Living by Grace

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Body of Sin?


… knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  Romans 6:6


Some people understand “the body of sin” statement in Romans 6:6 to mean that the body is sinful. However, God would not command anyone to present something to Him that is sinful.


In a different look at Romans 6:6 consider the phrase “done away with.” In Romans 7:2 the Greek word for “done away with” is translated “released”, and in Romans 7:6 it is translated “delivered.” The statement “body of sin” in Romans 6:6 can be translated “body from sin.”  


With the legitimate changes mentioned above, Romans 6:6 then is saying, “because our old man has been crucified, our bodies can be released or delivered from the control of sin—or the sin nature.” Romans 6:11-12 presents a perfect parallel to that translation of Romans 6:6.


Believers are commanded in Romans 6:11 to reckon or believe themselves to be dead to sin—the sin nature—and alive unto God. One experiences death to sin by experiencing his crucifixion. Verse 12 commands:


Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.


“Therefore” indicates that obedience to the command in verse 12 is possible because of the truths mentioned in verse 11—crucifixion makes it possible for the body to be free from the control of the sin nature.


The two commands found in verse 13 concerning the members of the believer’s body also teach that crucifixion frees the body from the control of sin. A believer experiencing crucifixion can make a choice. He can refuse to give his body to the control of the sin nature and he can present his body to the control of God. Also, we can successfully present our bodies to God as commanded in Romans 12:1 because of the truths found in Romans 6.


Freedom from believing the body is sinful can bring relief and spiritual victory.