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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Romans 6:1-23

The apostle's transition, which joins this discourse with the former, is observable: ?What shall we say then? Rom. 6:1. What use shall we make of this sweet and comfortable doctrine? Shall we do evil that good may come, as some say we do? Rom. 3:8. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Shall we hence take encouragement to sin with so much the more boldness, because the more sin we commit the more will the grace of God be magnified in our pardon? Isa. this a use to be made of it?? No,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Romans 6:12-14

6:12-14 Let not sin reign in your mortal body to make you obey the body's desires. Do not go on yielding your members to sin as weapons of evil; but yield yourselves once and for all to God, as those who were dead and are now alive, and yield your members to God as weapons of righteousness. For sin will not lord it over you. You are not under law but under grace. There is no more typical transition in Paul than that between this passage and the preceding one. The passage which went before... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Romans 6:13

Neither yield ye your members ,.... The apostle more fully explains what he means by obeying sin in the lusts thereof; a presenting, or making use of the "members, as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin": by their "members" he means the several powers and faculties of the soul, and so the Ethiopic version renders it, "your souls"; or the several parts of the body, or both; by "yielding", or presenting of them, is designed the employment of them in the service of sin, as instruments of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 6:13

Neither yield ye your members - Do not yield to temptation. It is no sin to be tempted, the sin lies in yielding. While the sin exists only in Satan's solicitation, it is the devil's sin, not ours: when we yield, we make the devil's sin our own: then we Enter Into temptation. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Satan himself cannot force you to sin: till he wins over your will, he cannot bring you into subjection. You may be tempted; but yield not to the temptation. Yield... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 6:13

Verse 13 13.Nor present your members, etc. When once sin has obtained dominion in our soul, all our faculties are continually applied to its service. He therefore describes here the reign of sin by what follows it, that he might more clearly show what must be done by us, if we would shake off its yoke. But he borrows a similitude from the military office, when he calls our members weapons or arms (arma ); (192) as though he said, “As the soldier has ever his arms ready, that he may use them... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 6:1-14

The practical power of the Resurrection. Here the apostle enlarges still more fully upon the truth that the Christian's faith leads not merely to the pardon of sin, but also to deliverance from its power. Because grace has abounded over sin, and our unrighteousness has commended the righteousness of God, it does not therefore follow that we are to continue in sin. If we have a real union with Christ, we have been baptized into his death. We are buried with him by baptism into death; "that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 6:12-14

The two dominions. A renewed application of the subject just discussed. The reign of sin; the reign of grace. I. THE REIGN OF SIN . 1. The self yielded to sin. Man's higher self—reason, conscience, and will—should dominate over the "soul" and the "flesh," the mere passions and lusts; man's spirit should be king. But the true self has been discrowned, and the lower self—the lusts—has gained the mastery. And in this false mastery of the flesh, sin reigns. Oh, degradation! we... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 6:12-23

The reign of grace. We saw in last section how the leading facts of our Lord's life get copied into the experience of the regenerate; so that we have a death and burial, and crucifixion, and resurrection, and new life along with Christ. Sanctification in this way naturally issues out of justification. £ The apostle consequently proceeds to show that the dominion of sin is broken by the same means as the removal of our condemnation, viz. by outlook to Jesus. We find ourselves to be no... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 6:13

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God . By our members seem to be meant, not merely the several parts of our bodily frame—eye. tongue, hand, foot, etc.—but generally all the parts or constituents of our present human nature, which sin may use as its instruments, but which ought to be devoted to God (cf. Colossians 3:5 ). Many... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 6:13

Neither yield ye your members - Do not give up, or devote, or employ your members, etc. The word “members” here refers to the members of the body - the hands, feet, tongue, etc. It is a specification of what in Romans 6:12 is included under the general term “body;” see Romans 7:5, Rom 7:23; 1 Corinthians 6:15; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 1Co 12:18, 1 Corinthians 12:20.As instruments - This word ὁπλα hopla properly signifies “arms;” or implements of war; but it also denotes an instrument of any kind... read more

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