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Romans 6-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The New Life in Christ

What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way[a] of life. For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be[b] in the likeness of His resurrection. For we know that our old self[c] was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body[d] may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed[e] from sin’s claims.[f] Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him. 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 but alive to God in Christ Jesus.[g]

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey[h] its desires. 13 And do not offer any parts[i] of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts[j] of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. 14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone[k] as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred[l] to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19 I am using a human analogy[m] because of the weakness of your flesh.[n] For just as you offered the parts[o] of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness.[p] 21 So what fruit was produced[q] then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification[r]—and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

An Illustration from Marriage

Since I am speaking to those who understand law, brothers, are you unaware that the law has authority over someone as long as he lives? For example, a married woman is legally bound to her husband while he lives. But if her husband dies, she is released from the law regarding the husband. So then, if she gives herself to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law. Then, if she gives herself to another man, she is not an adulteress.

Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah, so that you may belong to another—to Him who was raised from the dead—that we may bear fruit for God. For when we were in the flesh,[s] the sinful passions operated through the law in every part of us[t] and bore fruit for death. But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the new way[u] of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law.

Sin’s Use of the Law

What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.[v] And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life 10 and I died. The commandment that was meant for life resulted in death for me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.

The Problem of Sin in Us

13 Therefore, did what is good cause my death?[w] Absolutely not! On the contrary, sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am made out of flesh,[x] sold into sin’s power. 15 For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. 19 For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me. 21 So I discover this principle:[y] When I want to do what is good, evil is with me. 22 For in my inner self[z] I joyfully agree with God’s law. 23 But I see a different law in the parts of my body,[aa] waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body.[ab] 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord![ac] So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin.


  1. Romans 6:4 Or in newness
  2. Romans 6:5 Be joined with Him
  3. Romans 6:6 Lit man; = the person before conversion
  4. Romans 6:6 Lit that the body of sin
  5. Romans 6:7 Or justified; lit acquitted
  6. Romans 6:7 Lit from sin
  7. Romans 6:11 Other mss add our Lord
  8. Romans 6:12 Other mss add sin (lit it) in
  9. Romans 6:13 Or members
  10. Romans 6:13 Or members
  11. Romans 6:16 Lit that to whom you offer yourselves
  12. Romans 6:17 Or entrusted
  13. Romans 6:19 Lit I speak humanly; Paul is personifying sin and righteousness as slave masters.
  14. Romans 6:19 Or your human nature
  15. Romans 6:19 Or members
  16. Romans 6:20 Lit free to righteousness
  17. Romans 6:21 Lit what fruit do you have
  18. Romans 6:22 Or holiness
  19. Romans 7:5 = a person’s life before accepting Christ
  20. Romans 7:5 Lit of our members
  21. Romans 7:6 Lit in newness
  22. Romans 7:7 Ex 20:17
  23. Romans 7:13 Lit good become death to me?
  24. Romans 7:14 Other mss read I am carnal
  25. Romans 7:21 Or law
  26. Romans 7:22 Lit inner man
  27. Romans 7:23 Lit my members
  28. Romans 7:23 Lit my members
  29. Romans 7:25 Or Thanks be to God—(it is done) through Jesus Christ our Lord!

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