Summary of passage: Sin is not your master since you are under grace. Offer yourselves and your bodies to God, not sin, as instruments of righteousness.
3) We are alive through believe in Jesus Christ.
4a) Negative: “do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” “Do not offer parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness.”
Positive: “Offer yourselves to God” and “offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.”
In this instance, lasting change has to have both: you cannot keep your evil ways AND be instruments of God. You have to consciously lessen the evil and increase the good.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Any time I sin I’m giving myself up to sin and every time I choose God I’m giving myself to Him. This is a daily, minute occurrence with no glaring examples that come to mind. It could be when I’m being selfish or prideful or even mean. This could be as well when I’m compassionate, giving, and kind.
5) Personal Question. My answer: God is with me always and I can draw upon His power and the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin.
Conclusions: Weak. Very, very weak.
End Notes: This is a call by Paul to Christians to live in the freedom Jesus’s blood provides us as many are unsure. Paul says stop yielding to the fleshly desire to sin which leads to a life of discouragement, fear, anxiety, and defeat.
We are dead to sin and alive to God. We must refuse to let sin reign in our lives and offer ourselves to God.
The parts of our body–eyes, ears, mouth, lips, etc–must be used for good and not given in to sin. You could think of “instruments” as weapons. How God used David’s hands to slay Goliath. Later, how David allowed his eyes to be used for sin when he gazed upon Bathsheba.
Once we take away the sin we must use them for something–righteousness–offered to God.
The priests in the Old Testament consecrated their bodies to God. Sacrificial blood was applied to the ear, to the thumb, and on the big toe, showing that those parts of their body (and all other parts) belonged to God and were to be used for His glory (Exodus 29:20). The idea is the same.
We present ourselves to God as being alive from the dead. This first has the idea that all connection with the previous life – the old man – must be done away with. That life is dead and gone. Secondly, it has the idea of obligation, because we owe everything to the One who has given us new life!
“For sin shall not be your master”: Spurgeon said that these words give us a test, a promise, and an encouragement.
1) It is a test of our claim to be Christians. Does anger have dominion over you? Does murmuring and complaining? Does covetousness have dominion over you? Does pride? Does laziness have dominion over you? If sin has dominion over us, we should seriously ask if we are really converted.
2) It is a promise of victory. It doesn’t say that “sin will not be present in us,” because that will only be fulfilled when we are resurrected in glory. But it does promise that sin will not have dominion over us because of the great work Jesus did in us when we were born again.
3) It is an encouragement for hope and strength in the battle against sin. God hasn’t condemned you under the dominion of sin – He has set you free in Jesus. This is encouragement for the Christian struggling against sin, for the new Christian, and for the backslider.
Law clearly defined God’s standard, and shows us where we fall short of it. But it cannot give the freedom from sin that grace provides. Remember that grace reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21). Grace (not law) provides the freedom and the power to live over sin.
This shows again that a life lived truly under grace will be a righteous life.
For the Jews, their life was completely about living under the Law. Now Paul says after Jesus we live under grace.
Paul has answered his question from Romans 6:1. Why don’t we just continue in habitual sin so grace may abound? Because when we are saved, when our sins are forgiven, and God’s grace is extended to us, we are radically changed. The old man is dead, and the new man lives.
In light of these remarkable changes, it is utterly incompatible for a new creation in Jesus to be comfortable in habitual sin. A state of sin can only be temporary for the Christian. As Spurgeon is credited with saying: “The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul.”
John states the same idea in another way: Whoever abides in Him does not [habitually] sin. Whoever[habitually] sins has neither seen Him nor known Him . . . Whoever has been born of God does not[habitually] sin, for his seed remains in him; and he cannot [habitually] sin, because he has been born of God (1 John 3:6 and 3:9).
The changes may not come all at one time, and they may not come to each area of one’s life at the same time, but they will be there and they will be real and they will be increasing as time goes on.
You cannot sin for you love God. We are changed and free through grace.