Obedience to God. “Thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness." Paul writes to this community, which he had yet to meet, to remind them of their new life in Christ. Inherent in this new life in Christ is the death to their old life, in Paul’s words their obedience to Sin. Their new life in Christ requires them to be obedient to God, as they cannot be obedient to both sin and God. Is anyone else struck by the word obedient?