For a believer, united to Christ, there is the glorious news of freedom from death in chapter five, yet there is also mention of ‘two other “powers” of the old age’ (cf. Rom 5:12, 13, 20). Chapter seven deals with the law while chapter six wonderfully confronts the realm of sin. It loudly proclaims there is freedom from sin’s dominion because of this transfer from one realm to the other. The transfer from the old man to the new man (6:1-14) and the old master to the new master (6:15-23).
The flow of the passage can easily be seen. Verses fifteen to twenty-three follow on from what has just been previously stated (6:14). After Paul strongly denies his purported question (6:15), he asks a third question employing the concepts of obedience and the dominant picture of slavery (6:16). Using this analogy, he describes their change of master and what that entails (6:17-19) followed by the two slaveries contrasted and a summary statement (6:20-23). Throughout this section Paul continuously offers antithetical statements that push his point home again and again.
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The full question:
Provide an exegetical paper on Romans 6:15-23.
These books are ordered from the most useful to the least used resource in my research. There are a few journal articles and websites at times as well.
Romans – Harvey, John
Romans 1-8 – Dunn, James D. G.
The Epistle to the Romans: A Commentary on the Greek Text – Longenecker, Richard N.
The Epistle to the Romans – Moo, Douglas J.
A Critical and Doctrinal Commentary Upon the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans – Shedd, William G. T.
Romans – Schreiner, Thomas R.
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans and to the Thessalonians – Calvin, Jean
Paul’s Letter to the Romans – Kruse, Colin G.
Romans: A Commentary – Jewett, Robert
The Epistle to the Romans – Murray, John
Romans: An Introduction and Commentary – Bruce, F. F.
Romans 1-7 For You – Keller, Timothy
Romans – Mounce, Robert H.
Paul and Union with Christ – Campbell, Constantine R.
Romans – Edwards, James R.
A Commentary on Romans – Hodge, Charles
A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament – Metzger, Bruce M.
A Translator’s Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans – Newman & Nida
The Message of Romans: God’s Good News for the World – Stott, John R. W.
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans – Cranfield, C. E. B.
Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament: An Essentail Reference Resource for Exegesis – Estes, Douglas
‘From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God’ Bulletin for Biblical Research 23/4 – Goodrich, John K.
A Greek English Lexicon – Liddell et al.
An Idiom Book of New Testament Greek – Moule, Charles Francis Digby
The Gospel as it Really is: Paul’s Epistle to the Romans Simply Explained – Olyott, Stuart
Romans: Dust to Destiny – Seccombe, David Peter
Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament – Wallace, Daniel B.
Paul for Everyone Romans Part 1 – Wright, Nicholas Thomas