Dead to Sin, Alive to God 1
What shall we say then? 1
Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
By no means! How can 2
we who died to sin still live in it?
Do you not know that all of us 3
who have been baptized 4
into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were 5
buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as 6
Christ was raised from the dead by 7
the glory of the Father, we too might walk in 8
newness of life.
if we have been united with him in 10
a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
We know that 11
our old self12
was crucified with him in order that 13
the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
one who has died 15
has been set free from sin.
if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
We know that 17
Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; 18
death no longer has dominion over him.
For the death he died he died to sin, 19
once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
So you also must consider yourselves 20
dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Let not 21
sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but 23
present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness 15
What then? 26
Are we to sin 27
because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
Do you not know that if you present yourselves 28
to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the 30
standard of teaching to which you were committed,
having been set free from sin, 32
have become slaves of righteousness.
I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For 34
just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members 35
as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things 38
of which you are now ashamed? 39
For the end of those things is death.
But now that you 40
have been set free from sin and 41
have become slaves of God, 42
the fruit you get leads to sanctification and 43
its end, eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.