Quick Study: Romans 6:6b

[Rom 6:6b NASB] 6b in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

The genitive phrase "of sin" (τῆς ἁμαρτίας) in this passage, possessed by "our body" is often translated "sinful." For example, the RSV says, "We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed..."

However, the term sinful carries with it many complex claims; e.g., full of or guilty of sin from birth. This idea originates from Psalm 51:5 "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me." But this passage does not communicate imputed guilt from birth. It may communicate nature, i.e. sinner or prone to sin, but not guilt. What I mean is that we are not guilty of Adams sin, we are prone to and guilty of our own sin.

This is why many scholars translate the phrase "of sin" as "prone to sin." Which would then read something like this, "in order that our body which is prone to sin might be done away with."

You see it's not imputed guilt from Adam that we possess, but rather an imputed nature; one that is prone to sin. This is why Romans 5:12 says, "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned." Notice it is death which spread to all men, not guilt.

But in case you misunderstand me Paul also says, "death spread to all men because all sinned." Make no mistake all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but it is because our flesh is prone to sin. Praise God that our co-crucifixion with Christ does away with that "prone to sin" self!


What sin were you prone to in the past that you have experienced freedom from?

Do you believe that you are no longer slaves to your "prone to sin" nature? If not why?

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