: he is at last forgotten, as if he had never been. To the glorified spirit this world recedes more and more into insignificance, until to him it is nothing. Thus should our death, and our life, both continually grow and increase, till the day when both shall be complete.

Sin is a tyrant: justice is a queen. To serve both is impossible; to serve one or the other is inevitable, for they divide the empire of the world between them. Our bodies are the weapons of this warfare, and may be made instruments effectual in the struggle of Christ against his foes. All that is required is to take him for our Lord, and be ready to fight: he will direct the battle. Already he has emancipated us from the servitude of sin, whose wages are shame and confusion, and death without remedy or ransom at the end. Royal splendour, and the enjoyment of it for eternity, is the donative Christ offers to those who are brave and faithful in his service.

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