6:7 free from sin. Lit. “justified.” See text note. Here the language has an additional nuance of “delivered from,” for Paul is discussing the reign of sin, and not merely its guilt (vv. 17–22). Paul personifies sin as a monarch (5:21); as a general who uses various parts of the body for weapons (“instruments,” v. 13); and as an employer who pays wages (v. 23).