Righteousness of faith has and will always be the way to santification. There is no argument there. We looked at Romans 4:13-15 last time to see just what this meant. Today, we are jumping all the way to ch. 6 to look at not allowing sin to reign in our bodies.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:12-14
Paul tells us not to let sin reign in our bodies. The question that arises is what is sin? Sin is lawlessness. Lawlessness is anomia and the root word of anomia means destitute of the Mosaic law. Yeshua used anomia when He said “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Paul is agreeing with Yeshua in that we should not let sin reign in our bodies. Yeshua paid for our debt from sin, but this does not give us a license to continue sinning.
Believers have been freed from their debt of sin and therefore Paul declares that sin shall not be a master over you. We are no longer under the law, meaning we are no longer under the penalty from disobedience to the Torah. Why? For we have been sanctified through grace. G-d has saved us from our own selves, but we are not free to let sin reign in our bodies. If you are a believer you have been purchased. You now belong to G-d and should be obedient to G-d. Yeshua said if you love me, you will keep My commandments. Just know, His commandments cannot be anything different than G-d’s commandments. For one, He is G-d. Two, He only came speaking what G-d had told Him to speak. Three, if He did direct people to follow a different set of commandments then He would have broken the Torah. For the Torah says not to add or subtract from the commandments (Deut 4:2 & 12:32) and if one should come telling you to follow a different G-d (obeying this other G-d) this is a test and you should only follow the true G-d and keep His commandments (Deut 13:1-4).
There is no new definition for commandments in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament). There is no new definition of sin. Sin is simply transgressing G-d’s commandments. Do not let sin reign in you!
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!