“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:12-14
We are not to let sin reign or have control over our bodies. We are reminded that our bodies are mortal. In other words, our bodies will one day die.
We are not to obey sin or yield to its desires. Nor are we to allow our bodies to be used as instruments or tools of unrighteousness which results in sin or a sinful lifestyle.
Instead, we are to yield to God because in Christ we have been raised to new life and are therefore to be separated unto Him. Yielding means that we give God the right of way. We yield to His commands and to His desires for our lives. Our instruments which are our eyes, hands, feet, ears, mouths, etc., are to be used in service to Him.
As we yield to God, we are no longer under the dominion or control of sin. When we were under the law, we had no desire or ability to abstain from sin.
However, after we have been saved by Jesus Christ, we are set free from the control of sin and are able to live righteously because of the grace given to us by God. Because of that grace bestowed to us, we have the power to abstain from sin.
Therefore, sin shall not have dominion over us because we have experienced the power of God’s grace working in our lives.
This is the liberty that only the saved in Christ can experience.