Romans 6:18

18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:18 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
English Standard Version (ESV)
18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
The Message Bible (MSG)
18 one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!
American Standard Version (ASV)
18 and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
18 Freed from sin, you were made slaves who do what God approves of.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
18 You have been set free from sin. You have become slaves to right living.

Romans 6:18 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 6:18

Being then made free from sin
Not from a sinful nature; nor from a corrupt heart; nor from vain thoughts; nor from sinful words; nor from sinful actions altogether; but from the damning power of sin: sin brought all men under a sentence of condemnation; Christ has bore the execution of this sentence in himself for his people; hence, as considered in him, they are free from it; and such as are born again have passed from death to life, and shall never enter into condemnation: likewise, such persons are free from the guilt of sin; men are in a legal sense arraigned for sin, accused of it, and being convicted, are pronounced guilty before God; and awakened souls have a sense of it in themselves; but the blood of Christ sprinkled on their consciences frees them from it; though fresh sins committed bring fresh guilt, which requires the continual application of the blood of Jesus for pardon and cleansing: but what is chiefly designed here is freedom from the servitude of sin, as appears from the context. Now God's elect are not released voluntarily by their former masters; nor is their freedom obtained by their own power and will; but it is of God, Father, Son, and Spirit; and the Gospel is generally the means of it, and happy are those persons who are blessed with it! They are rid of a bad master; are freed from the worst of bondage; will be no more servants, as before; are delivered from the power, and out of the kingdom of darkness; are heirs of heaven, and shall enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God: and for the time present are

become the servants of righteousness;
servants to God, whose Gospel they obey; servants to Christ, whose righteousness they submit to; and servants to the law of righteousness, as held forth by Christ; they give up themselves to a course and life of righteousness, in which there are true honour, peace, and pleasure.

Romans 6:18 In-Context

16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.
18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S ver 2; ver 7,22; Romans 8:2; 1 Peter 4:1; S ver 16
  • 2. S ver 22
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