In Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, chapter 6 is such good news! Paul’s logic is that, since we have judicially died with Christ, we should exercise the confidence that we are also dead (or no longer obligated) to sin and temptation. It no longer has obligatory control over us. We now have a choice – to choose right or wrong. It makes no sense to offer ourselves back to our old master.
He caused us so much harm and loss when we were under his dictatorship. It is crazy to continue doing that! I now have the choice to obey my New Master, my Creator, who knows what is best for me and always leads me in ways that are good and beneficial to me and productive for His kingdom.
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. Romans 8:12-13 NLT