F. W. Farrar, Family Churchman, March 31st, 1886. What, then, is the best method of upholding the predominance of the good principle over the evil one? 2. To reign signifies to exercise uncontrolled authority. Paul undoubtedly was giving a general prohibition, not implying that the Roman Christians in particular were letting sin reign over them (cf. By breaking the power of sin (verse 12). It may encourage to be violent in the conflict; ere long we shall be victorious in the conquest. Griesbach has left it out of his text; and Professor White says, Certissime delenda: "These words should certainly he expunged" they are not necessary to the apostle's argument; it was enough to say, Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies, that ye should obey it. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "Commentary on Romans 6:12". To show the vanity and transitoriness of the delights and pleasures of sin, which do gratify a mortal body, which after all its pamperings, must perish. Because we--, II. Yet this is the self-deception into which men constantly fall. In your mortal body; let not the mind be enslaved to, or polluted by the bodily propensities, appetites, or passions. 1909-1922. Luke 16:8-9. ὅπλα in the N.T. Consequently receive dominion over sin. II. ‘It is no matter of comparison between reigning and indwelling merely, out between reigning and being deposed’ (Alford). "Commentary on Romans 6:12". 1, p. 158. ἑαυτούς] yourselves, your own persons, and specially also your members, etc. Many of our sinful inclinations have their seat in the body, and such evil inclinations as are of a more spiritual nature, are always some way more or less turned toward the body. A dishonourable reign. It is necessary that we should enjoy his favor, in order to exercise towards him right affections. Romans 6:12. The connection with Romans 6:11 suggests that this ‘mortal body’ is under the power of sin; but it is the mortality of the body that is emphasized, in contrast with the life we have in fellowship with Christ who dieth no more (Romans 6:9); hence, to allow sin to reign there is contrary to living ‘unto God in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 6:11). Mr. Locke observes, that the preposition εν, in the Apostle's writings, often signifies by; and as here, as well as in the following chapter, Romans 7:18; Romans 7:24 and elsewhere, he places the root of sin in the body, the sense seems to be, "Let not sin reign over you, by the lusts of your mortal body." Romans 6:12-23. Romans 6:12 - Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, on StudyLight.org You are going to win a few battles, but I am going to win the war." 12.] That which I have adopted is supported by the primary MSS. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". Unless they possessed that conviction, the motive on which he here rests his exhortation would be inapplicable. References: Romans 6:13.—Good Words, vol. He says the word mortal is used, "per conemptum, ut doceat totam hominis naturam ad mortem et exitium inclinare." Knapp, Lachmann, and other editors, adopt the simpler and better authenticated reading, εἰς τὸ ὑπακούειν ταῖς ἐπιθυμίαις αὐτοῦ, to obey its lusts, i.e., the lusts of the body. "The Bible Study New Testament". To the same purpose is the declaration of Christ, “What is born of the flesh is flesh.” (John 3:6.) Romans 8:10.— αὐτῃ ἐν) This savours somewhat of a paraphrase. We cannot obtain such a victory as that we shall never feel the motions of the flesh, but we may obtain such a victory as that we shall not walk after the flesh. As in its future glorified state it is to live entirely to God, and to be without sin, so it follows that, even in its present mortal state, sin should not have it in subjection. "Commentary on Romans 6:12". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/romans-6.html. Sin dwelling in but not reigning over the believer. Sin is the tyrant, under which fight the wicked, and make their minds and their members the instruments, or arms of iniquity to sin, when they follow and yield to their disorderly lusts. al(1444)). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/romans-6.html. It is not possible by our own unaided strength, but Christ died that it might be more than possible to all that trust in Him. With this nothing sinful is admitted (comp Chrysostom); but on the contrary the influence of the (personified) sin, conquering the moral ego, is entirely forbidden,(1437) as the whole connection teaches. 1700-1703. Certainly, the very existence of an evil thought to which passion or appetite attaches itself, is a proof that there sin has dominion; for without dominion such passions could not be excited. That sin is a great and mighty king, which has a regal power over the enslaved sinner.