Sin is Not Your Master
Romans 6:11–14 (NIV): 11 In the same way*, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
*Note, the bold words identify that to take these verses in context is to read what is before it.
The point is found at the end of chapter 5:
Romans 5:18–6:2 (NIV): 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
“Slaves to Righteousness?”
Old Life in Sin versus New Life Forgiving
Law Versus Grace
Without any help versus Getting help from the Helper
Your will versus God’s Will
The master of your own sin versus the Spirit being the Master of your Life