Re: DIKAIOW in Rom 6:7

From: Chris A Vlachos (
Date: Thu Feb 11 1999 - 00:35:04 EST

Mark -

        I agree with you. There is no valid reason to translate
DIKAIOW in Rom 6:7 by the term "freed". Unfortunately, the
translators perhaps translated according to what they misperceived to be
Paul's argument in chapter 6.

        You might want to take a peek at John Stott's excellent
exposition of this passage (and chapter six as a whole). See also
Robert Haldane argument in favor of "justify" in Rom 6:7.

        The forensic sense needs to be retained or else the logic of the
passage is lost. Freedom from the law (i.e. justification) is the
dynamo that unleashes the power of sanctification (see Rom 6:14).
Notice how Paul elaborates on this in Rom 7:1-6. .

Chris Alex Vlachos
Prof. of NT Greek
Salt Lake Seminary

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