Can I Get Another Witness?
“Dead to sin” in Romans 6:2 means dead to the guilt of sin, the condemning power of sin, and refers exclusively to justification.
The word “justified” in Romans 6:7 should be translated as “justified” and not as “freed”.
So say I and Robert Haldane and… (drum roll, please)….John Stott! (ht: Mark_5)
And Piper agrees with the translation “justified” in verse 7 and insists on the importance of seeing the connection between justification and freedom from slavery to sin. However, he emphasized deliverance from guilt as the key to breaking the bondage, whereas I see that as still too subjective and put the spotlight on union with Christ as the connection between justification and freedom from slavery to sin.