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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

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Romans 6:15-23

6:15-23 What then? Are we to go on sinning because we are not under the law but under grace? God forbid! Are you not aware that if you yield yourselves to anyone as slaves, in order to obey them, you are the slaves of the person whom you have chosen to obey--in this case, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness. But, thank God, you, who used to be slaves of sin, have come to a spontaneous decision to obey the pattern of teaching to which you were... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you ,.... It has dominion over God's people in a state of unregeneracy: and after conversion it is still in them, and has great power oftentimes to hinder that which is good, and to effect that which is evil; it entices and ensnares, and brings into captivity, and seems as though it would regain its dominion, and reign again, but it shall not. This is not a precept, exhortation, or admonition, as before, though some read it as such, "let not sin have... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Romans 6:15

What then? shall we sin ,.... Does it follow from hence, that therefore we may sin, and go on and continue in it, because we are not under the law, but under grace ? here the apostle meets with an objection of the adversary, saying, that if men are not under the law, and are free from all obligation to it, then they may live as they list; nor can they be chargeable with sin, or that be objected to them; since where there is no law, there is no transgression, and sin is not imputed where... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Romans 6:16

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves ,.... The apostle goes on with his answer to the above objection, by making use of an argument from the nature of servants and their obedience, a thing well known to everyone, and which none could be ignorant of; which he delivers by way of distribution, that such who yield themselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness : such who obey sin, are the servants of sin;... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Romans 6:17

But God be thanked that ye were the servants of sin ,.... Not that the apostle must be thought to give thanks to God for that these persons had been the servants of sin, than which nothing is more disagreeable to God, or caused more shame to themselves; but that inasmuch as they had been in the drudgery and service of sin, they were now freed from it. Just as if a person, that has been a slave for some time in Algiers, should bless God, or be thankful to the instrument of his deliverance,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 6:14

Sin shall not have dominion over you - God delivers you from it; and if you again become subject to it, it will be the effect of your own choice or negligence. Ye are not under the law - That law which exacts obedience, without giving power to obey; that condemns every transgression and every unholy thought without providing for the extirpation of evil or the pardon of sin. But under grace - Ye are under the merciful and beneficent dispensation of the Gospel, that, although it... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 6:15

Shall we sin because we are not under the law - Shall we abuse our high and holy calling because we are not under that law which makes no provision for pardon, but are under that Gospel which has opened the fountain to wash away all sin and defilement? Shall we sin because grace abounds? Shall we do evil that good may come of it? This be far from us! read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 6:16

To whom ye yield yourselves - Can you suppose that you should continue to be the servants of Christ if ye give way to sin? Is he not the master who exacts the service, and to whom the service is performed? Sin is the service of Satan; righteousness the service of Christ. If ye sin ye are the servants of Satan, and not the servants of God. The word δουλος , which we translate servant, properly signifies slave; and a slave among the Greeks and Romans was considered as his master's... read more

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