Romans 6

The New Life in Christ

1 What should we say then? a Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? b 2Absolutely not! c How can we who died to sin d still live in it? 3 Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized e into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? f 4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, g in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead h by the glory of the Father, i so we too may
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walk in a new way
Or in newness
of life. l
5 For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, m we will certainly also be
Be joined with Him
in the likeness of His resurrection.
6For we know that our old self
Lit man; = the person before conversion
p was crucified with Him q in order that sin’s dominion over the body
Lit that the body of sin
may be abolished, s so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin,
7 since a person who has died t is freed
Or justified; lit acquitted
from sin’s claims.
Lit from sin
8 Now if we died with Christ, w we believe that we will also live with Him, 9because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, x will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him. y 10 For in light of the fact that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God. 11 So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin z but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Other mss add our Lord

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey
Other mss add sin (lit it) in
its desires.
13And do not offer any parts
Or members
of it to sin ad as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, ae and all the parts
Or members
of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness.
14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law ag but under grace. ah

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? ai Absolutely not! aj 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone
Lit that to whom you offer yourselves
as obedient
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slaves, am you are slaves of that one you obey an – either of sin leading to death ao or of obedience leading to righteousness?
17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, ap you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred
Or entrusted
to, ar
18 and having been liberated from sin, as you became enslaved to righteousness. 19I am using a human analogy
Lit I speak humanly; Paul is personifying sin and righteousness as slave masters.
au because of the weakness of your flesh.
Or your human nature
For just as you offered the parts
Or members
of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in
saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness.
Lit free to righteousness
21 So what fruit was produced
Lit what fruit do you have
then from the things you are now ashamed of? bb For the end of those things is death. bc
22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, bd you have your fruit, which results in sanctification
Or holiness
bf – and the end is eternal life! bg
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. bh
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