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Romans 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
2 I should hope not! If we've left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3 Or didn't you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace - a new life in a new land! 3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we're going in our new grace-sovereign country. 5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
6 Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life - no longer at sin's every beck and call! What we believe is this: 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--
7 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8 If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
9 We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
10 When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don't give it the time of day. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13 Don't even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time - remember, you've been raised from the dead! - into God's way of doing things. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
14 Sin can't tell you how to live. After all, you're not living under that old tyranny any longer. You're living in the freedom of God. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
15 So, since we're out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we're free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
16 Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it's your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you've let sin tell you what to do. 16 Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
17 But thank God you've started listening to a new master, 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.
18 one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom! 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I'm using this freedom language because it's easy to picture. You can readily recall, can't you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing - not caring about others, not caring about God - the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God's freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness? 19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.
20 As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn't have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.
21 But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you're proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of ? Those things result in death!
22 But now that you've found you don't have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
23 Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God's gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.