Freed from the law of Sin and Death

Before covering Chapters 6, 7 and 8 of Romans it’s recommended that you first read ‘Subject to the Power of the Law’. That study reviews the context of chapter 5 and the first half of chapter 6, and will greatly aid in the continuity of the following chapters.

Let’s take a look at what the Apostle Paul says, in context, about our former ‘bondage’ and ‘slavery’, and what we’ve been ‘freed from in Christ‘.

What does the text say?

Romans 6:6 so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.

Romans 6:16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

  • John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin…

Romans 6:18 and, having been set free from sin

Romans 6:19 For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness… 

Romans 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin AND have become slaves of God

  • Revelation 1:5 Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.

Paul says it was from our bondage to sin that we have been freed; it was sin that held us in slavery.

According to Romans 6:16 above, the Apostle Paul claims there are only two types of slaves on earth. The first is the one who serves the Creator, God Almighty, and is a slave of obedience which leads to righteousness. The second is the one who is a slave to sin, which leads to death.

Paul clearly states, we were slaves of sin with sin having dominion over us. We were subject to the power of the Law to condemn us, separated from God (again, please see ‘Subject to the Power of the Law’). However, because of the redeeming blood of the Messiah, IF we have confessed our sins AND repented then we are subject to the power of the grace of God. Then, we have reconciliation and the opportunity of serving Him without that condemnation.

What did Paul say in verse 22 above; we “have been set free from sin”; he did not say Law.

Romans 7:7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means!

We have been, and still are being taught wrong by mainstream theology!

Read Romans 6:22 again, out loud.

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin AND have become slaves of God

We are no longer under the dominion, captivity, bondage of our sin’. We also are no longer condemned for those sins. We are now pardoned, and in Messiah we are set free from the dominion of sin in our lives! Hallelu-Yah!

However, we are not free to continue in that sin, as Paul repeatedly reminds us ~

Romans 6:1-2 1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

Should we continue in the sin that created the need for Jesus to die? Should we go back and continue in that sin, now that we have been freed from the bondage of that sin? The Apostle Paul just said no way’!

In context, the two verses right before Romans 6:1-2 is as follows ~

Romans 5:20-21 20Now, the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul says the law came in to “increase/augment” sin, to show us and define for us what sin is, and to show how terrible it is. When Jesus died on the cross, bearing the sins of the world, “sinning” was breaking the law of God given through Moses. That is “the sinning” that Paul rhetorically asks in Romans 6:1 “shall we continue in sin?” Paul says that we should not continue in the sin he just mentioned two verses earlier in 5:20. He states we should not continue in the trespass/sin “increased/augmented” by the law.

The word “continue” in the Greek is G1961 ἐπιμένωμεν/ epimenōmen which Thayer’s Greek lexicon states to mean: ‘to persevere’, ‘continue’; with the dative of the thing continued in.

By using the word epimenomen Paul is stating that the sin of Romans 5:20 (breaking the law of God given through Moses) is the exact sin that we are not to continue in. This is basic grammar, as well as, continuity of context.

Think logically, not emotionally.

The Sin that the law of Moses “increased/augmented” from Romans 5:20, is the Sin we are “not to continue in” from Romans 6:1; Period. Therefore, Paul is unequivocally instructing us to not continue breaking the law of God given through Moses; which he defined as sinning in Romans 5:20.

How does Paul know what sin is?

What does the text say?

Romans 3:19 for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 7:7 I would not have known sin except through the law.

  • 1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

The ‘sins’ that Jesus bore for everyone on the cross did not and have not changed. Jesus did not die carrying ‘Mosaic-Law-sins’ for King David and ‘non-Mosaic-Law-sins’ (as if that was a real thing) for me. That is completely un-Scriptural and illogical. There is not one Scripture that changes God’s definition of sin. The fallacy of “ceremonial-Laws” and “moral-Laws” is man-made-dogma, and those “terms” are found nowhere in any verse, anywhere in the Scriptures. The sins that they/we were in bondage to, are the same sins that have always been; the sins defined by God’s Instructions/Laws that He gave through Moses.

If we have been set free from the dominion of sin, what does Paul say that we should do now?

Romans 6:18-19,22 18And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.… 22But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

Here in verses 18, 19 and 22 we have Paul telling us that we are to be righteous which leads to our holiness/sanctification, that is, our being set apart as God’s people. Do you see how he contrasts ‘righteousness’ with ‘lawlessness’, as well as, ‘slavery-to-sin’ with ‘slavery-to-righteousness’? Righteousness is the opposite of lawlessness, therefore righteousness is equal to being lawful!

Think logically, not emotionally.

If we are ‘slaves-to-righteousness’, we are obedient to the Law of God. As bond-servants of God, we show our allegiance and faithfulness by obeying His instructions, right rulings and just decrees. It has nothing to do with trying to be “justified”, but everything to do with us ‘presenting ourselves’ to God as slaves to righteousness; at least according to the Apostle Paul.

In verse 19 above, the word present in the Greek G3936 is παραστήσατε/ parastēsate and is an Accusative Verb that Thayer’s Greek Lexicon states to mean: ‘to present or show’, with an accusative of the quality which the person or thing exhibits.

Now that we have been set free from our slavery to sin (which is lawlessness), Paul commands us to ‘exhibit ourselves’, to present ourselves obedient slaves to righteousness (lawfulness). This is an ‘action of demonstration’ that Paul is telling us that we must do “if” we are in Christ; not for justification but for righteousness (please read “Justification vs. Righteousness” to learn the difference between the two).

This ‘demonstration of righteousness‘, Paul calls it our ‘fruit’ (of righteousness) and he says it leads to our sanctification/holiness, which in turn leads to our eternal life, Romans 6:22 above.

Paul is consistently taken out of context, misquoted and misinterpreted regarding this topic of “bondage”, “captivity” and “slavery”. We have been misled and/or misinformed for a very long time. Paul never said that we were set free from the Law of God given through Moses. Paul never maligns or denigrates the Law of Moses.

In fact, Paul is quite proud of and devoted to the Law ~

What does the text say?

Romans 2:20 having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— (see ‘What is Truth?‘)

Romans 2:23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law.

Romans 3:31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (see ‘Paul Commands Us to Uphold the Law‘)

Romans 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

Romans 7:25 So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind

Romans 8:7-9 7For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.

There’s only ever been, or ever will be, “one” Law of God. God is the same yesterday, today and forever; please read ‘Forever Means Forever‘ and watchExamining the Scriptures on YouTube.

Paul is adamantly Pro-Law in all of those verses. Paul never shows any disdain for the Law. He never profanes the Law.

The much-heralded watch words of today’s mainstream theology, such as “legalism”, “moral-law” and “ceremonial-law” aren’t in the Bible ever, much less in Paul’s writings.

Let’s look at Paul’s understanding of righteousness?

Romans 2:13 for not the hearers of the law are righteous before God, but the doers of the law shall be declared righteous.

Romans 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

As the most eminent scholar of his day, where would Paul this?

Deuteronomy 6:25 And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.

Isaiah 51:7 “Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law.

Again, please see “Justification vs. Righteousness”.

Paul not only tells us to be righteous, but he also demands that we are not to return to the bondage and slavery of our sin ~

Galatians 4:3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world

Galatians 4:8-9 8Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?…

Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Please read ‘Freedom or Bondage‘)

Ephesians 2:1-2 1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

  • Titus 2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

  • Psalm 130:7-8 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

  • Hosea 13:14 I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

Next, let’s take the time to read Paul in context, in order to dispel the myth that the ‘Law of God’ is the same as the ‘law of sin and death’, as so many teach today.

Paul himself fought against ‘the flesh’ in order to try and keep from sinning. He called it another law“, different from the Law of God that he actually delighted in! These are 2 completely different “laws” that Paul himself explains if we read the verses ‘in context’.

In same sentence that Paul tells us that he “delights” in the Law of God given through Moses, he calls the ‘law of sin’ “another law“; proving they are not the same thing.

What does the text say?

Romans 7:22-23,25 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members25So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

The “Law” that Paul mentions throughout ‘Romans’ (and all of his letters), as coming from God Almighty has only, ever been the ‘Law of Moses’. The ‘law of sin and death’ is a completely different law that Paul is introducing in this commentary for the first time in order to show us that it is our ‘obedience to sin that leads to our death’.

What about Paul’s contemporary, the head of the Jerusalem Council and brother of our Messiah; what does he have to say on this subject?

James 1:14-15 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin , and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Let’s take a quick step back to see what Paul said about the Law of God given through Moses, and it’s requirements?

What does the text say?

Romans 2:14-15 14For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts

Paul states that those who do “what the law requiresshow/present/prove that the law is written on their hearts. This is a direct quote from Jeremiah and the prophecy about the “new” covenant ~

  • Jeremiah 31:31,33 31“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the “house of Israel” and the “house of Judah”… 33For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

A real Jew is one in his heart, by the Spirit ~

Romans 2:29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Paul then tells us that the law is not sin, but that it defines what sin is. Paul informs us in the Future Tense that the Law tells us how we are to know what sin is… again, in the Greek this in Paul’s Future Tense! ~

Romans 7:7a What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin.

Then Paul claims the Law of God is Holy, Righteous and Good. Pretty self-explanatory ~

Romans 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

The law can never be unholy or unrighteous or bad, or Paul would be a liar and a hypocrite.

The law of God is Spiritual says Paul, meaning divinely inspired, emanating from the Divine Spirit (as per Thayer’s Greek Lexicon) ~

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is G4152spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.

The ‘Law being Spiritual’ does not mean that the Law of Moses was somehow transformed into some esoteric apparition that’s magically endowed upon us. In this sentence, Paul is comparing the Law to the Flesh‘. One is Godly, one is Carnal; one is Divinely-Inspired and one is sold-under-sin.

The Greek for ‘spiritual’ that Paul used is G4152 πνευματικός/pneumatikos, which Thayer’s Greek Lexicon states as: divinely inspired, and so redolent (reminiscent) of the Holy Spirit; emanating from the Divine Spirit, or exhibiting its effects and so its character.

The Law being “Spiritual” is not something new to the ‘New’ Testament, as mainstream theology teaches. Paul is just explaining the difference between the Law of God and the carnal flesh; that they are at enmity with each other.

Paul also states he delights in the Law of God with his inner-being, his inward man; and he serves the Law of God with his mind ~

Romans 7:22,25 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being… 25So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind

Next we see the of ‘law of sin’ contrasted to the ‘Law of God’ that Paul delights in and serves ~

Romans 7:13 Did that which is good [the Law of God v.12], then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin

It is ‘sin’ that brought death, not the Law, so says the Apostle Paul. The Law gives us the definition of sin and shows how bad it really is (Romans 5:20 above), and through this definition it can condemn us. The two verses prior to Romans 7:13 reveal this ~

Romans 7:11-12 11For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

According to Paul, sin which is defined by the commandment, seized him. Sins dominion over him, killed him. ‘Sin leads to death’; THAT FACT is thelaw of sin and death. ‘Sin leads to death’, that is “a law” unto itself. Period.

Paul states that his flesh is sold under sin and that he often does what he does not want to do ~

Romans 7:15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Here it is again, the second different law…

Romans 7:21-23 21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Did you catch that? Paul professes that he delights in the Law of God with his inner-being, but another law lies close at hand in his members “waging war with the Law of God” in his mind. That other law, the one that’s at war with the Law of God, Paul calls that “the law of sin”. These two laws are not the same law, at least according to the Apostle Paul.

What Law does Paul serve with his inner-being and his mind?

What different law does his flesh serve?

What does the text say?

Romans 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Two different laws, one good and one evil. One sentence later Paul reiterates that one ‘good’ law leads to life and the other ‘evil’ law leads to death.

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

  • Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death

The ‘law of sin and death’ is not the ‘Law of God’ as so many tragically teach.

Paul then deliberately reminds these Roman believers (and us) that those who live by the flesh and thereby obey the ‘law of the sin and death’, those people are hostile to God ‘because’ they do not submit to the Law of God. Paul blatantly states in his Present Tense that those who do not submit to the Law of God cannot please God. ~

What does the text say in the Present Tense in the Greek?

Romans 8:7-8 7For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Those that live in the flesh, in sin, are hostile to God ‘because’ that person does not submit to God’s Law. That person, the one that does not submit to the Law of God, cannot please God! So says Paul…

Final Thought: We have been freed from our slavery to sin; we’ve been “saved” from our bondage to sin which leads to death. We are no longer under sins dominion, separated from God. Now we all have to choose; either submit to God’s Law or go back to your slavery to sin. Choose this day whom you will serve…

  • For further study of Paul’s teachings, as well as the original Greek, please see the blog posts at the bottom of this page. Be a Berean, and test Paul’s doctrines to the “Scriptures”. Please share this study. Thank you for your time!
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7 thoughts on “Freed from the law of Sin and Death

    1. Hyper-Grace essentially teaches the following points, all of which are unscriptural:

      1. All past, present, and future sins of the believer have already been forgiven.
      2. God doesn’t convict believers of sin.
      3. Believers don’t need to repent when they knowingly sin.
      4. It’s wrong to address sin in the life of a believer because it makes them “sin conscience.”

      These are all false doctrines that contradict every teaching of the apostle Paul, not to mention his Master Jesus.

      The man-made dogma of “Hyper-grace” is designed to deceive the masses into believing that their “okay” with God no matter what they do, in order to lure the masses back time and time again for their “no-responsibility-feel-good-fix”.

      There are scores and scores of Scriptures that destroy this false doctrine that “hyper-grace” somehow negates our need to worry about sin and repentance; here are just a few:

      John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

      Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!

      Romans 6:16 you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness

      1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived

      Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

      May God bless your time in His Word

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