Bible: Romans 6-8
The Believer’s Freedom from Sin’s Domination
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? 6:2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 6:3 Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life. 1
6:5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of his resurrection. 2 6:6 We know that 3 our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, 4 so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 6:7 (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) 5
6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 6:9 We know 6 that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die 7 again; death no longer has mastery over him. 6:10 For the death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. 6:11 So you too consider yourselves 8 dead to sin, but 9 alive to God in Christ Jesus.
6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, 6:13 and do not present your members to sin as instruments 10 to be used for unrighteousness, 11 but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments 12 to be used for righteousness. 6:14 For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.
The Believer’s Enslavement to God’s Righteousness
6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 6:16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves 13 as obedient slaves, 14 you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? 15 6:17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed 16 from the heart that pattern 17 of teaching you were entrusted to, 6:18 and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 6:19 (I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) 18 For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.
6:21 So what benefit 19 did you then reap 20 from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 6:22 But now, freed 21 from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit 22 leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. 6:23 For the payoff 23 of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Believer’s Relationship to the Law
7:1 Or do you not know, brothers and sisters 24 (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law is lord over a person 25 as long as he lives? 7:2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives, but if her 26 husband dies, she is released from the law of the marriage. 27 7:3 So then, 28 if she is joined to another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress. But if her 29 husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she is joined to another man, she is not an adulteress. 7:4 So, my brothers and sisters, 30 you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God. 31 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, 32 the sinful desires, 33 aroused by the law, were active in the members of our body 34 to bear fruit for death. 7:6 But now we have been released from the law, because we have died 35 to what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit and not under the old written code. 36
7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I 37 would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else 38 if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” 39 7:8 But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. 40 For apart from the law, sin is dead. 7:9 And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive 7:10 and I died. So 41 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! 42 7:11 For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. 43 7:12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.
7:13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. 44 7:15 For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. 45 7:16 But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. 46 7:17 But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. 7:18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. 47 7:19 For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.
7:21 So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. 7:22 For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. 7:23 But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 7:25 Thanks be 48 to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, 49 I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but 50 with my flesh I serve 51 the law of sin.
The Believer’s Relationship to the Holy Spirit
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 52 8:2 For the law of the life-giving Spirit 53 in Christ Jesus has set you 54 free from the law of sin and death. 8:3 For God achieved what the law could not do because 55 it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 8:4 so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
8:5 For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by 56 the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For the outlook 57 of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, 8:7 because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. 8:8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 8:9 You, however, are not in 58 the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him. 8:10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but 59 the Spirit is your life 60 because of righteousness. 8:11 Moreover if the Spirit of the one 61 who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the one who raised Christ 62 from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through his Spirit who lives in you. 63
8:12 So then, 64 brothers and sisters, 65 we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh 8:13 (for if you live according to the flesh, you will 66 die), 67 but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are 68 the sons of God. 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, 69 but you received the Spirit of adoption, 70 by whom 71 we cry, “Abba, Father.” 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness to 72 our spirit that we are God’s children. 8:17 And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) 73 – if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him.
8:18 For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared 74 to the glory that will be revealed to us. 8:19 For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God 75 who subjected it – in hope 8:21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. 8:23 Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, 76 groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, 77 the redemption of our bodies. 78 8:24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. 79
8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, 80 but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. 8:27 And he 81 who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit 82 intercedes on behalf of the saints according to God’s will. 8:28 And we know that all things work together 83 for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 8:29 because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son 84 would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 85 8:30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.
8:31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 8:32 Indeed, he who 86 did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things? 8:33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? 87 It is God who justifies. 8:34 Who is the one who will condemn? Christ 88 is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 89 8:36 As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 90 8:37 No, in all these things we have complete victory 91 through him 92 who loved us! 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, 93 nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.