Romans 6 discusses mans sin nature. In the first 11 verses of Paul’s letter to the Romans I hope you can sense the PASSION in Paul’s writing. Paul is passionately praising the work of Christ over the power the sin in his life.
I fear, if we read Romans 6 intellectually, we lose the power of the cross for us. Paul is spewing forth his passionate love for the gospel and Gods mercy and grace for sinners. If we read this scripture intellectually and theologically we will lose the power of the Gospel in overcoming sin.
Mans sin addiction can not be overcome without replacing our “sin idols” with a greater power and passion. That passion and power can only come from staring at the power of Gods mercy and grace shown to a sinful man through what Jesus did on the cross.
If we read Romans 6 as an intellectual and theological argument then satan will win everytime.
If we do that then Romans 6:12 finally becomes possible:
Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts.
Then Romans 6 goes on to say:
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Rom 6:22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.