-The contrast between death to sin and life in Christ is expounded upon by Paul in this classic section that begins to develop what the Christian life is all about for the believer. First, we should note that there is a setting free from sin that occurs, not based on the Law, but on grace working through faith. This is so that righteous may abound in the believer’s life, not sin, corruption, and licentiousness. Paul says a couple of times, “May this never be (Ma genoita)!” to display an emphatic negation of unrighteous living in the Christian once separated from the world and it desires through faith in the salvation which comes through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:2, 15). The deals is this: We have been crucified in our old selves when we trusted in the Savior and took on His death to sin. It no longer reigns in our mortal beings because if we died to sin, we now live in and to Christ Jesus with His resurrection power that dominates and controls our new lives in Him! Sin no longer has dominion as we escape the corruption which the Law pronounces upon us through His grace (Romans 6:14)! This is done in obedience to our benevolent and loving God who we are now slaves to in righteousness (Romans 6:18, 22). This leads progressively to our sanctification (being set apart and growing) for “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).” *Application* You will be a slave no matter what the Bible says (Romans 6:17-18). It is better to give yourself over to the Master who can save you and set you free from the bondage and ownership of sin in your life. Sin will seem fun for a season, but its end is death and destruction and will take you down a terrible road ultimately. Trust Christ for redemption and reconciliation, which sets you free from Satan’s dominion over you. Your new life is dominated by good and His plan, which is to prosper you and cause you no harm with purpose, life, a future, and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). You can’t beat that!