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Romans 6:15 - Of Course Not!

Rom 6:15
Shall we sin because we are not under the law - Shall we abuse our high and holy calling because we are not under that law which makes no provision for pardon, but are under that Gospel which has opened the fountain to wash away all sin and defilement? Shall we sin because grace abounds? Shall we do evil that good may come of it? This be far from us! (Dr. Adam Clarke)
His servants ye are to whom ye obey. If we obey sin, we are sin's servants, under his reign, and will receive, not grace, but sin's wages, which is death; or, on the other hand, if we obey Christ, we are his servants, and enjoy his righteousness. None enjoy this blessedness but those who turn from sin and obey Christ. (The People's New Testament)
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! (NASB)
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (KJV)
Well then, since God's grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning?  Of course not! (NLT)
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! (NET)

Liberation is not license!  Do we wish to continue to receive the recompense of sin in our mortal bodies after we have been freed from its bondage?  I think not! We are NOT somehow made impervious to the wrath of God revealed against ALL unrighteousness and ALL ungodliness.  To the contrary, gravity still exists! Instead, wouldn't we rather continue to grow in Grace enjoying a greater intimacy with the Savior of our soul?

Now it is true that, not being under the law, the rule under which we are placed is not that of imputation but of non-imputation.  Is this a reason why we should sin? No! there is a reality in these things. We are slaves to that which we obey.  Sin leads to death; obedience to practical righteousness.  We are upon the wider principle of a new nature and grace; not the application of an external rule to a nature which was not, and could not be subject to it.  And, in truth, having been in the former case, the disciples in Rome had given proof of the justice of the apostle's argument by walking in the truth.  Set free from the slavery of sin, they had become (to use human language) the slaves of righteousness, and this did not end in itself; practical righteousness developed itself by the setting apart of the whole being for God with ever-growing intelligence.  They were obedient in such-and-such things; but the fruit was sanctification, a spiritual capacity, in that they were separated from evil, unto a deeper knowledge of God. (Dr. John Darby)

Romans 6:14 - No Longer Down Under

He grants that sin is not yet so dead in us that it is utterly extinct: but he promises victory to those that contend bravely, because we have the grace of God given to us which works so that the law is not now in us the power and instrument of sin. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

For we are not under law - We who are Christians are not subject to that law where sin is excited, and where it rages unsubdued.

But under grace - Under a scheme of mercy, the design and tendency of which is to subdue sin, and destroy it. In what way the system of grace removes and destroys sin, the apostle states in the following verses. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Rom 6:14
Sin shall not have dominion over you - God delivers you from it; and if you again become subject to it, it will be the effect of your own choice or negligence.

Ye are not under the law - That law which exacts obedience, without giving power to obey; that condemns every transgression and every unholy thought without providing for the extirpation of evil or the pardon of sin.

But under grace - Ye are under the merciful and beneficent dispensation of the Gospel, that, although it requires the strictest conformity to the will of God, affords sufficient power to be thus conformed; and, in the death of Christ, has provided pardon for all that is past, and grace to help in every time of need. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (NASB)
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV)
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace. (NLT)
For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace. (NET)

Remembering the primary illustration of this passage and the contrasts from previous verses, sin was the master and we were the slaves.  But since we are now dead (in Christ) we are no longer slaves but freemen and enjoy the liberty (deliverance from bondage) that is in His Grace.  The law reveals and even excites our propensity to sin.  But we are no longer under its impossible weight that could not be carried rather we are under Grace that carries us.  No longer burdened by the law but because of Grace a fulfillment of the law.

Rom 6:11-15
The strongest motives against sin, and to enforce holiness, are here stated.  Being made free from the reign of sin, alive unto God, and having the prospect of eternal life, it becomes believers to be greatly concerned to advance thereto.  But, as unholy lusts are not quite rooted out in this life, it must be the care of the Christian to resist their motions, earnestly striving, that, through Divine grace, they may not prevail in this mortal state.  Let the thought that this state will soon be at an end, encourage the true Christian, as to the motions of lusts, which so often perplex and distress him. Let us present all our powers to God, as weapons or tools ready for the warfare, and work of righteousness, in his service.  There is strength in the covenant of grace for us. Sin shall not have dominion. God's promises to us are more powerful and effectual for mortifying sin, than our promises to God.  Sin may struggle in a real believer, and create him a great deal of trouble, but it shall not have dominion; it may vex him, but it shall not rule over him.  Shall any take occasion from this encouraging doctrine to allow themselves in the practice of any sin?  Far be such abominable thoughts, so contrary to the perfections of God, and the design of his gospel, so opposed to being under grace.  What can be a stronger motive against sin than the love of Christ?  Shall we sin against so much goodness, and such love? (Matthew Henry)

Romans 6:13 - Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot!

As instruments - This word ο?πλα hopla properly signifies “arms;” or implements of war; but it also denotes an instrument of any kind which we use for defense or aid.  Here it means that we should not devote our members - our hands, tongue, etc., as if under the direction of sinful passions and corrupt desires, to accomplish purposes of iniquity.  We should not make the members of our bodies the slaves of sin reigning within us. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Neither yield ye your members - Do not yield to temptation.  It is no sin to be tempted, the sin lies in yielding.  While the sin exists only in Satan’s solicitation, it is the devil’s sin, not ours: when we yield, we make the devil’s sin our own: then we Enter Into temptation.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Satan himself cannot force you to sin: till he wins over your will, he cannot bring you into subjection.  You may be tempted; but yield not to the temptation. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. (NASB)
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (KJV)
Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. (NLT)
and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. (NET)

One of the best books you could ever read is "The Holy War" by John Bunyan.  There is even a version that has been updated into the modern English.  Inside this wonderful text you will find the best manual on warfare ever penned.  It recounts the battle for Mansoul (Man's Soul) a city that was built by Emmanuel.  It had impenetrable ramparts and beautiful gates (the eye-gate, ear-gate, nose-gate, mouth-gate, and feel-gate).  Visitors could only enter at the behest of the inhabitants. Diablo and his minions stood outside the gates planning their attack.  Would it be a frontal attack?  No, they would enter in the form over which the inhabitants thought they had dominion!

Do you catch the subtlety of the deception here?  Do you see how important it is to have control over your own body?  The warning here is that sin will not come roaring across the drawbridge where the watchmen guard with vigilance, but rather approach with stealth!  We must not let any part of our body be used as a weapon of sin.  Perhaps, in modern terms, one would say, "don't shoot yourself in the foot!"  Instead recognize that the Lord has made you alive to serve Him and His righteousness for the sake of a lost and dying world.

Romans 6:12 - Deposing the Old King

G5219
υ?πακου?ω
hupakouo?
hoop-ak-oo'-o
From G5259 and G191; to hear under (as a subordinate), that is, to listen attentively; by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority: - hearken, be obedient to, obey.

G1939
ε?πιθυμι?α
epithumia
ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah
From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence, desire, lust (after).
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you G5219obey its G1939lusts, (NASB)
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should G5219obey it in the G1939lusts thereof. (KJV)
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not G5219give in to G1939sinful desires. (NLT)
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you G5219obey its G1939desires, (NET)

To "hear under" or to listen attentively.  If we are practicing sin, then we must be attentively listening to its call because our heart has a longing for that which is forbidden.  So we ought to depose the sinful king and let the righteous kind (Christ Jesus) rule because we are dead to its power.  We now have a choice because of His Grace.

Rom 6:11-15
The strongest motives against sin, and to enforce holiness, are here stated. Being made free from the reign of sin, alive unto God, and having the prospect of eternal life, it becomes believers to be greatly concerned to advance thereto.  But, as unholy lusts are not quite rooted out in this life, it must be the care of the Christian to resist their motions, earnestly striving, that, through Divine grace, they may not prevail in this mortal state.  Let the thought that this state will soon be at an end, encourage the true Christian, as to the motions of lusts, which so often perplex and distress him.  Let us present all our powers to God, as weapons or tools ready for the warfare, and work of righteousness, in his service.  There is strength in the covenant of grace for us. Sin shall not have dominion. God's promises to us are more powerful and effectual for mortifying sin, than our promises to God.  Sin may struggle in a real believer, and create him a great deal of trouble, but it shall not have dominion; it may vex him, but it shall not rule over him.  Shall any take occasion from this encouraging doctrine to allow themselves in the practice of any sin?  Far be such abominable thoughts, so contrary to the perfections of God, and the design of his gospel, so opposed to being under grace.  What can be a stronger motive against sin than the love of Christ?  Shall we sin against so much goodness, and such love? (Matthew Henry)

Contrary to popular belief, we do have a choice!  Not because we have intestinal fortitude, rather because we have been blessed by Grace with a new chooser!  The enemy of your soul will whisper in your ear that it is not so!  He will at times surround you with a cloud of oppression!  But all of the power in the universe is available for the believer to make the right choice!!!!

Romans 6:11 - The Reckoning

G3049
λογι?ζομαι
logízomai; fut. logísomai, fut. pass. logisthe??somai, aor. elogisáme?n; aor. pass. elogísthe?n, mid. deponent from lógos (G3056), reason, word, account. To reckon, impute, number.
(I) Actually, the verb logízomai means to put together with one's mind, to count, to occupy oneself with reckonings or calculations. (The Complete Word Study Dictionary - Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D,General Editor)
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves,.... Two things the apostle would have believers consider of themselves, and reckon themselves, to be, in consequence of their relation to Christ, who was dead, but is alive, and as agreeable thereunto: the one is, that they would look upon themselves

to be dead indeed unto sin: believe their discharge from it, and not fear condemnation and death on account of it; and that it shall not be imputed to them, or have any damning power over them, since Christ has died unto it, or for it; and therefore should have no fellowship with it, nothing to do with it, as being dead unto it, and that to them: the other is, that they would consider themselves (Dr. John Gill)
Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NASB)
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. (NLT)
So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NET)

Here we have the pondering of the knowing.  To weigh the facts like and accountant and balance the books.  To come to an absolute determination that you are indeed dead to sin and alive to Christ because you know that it is true!

Rom 6:11-15
The strongest motives against sin, and to enforce holiness, are here stated. Being made free from the reign of sin, alive unto God, and having the prospect of eternal life, it becomes believers to be greatly concerned to advance thereto.  But, as unholy lusts are not quite rooted out in this life, it must be the care of the Christian to resist their motions, earnestly striving, that, through Divine grace, they may not prevail in this mortal state.  Let the thought that this state will soon be at an end, encourage the true Christian, as to the motions of lusts, which so often perplex and distress him.  Let us present all our powers to God, as weapons or tools ready for the warfare, and work of righteousness, in his service.  There is strength in the covenant of grace for us.  Sin shall not have dominion. God's promises to us are more powerful and effectual for mortifying sin, than our promises to God.  Sin may struggle in a real believer, and create him a great deal of trouble, but it shall not have dominion; it may vex him, but it shall not rule over him.  Shall any take occasion from this encouraging doctrine to allow themselves in the practice of any sin? Far be such abominable thoughts, so contrary to the perfections of God, and the design of his gospel, so opposed to being under grace.  What can be a stronger motive against sin than the love of Christ?  Shall we sin against so much goodness, and such love? (Matthew Henry)

Romans 6:10 - The Final Frontier

Once (ε?φα?παξ)
More literally, as Rev., in margin, once for all.  Compare Heb 7:27; Heb 9:12; Heb 10:10. (Dr. Marvin Vincent)

Once - ε?φα?παξ ephapax. Once only; once for all.  This is an adverb denying a repetition (Schleusner), and implies that it will not be done again; compare Heb 7:27; Heb 9:12; Heb 10:10.  The argument of the apostle rests much on this, that his death was once for all; that it would not be repeated. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

Common sense teaches us that men die to sin in one sense; Christ in another:  St. Paul loves parallelisms, in the interpretation of which there is need of much caution.” From the whole scope of the apostle’s discourse it is plain that he considers the death of Christ as a death or sacrifice for sin; a sin-offering: in this sense no man has ever died for sin, or ever can die. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. (NASB)
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (KJV)
When He died, He died once to break the power of sin. But now that He lives, He lives for the glory of God. (NLT)
For the death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. (NET)
Rom 8:3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.  So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.  And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. (NLT)
2Co 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (NLT)
Heb 7:27 Unlike those other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices every day.  They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people.  But Jesus did this once for all when He offered Himself as the sacrifice for the people's sins. (NLT)
Heb 9:12 With His own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—He entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. (NLT)
Heb 9:26-28 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, He has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by His own death as a sacrifice.  And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.  He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for Him. (NLT)
Heb 10:10-12 For God's will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.  Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins.  But our High Priest offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time.  Then He sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand. (NLT)
Heb 10:14 For by that one offering He forever made perfect those who are being made holy. (NLT)
1Pe 3:18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit. (NLT)
Rom 14:7-9 For we don't live for ourselves or die for ourselves.  If we live, it's to honor the Lord.  And if we die, it's to honor the Lord.  So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead. (NLT)
Luk 20:38 So He is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to Him." (NLT)
2Co 5:15 He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves.  Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. (NLT)
1Pe 4:6 That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit. (NLT)

The perfect sacrifice for our sin, once for all!  This breaking the power of sin to hold us captive.  How then could we but live for God who has set us free to live in the liberty of the Gospel of His son?  A hard won truth that we have been empowered with a new  chooser.  We no longer have to choose sin but now may choose to live for Christ in the here and now and also for eternity with Him.  It may appear to us as an impossibility especially when we are struggling with the flesh but faith and obedience (as toes on the same foot) when exercised will indeed bring the victory.  Ponder this deeply until the "knowing" brings life to the dead sinews and joy to the heart.

We read of many others that were raised from the dead, but they rose to die again.  But, when Christ rose, he rose to die no more; therefore he left his grave-clothes behind him, whereas Lazarus, who was to die again, brought them out with him, as one that should have occasion to use them again: but over Christ death has no more dominion; he was dead indeed, but he is alive, and so alive that he lives for evermore, Rev 1:18.  Thus we must rise from the grave of sin never again to return to it, nor to have any more fellowship with the works of darkness, having quitted that grave, that land of darkness as darkness itself.  Secondly, He rose to live unto God (Rom 6:10), to live a heavenly life, to receive that glory which was set before him.  Others that were raised from the dead returned to the same life in every respect which they had before lived; but so did not Christ: he rose again to leave the world.  Now I am no more in the world, Joh 13:1; Joh 17:11.  He rose to live to God, that is, to intercede and rule, and all to the glory of the Father.  Thus must we rise to live to God: this is what he calls newness of life (Rom 6:4), to live from other principles, by other rules, with other aims, than we have done.  A life devoted to God is a new life; before, self was the chief and highest end, but now God.  To live indeed is to live to God, with our eyes ever towards him, making him the centre of all our actions. (Matthew Henry)
 

Romans 6:09 - Knowing for Sure

In this amazing chapter there is three kinds of "knowing," a "reckoning," and a "presenting." Their importance to the success of our Christian lives cannot be overstated.  If the lesson here is NOT learned (as taught by the Holy Spirit Himself upon our hearts) then chapter 7, 9 and 12 become a bridge too far, or worse, pie in the sky in the sweet bye and bye.  Or to paraphrase Watchmen Nee, you can reckon yourself dead unto sin until hell freezes over without success until you understand the knowing.
The first in verse 3 is the "not knowing" or ignorance.
The second in verse 6 is to know with certainty through intimacy.
The third in verse 9 is to know experientially through the senses.
Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more - So we, believing in Christ Jesus, and having a death unto sin, and a life unto righteousness, should sin no more.  If we be risen indeed with Christ, we should seek the things above, and set our affections on things above, and not on the earth.  The man who walks in humble, loving obedience, to an indwelling Christ, sin has no more dominion over his soul than death has over the immortal and glorified body of his Redeemer. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. (NASB)
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. (KJV)
We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and He will never die again. Death no longer has any power over Him. (NLT)
We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over him. (NET)
Rev 1:18 I am the living One. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. (NLT)
Heb 10:12 But our High Priest offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then He sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand. (NLT)
Act 2:24 But God released Him from the horrors of death and raised Him back to life, for death could not keep Him in its grip. (NLT)
Joh 10:17-18 "The Father loves Me because I sacrifice My life so I may take it back again. No one can take My life from Me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what My Father has commanded." (NLT)

The assurance of salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.  This assurance does not necessarily prevent us from being deceived by the enemy in to doubting.  However, if we confess our doubt and surrender ourselves to the Spirit's leading us in the way everlasting, we will find assurance growing in our hearts.  This is how we "know" "are sure" experientially through our senses.  Thank you Lord Jesus!

Romans 6:08 - We Died Therefore We Live

Indicative
INDIC'ATIVE,a. [L. indicativus.] Showing; giving intimation or knowledge of something not visible or obvious. Reserve is not always indicative of modesty; it may be indicative of prudence.
1. In grammar, the indicative mode is the form of the verb that indicates,that is, which affirms or denies; as, he writes, he is writing; they run; we misimprove advantages. It also asks questions; as, has the mail arrived? (Noah Webster)
Now if we be dead with Christ,.... This does not imply any doubt about it, but is rather a taking it for granted: seeing we are dead with Christ by union with him, as our head and representative, and by communion with him in the benefits of his death, and being planted together in the likeness of it; or being dead to the law, sin, and the world, through the virtue and efficacy of Christ's death: (Dr. John Gill)
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, (NASB)
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (KJV)
And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him. (NLT)
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (NET)

Here we have an indicative account of the facts that may now be obvious since we are talking about a death that does not stop our own physical pulse and a life, at least in one sense is, yet to be seen.  However, the death here portrayed is an event and not a state and this is the paradigm our minds must hurdle in order to grasp the significant truth.  We are, in fact, dead in Christ! Our life is now lived in Him in the present for sanctification rather than a participation in future glory.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT)

Romans 6:07 - Free At Last

Rom 6:7 For he that is dead - With Christ.  Is freed from the guilt of past, and from the power of present, sin, as dead men from the commands of their former masters. (John Wesley)
G1344 δικαιο?ω dikaióo?; contracted dikaio??, fut. dikaio??so?, from díkaios (G1342), just, righteous. To justify. Verbs which end in -óo? generally indicate bringing out that which a person is or that which is desired, but not usually referring to the mode in which the action takes place. In the case of dikaióo?, it means to bring out the fact that a person is righteous. (Word Study-General Editor: Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D)
for he who has died is G1344freed from sin. (NASB)
For he that is dead is G1344freed from sin. (NASB)
For when we died with Christ we were G1344set free from the power of sin. (NLT)
(For someone who has died has been G1344freed from sin.) (NET)
and through Him everyone who believes is G1344freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. (Acts 13:39 NASB)
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. (Romans 8:12 NLT)
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude He had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. (1 Peter 4:1 NLT)

Whom do you choose to believe?  This has to be one of the most amazing (and yet either unknown or one that lives in disbelief) verses in Scripture.  Why is that so?  Because we have not experienced it!  The "highway of holiness" (which is Christ Himself) has a ditch on either side.  The first it the ditch of arrogance where we say that we can do this-we can live this life of holiness in the power of the flesh.  The ditch on the other side of the highway is the ditch of passivity where we wait for the holy lightening bolt to come and change us into super-Christian before we can take another step. What shall we choose?  Shall it be deception number one or deception number two?  The way in the middle is the "only way!"  His name is Jesus, and we must follow Him by faith.

We then begin to see that faith and obedience are toes on the same foot.  They must step together!  We may not feel like we have a new chooser, but indeed we do!  I suppose our first confession should be that we really don't want to follow or turn loose of our sinful ways.  That becomes our first point of honesty and the place where the Spirit of Holiness begins to change our heart.  Can you imaging?  All of the power of the universe waiting to help you walk in the light of Christ!  We who are dead are now ready to be led in the way everlasting!

For he that is dead - This is evidently an expression having a proverbial aspect, designed to illustrate the sentiment just expressed.  The Rabbis had an expression similar to this, “When one is dead he is free from commands.” (Grotius.)  So says Paul, when a man dies he is exempt from the power and dominion of his master, of him who reigned over him.  The Christian had been subject to sin before his conversion. But he has now become dead to it.  And as when a servant dies, he ceases to be subject to the control of his master, so the Christian being now dead to sin, on the same principle, is released from the control of his former master, sin.
Is Freed - The design of the apostle is not to say that the Christian is perfect, but that sin has ceased to have dominion over him, as a master ceases to have power over a slave when he is dead.  That dominion may be broken, so that the Christian may not be a slave to sin, and yet he may be conscious of many failings and of much imperfection; see Romans 7. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

Romans 6:06 - No Longer Slaves

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our (h) old man is crucified with (i) [him], that the (k) body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not (l) serve sin.

(h) Our entire nature, as we are conceived and born into this world with sin, is called "old", partly by comparing that old Adam with Christ, and partly also in respect of the deformed state of our corrupt nature, which we change with a new.

(i) Our corrupt nature is regarded as belonging to Christ, not because of what he has done, but by imputation.

(k) That wickedness which remains in us.

(l) The end of sanctification which we aim at, and will at length come to, that is, when God will be all in all. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)
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; (NASB)
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (KJV)
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. (NLT)
We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (NET)

Remember the knowing: verse 3 - not to be ignorant of knowing and understanding in you mind; now verse 6 - an intimate knowledge.

In this continuing illustration of Sin as the Master and Us as the slave, we see the redemption of Christ unfold.  First we saw our identification with Christ through baptism into His death, burial, and resurrection.  Now we see our identification with Him in the crucifixion so that death looses its power over our lives.  We have been set free and are no longer slaves to obey its claim.

Once again, there is the difference between the theoretical and the experiential that is bridged by the "knowing."  For the one who is caught in sins power, he has not yet understood the declaration of freedom that is in Christ.  In a most horrific time in American history, it was acceptable for one man to own another, despite the testimony of Paul to Philemon concerning Onesimus.  But on June 19th, 1865 the word of the Emancipation Proclamation spread to Galveston, Texas by the arrival of 2,000 Union troops led by General Gordon Granger.  Liberty had arrived and the Juneteenth celebration was born.  But today, depending upon where you are standing, that experience of liberty may live in stark variance.  The same can be said for those yet enslaved in sin and do not yet know that they have been set free and have yet to "exercise" their liberty in Christ.  We are not merely connected with Christ as if bound together with rope, but joined together intimately so that our lives spring forth from the ground as He Himself sprang forth in resurrection!  Death no longer could wield its power over Christ and sin no longer holds us captive.

Our old man - Coeval with our being, and as old as the fall; our evil nature; a strong and beautiful expression for that entire depravity and corruption which by nature spreads itself over the whole man, leaving no part uninfected.  This in a believer is crucified with Christ, mortified, gradually killed, by virtue of our union with him.  That the body of sin - All evil tempers, words, and actions, which are the "members" of the "old man," Colossians 3:5, might be destroyed. (John Wesley)
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.  Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.  Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. (Colossians 3:5 NLT)

 


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