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Romans 6:18 - Emancipation Proclamation Bookmark

Being then made free from sin - Ελευθερωθεντες is a term that refers to the manumission of a slave. They were redeemed from the slavery of sin, and became the servants of righteousness.  Here is another prosopopoeia: both sin and righteousness are personified: sin can enjoin no good and profitable work; righteousness can require none that is unjust or injurious. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
ε?λευθερο?ω
eleutheróo?; contracted eleuthero??, fut. eleuthero??so?, from eleútheros (G1658), free.  To make free, liberate from the power and punishment of sin, the result of redemption (John 8:32, John 8:36; Romans 6:18, Romans 6:22) (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D., General Editor)
and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (NASB)
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (KJV)
Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. (NLT)
and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (NET)

We cannot overstate the liberty that is bestowed upon the believer because it is contrasted with the total and complete bondage that is sin! I have often said that sin is like a fishhook, no matter whether you push it through our pull it out, the pain is excruciating!  The concept of deliverance from this bondage to a new life in Christ Jesus at some level becomes mind boggling.  Yet this is exactly what is being communicated here by the Apostle.  In union with Christ we are free to become all that He has designed us to be!  Will my flesh continue to strive against this liberty?  Yes, but I am no longer obligate to (listen under) obey its voice!

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin,.... Not from a sinful nature; nor from a corrupt heart; nor from vain thoughts; nor from sinful words; nor from sinful actions altogether; but from the damning power of sin: sin brought all men under a sentence of condemnation; Christ has bore the execution of this sentence in himself for his people; hence, as considered in him, they are free from it; and such as are born again have passed from death to life, and shall never enter into condemnation: likewise, such persons are free from the guilt of sin; men are in a legal sense arraigned for sin, accused of it, and being convicted, are pronounced guilty before God; and awakened souls have a sense of it in themselves; but the blood of Christ sprinkled on their consciences frees them from it; though fresh sins committed bring fresh guilt, which requires the continual application of the blood of Jesus for pardon and cleansing: but what is chiefly designed here is freedom from the servitude of sin, as appears from the context. Now God's elect are not released voluntarily by their former masters; nor is their freedom obtained by their own power and will; but it is of God, Father, Son, and Spirit; and the Gospel is generally the means of it, and happy are those persons who are blessed with it! They are rid of a bad master; are freed from the worst of bondage; will be no more servants, as before; are delivered from the power, and out of the kingdom of darkness; are heirs of heaven, and shall enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God: and for the time present are 
become the servants of righteousness; servants to God, whose Gospel they obey; servants to Christ, whose righteousness they submit to; and servants to the law of righteousness, as held forth by Christ; they give up themselves to a course and life of righteousness, in which there are true honour, peace, and pleasure. (Dr. John Gill)
Being then made free from sin - Ελευθερωθεντες is a term that refers to the manumission of a slave. They were redeemed from the slavery of sin, and became the servants of righteousness.  Here is another prosopopoeia: both sin and righteousness are personified: sin can enjoin no good and profitable work; righteousness can require none that is unjust or injurious. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
ε?λευθερο?ω
eleutheróo?; contracted eleuthero??, fut. eleuthero??so?, from eleútheros (G1658), free.  To make free, liberate from the power and punishment of sin, the result of redemption (John 8:32, John 8:36; Romans 6:18, Romans 6:22) (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D., General Editor)
and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (NASB)
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (KJV)
Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. (NLT)
and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (NET)

We cannot overstate the liberty that is bestowed upon the believer because it is contrasted with the total and complete bondage that is sin! I have often said that sin is like a fishhook, no matter whether you push it through our pull it out, the pain is excruciating!  The concept of deliverance from this bondage to a new life in Christ Jesus at some level becomes mind boggling.  Yet this is exactly what is being communicated here by the Apostle.  In union with Christ we are free to become all that He has designed us to be!  Will my flesh continue to strive against this liberty?  Yes, but I am no longer obligate to (listen under) obey its voice!

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin,.... Not from a sinful nature; nor from a corrupt heart; nor from vain thoughts; nor from sinful words; nor from sinful actions altogether; but from the damning power of sin: sin brought all men under a sentence of condemnation; Christ has bore the execution of this sentence in himself for his people; hence, as considered in him, they are free from it; and such as are born again have passed from death to life, and shall never enter into condemnation: likewise, such persons are free from the guilt of sin; men are in a legal sense arraigned for sin, accused of it, and being convicted, are pronounced guilty before God; and awakened souls have a sense of it in themselves; but the blood of Christ sprinkled on their consciences frees them from it; though fresh sins committed bring fresh guilt, which requires the continual application of the blood of Jesus for pardon and cleansing: but what is chiefly designed here is freedom from the servitude of sin, as appears from the context. Now God's elect are not released voluntarily by their former masters; nor is their freedom obtained by their own power and will; but it is of God, Father, Son, and Spirit; and the Gospel is generally the means of it, and happy are those persons who are blessed with it! They are rid of a bad master; are freed from the worst of bondage; will be no more servants, as before; are delivered from the power, and out of the kingdom of darkness; are heirs of heaven, and shall enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God: and for the time present are 
become the servants of righteousness; servants to God, whose Gospel they obey; servants to Christ, whose righteousness they submit to; and servants to the law of righteousness, as held forth by Christ; they give up themselves to a course and life of righteousness, in which there are true honour, peace, and pleasure. (Dr. John Gill)


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