And not only so: we also exult in our sufferings, knowing as we do, that suffering produces fortitude;
fortitude, ripeness of character; and ripeness of character, hope;
and that this hope never disappoints, because God's love for us floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For already, while we were still helpless, Christ at the right moment died for the ungodly.
Why, it is scarcely conceivable that any one would die for a simply just man, although for a good and lovable man perhaps some one, here and there, will have the courage even to lay down his life.
But God gives proof of His love to us in Christ's dying for us while we were still sinners.
If therefore we have now been pronounced free from guilt through His blood, much more shall we be delivered from God's anger through Him.
For if while we were hostile to God we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, it is still more certain that now that we are reconciled, we shall obtain salvation through Christ's life.
And not only so, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now obtained that reconciliation.
What follows? This comparison. Through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin death, and so death passed to all mankind in turn, in that all sinned.
For prior to the Law sin was already in the world; only it is not entered in the account against us when no Law exists.