perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope1 does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love2 into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,3 whom he has given us.
You see, at just the right time,4 when we were still powerless,5 Christ died for the ungodly.67
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.79
Since we have now been justified8 by his blood,9 how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath10 through him!
For if, when we were God's enemies,11 we were reconciled12 to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!1311
Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.14
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man,15 and death through sin,16 and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned17--
for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.1814
Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam,19 who was a pattern of the one to come.20