Peace And Joy
THEREFORE, SINCE WE HAVE BEEN JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH,
WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD
THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
2 THROUGH WHOM WE HAVE GAINED ACCESS BY FAITH
INTO THIS GRACE IN WHICH WE NOW STAND.
And we Rejoice in the Hope of the Glory of God.
3 Not only so,
BUT WE ALSO REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS,
BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE;
4 PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER HOPE
5 AND HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US,
BECAUSE GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS LOVE INTO OUR HEARTS
BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM HE HAS GIVEN US.
6 You see, at just the right time,
When we were still Powerless,
CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY.
7 Very Rarely will anyone die for a Righteous man,
Though for a good man someone might possible dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:
WHILE WERE WERE STILL SINNERS,
CHRIST DIED FOR US.
9 SINCE WE HAVE NOW BEEN JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD,
HOW MUCH MORE SHALL WE BE SAVED FROM GOD'S WRATH
10 FOR IF WHEN WE WERE GOD'S ENEMIES,
WE WERE RECONCILED TO HIM
THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON,
HOW MUCH MORE, HAVING BEEN RECONCILED,
SHALL WE BE SAVED THROUGH HIS LIFE!
11Not only is this so,
But we also Rejoice in God
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Through whom we have now received Reconciliation.
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
12 Therefore, just as Sin entered the World
Through one man,
And Death through Sin,
And in this way Death came to All men,
Because All Sinned--
13 For before the Law was given,
Sin was in the World.
But Sin is not taken into account when there is no Law.
14 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, who was a Pattern of the one to come.
15 But the Gift is not like the Trespass of the one man,
How much more did God's Grace and the Gift
that came by the Grace of the one man,
Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
16 Again, the Gift of God
Is not like the result of the one man's Sin:
THE JUDGMENT FOLLOWED ONE SIN
AND BROUGHT CONDEMNATION,
BUT THE GIFT FOLLOWED MANY TRESPASSES
AND BROUGHT JUSTIFICATION.
17 For if, by the Trespass of the one man,
Death Reigned through that one man,
How much more will those who receive
God's Abundant Provision of Grace
And the gift of Righteousness
Reign in Life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18 CONSEQUENTLY, JUST AS THE RESULT OF ONE TRESPASS
WAS CONDEMNATION FOR ALL MEN,
SO ALSO THE RESULT OF ONE ACT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
WAS JUSTIFICATION THAT BRINGS LIFE
FOR ALL MEN.
For just as through the Disobedience of the one man
The many were made Sinners,
So also through the Obedience of the one man
The many will be made Righteous.
20 THE LAW WAS ADDED THAT THE TRESPASS MIGHT INCREASE.
BUT WHERE SIN INCREASED,
GRACE INCREASED ALL THE MORE,
21 SO THAT, JUST AS SIN REIGNED IN DEATH,
SO ALSO GRACE MIGHT REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS
TO BRING ETERNAL LIFE
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.