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1 So do you think we should continue sinning so that God will give us even more grace? 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
2 No! We died to our old sinful lives, so how can we continue living with sin? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3 Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ when we were baptized? We shared his death in our baptism. 3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 When we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared his death. So, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the wonderful power of the Father, we also can live a new life. 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 Christ died, and we have been joined with him by dying too. So we will also be joined with him by rising from the dead as he did. 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 We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves would have no power over us and we would not be slaves to sin. 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 Anyone who has died is made free from sin's control. 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8 If we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
9 Christ was raised from the dead, and we know that he cannot die again. Death has no power over him now. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
10 Yes, when Christ died, he died to defeat the power of sin one time -- enough for all time. He now has a new life, and his new life is with God. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin and alive with God through Christ Jesus. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 So, do not let sin control your life here on earth so that you do what your sinful self wants to do. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13 Do not offer the parts of your body to serve sin, as things to be used in doing evil. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used in doing good. 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 will not be your master, because you are not under law but under God's grace. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
15 So what should we do? Should we sin because we are under grace and not under law? No! 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
16 Surely you know that when you give yourselves like slaves to obey someone, then you are really slaves of that person. The person you obey is your master. You can follow sin, which brings spiritual death, or you can obey God, which makes you right with him. 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 In the past you were slaves to sin -- sin controlled you. But thank God, you fully obeyed the things that you were taught. 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 You were made free from sin, and now you are slaves to goodness. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I use this example because this is hard for you to understand. In the past you offered the parts of your body to be slaves to sin and evil; you lived only for evil. In the same way now you must give yourselves to be slaves of goodness. Then you will live only for God. 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 In the past you were slaves to sin, and goodness did not control you. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.
21 You did evil things, and now you are ashamed of them. Those things only bring death. 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 you are free from sin and have become slaves of God. This brings you a life that is only for God, and this gives you life forever. 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 When people sin, they earn what sin pays -- death. But God gives us a free gift -- life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.