What shall we say, then?1 Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?22
By no means! We are those who have died to sin;3 how can we live in it any longer?
Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized4 into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death5 in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead6 through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.75
If we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.86
For we know that our old self9 was crucified with him10 so that the body ruled by sin11 might be done away with,a that we should no longer be slaves to sin12--
because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.138
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.149
For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead,15 he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.1610
The death he died, he died to sin17 once for all;18 but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin19 but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Therefore do not let sin reign20 in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,21 but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.2214
For sin shall no longer be your master,23 because you are not under the law,24 but under grace.25
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?26 By no means!
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey27--whether you are slaves to sin,28 which leads to death,29 or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God30 that, though you used to be slaves to sin,31 you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching32 that has now claimed your allegiance.
You have been set free from sin33 and have become slaves to righteousness.3419
I am using an example from everyday life35 because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness36 leading to holiness.
When you were slaves to sin,37 you were free from the control of righteousness.3821
What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of ? Those things result in death!3922
But now that you have been set free from sin40 and have become slaves of God,41 the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.4223
For the wages of sin is death,43 but the gift of God is eternal life44 inb Christ Jesus our Lord.