For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NLT)
Look how often Paul uses ‘we’ — “we have died to sin,” (v.2), “when we became Christians,” (v.3), “we died and were buried with Christ by baptism” (v.4), “We are no longer slaves to sin” (v.6), ”we were set free from the power of sin” (v.7), etc.
Paul is telling us that, whereas we used to live as slaves to sin — doing things that lead to death and of which we are now ashamed — we have been set free from the power of sin by the death of Christ. By the power of his resurrection, we are now free to live for the glory of God — slaves to his righteousness and justice!
The believer must, however, must consider himself dead to sin and choose to obey God, giving his whole body and entire being as an instrument for God’s dikaiosune in the world. Verse 16 is plain: We can choose to obey sin, which leads to death, or we can choose to obey God and receive his approval. Sin pays a wage to its slaves — death — but God gives a free gift to his: new life, abundant life — full, free, and forever!
Since Jesus died so we could be set free from slavery to sin, let us consider ourselves dead to sin; since he was raised from the dead, let us consider ourselves able to live for the glory of God. (v.11) Let us choose to obey with all our hearts the new teaching God has given us. (v.17) Let us choose to do the things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. (v.22)
Like our Risen Lord, let us choose to live for God’s glory alone!