Romans 6:20 & 21
When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of
righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now
ashamed of? Those things result in death!
Paul is reminding us here that, before we came to faith in Jesus
Christ, we were not under the control of the Holy Spirit (righteousness). Therefore, we
could wallow in sin just as a pig wallows in the mud. He asks a question and we might
put it like this today: "How did that work for you?" Just like the pig, we just got more
dirty and, if we had kept on, we would have died (been separated from God for
everlasting punishment) because of the sin.