Romans 6:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 6:14, NIV: "For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace."

Romans 6:14, ESV: "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace."

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

Romans 6:14, NASB: "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the Law but under grace."

Romans 6:14, NLT: "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace."

Romans 6:14, CSB: "For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace."

What does Romans 6:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The context of this passage is the spiritual condition of those who are saved. Paul's remarks here are about those who have expressed saving faith in Christ, not to the entire human race (Romans 5:1). Paul concludes his commands to not allow sin to tell us what to do. He again reminds the reader that sin has no authority in our lives any longer. Those without Christ, standing on their own merits apart from God, are compelled to sin. As we once were, they are slaves to sin. Because Christ rescued us, that's not who we are any more. Sin is not the boss of us.

Now Paul adds a surprising thought. We are not under sin's authority because we are not under the law. In some sense, being under the law revealed how powerless we were against our own desires to sin. Instead, Paul writes, we are under grace. Because of God's grace, we are no longer compelled to sin.