We Are Free From Sin Not Free To Sin - Romans 6:14 (KJV)

We Are Free From Sin Not Free To Sin

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 (KJV)

Sin can't dominate us when we are under grace. If we are being dominated by sin, it's because we are under the Law. And this verse makes it very clear that a true believer is not under the Law.

The "old man" (Romans 6:2) is dead and gone. Romans 6:6 says  “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” It is these lingering effects of the "old man," or sin, to which Paul was referring.

Paul made a very clear statement that the reason this sin shall not have dominion over us is because we are not under Law (Romans 3:19), but under grace (Romans 1:5). Understanding our freedom from the OT Law is a prerequisite to breaking the dominion of sin in our lives.

The reason this is so is because the Law strengthened sin by producing guilt that condemned us and killed us. The Law also brought the wrath of God against our sins (Romans 4:15). However, once we accept the atonement of Christ for our sins, we no longer need to fear the wrath of God; that was placed on Jesus. We have come to Christ for salvation (Galatians 3:24-25).

Knowing this frees us from sin; it doesn't free us to sin. As Christians, all of us continue to sin to some degree, not because we have to, but because we are still in the process of renewing our minds (Romans 6:12).

However, when we aren't condemned and feeling separated from God because of our sins, we are free to run to God for help instead of away from God in fear. Therefore, understanding God's grace and our freedom from the Law is the key to breaking the dominance of sin in our lives.