Dead To Sin, Alive In Christ
What shall we say, then?
Shall we go on Sinning so that Grace may increase?
2 BY NO MEANS!
WE DIED TO SIN;
HOW CAN WE LIVE IN IT ANY LONGER?
3 Or don't you know
That all of us who were Baptized into Christ Jesus
Were Baptized into his death?
4 We were therefore Buried with Him through Baptism
In order that, just as Christ was Raised from the Dead
Through the Glory of the Father,
WE TOO MAY HAVE NEW LIFE.
5 IF WE HAVE BEEN UNITED WITH HIM IN HIS DEATH,
WE WILL CERTAINLY BE UNITED WITH HIM
IN HIS RESURRECTION.
6 FOR WE KNOW THAT OUR OLD SELF
WAS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM
SO THAT THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE RENDERED POWERLESS,
THAT WE SHOULD NO LONGER BE SLAVES TO SIN--
7 BECAUSE ANYONE WHO HAS DIED
HAS BEEN FREED FROM SIN.
8 NOW IF WE DIED WITH CHRIST,
WE BELIEVE THAT WE WILL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM.
9 For we know that since Christ was Raised from the dead,
He cannot Die again;
Death no longer has Mastery over Him.
10 THE DEATH HE DIED,
HE DIED TO SIN ONCE FOR ALL;
BUT THE LIFE HE LIVES,
HE LIVES TO GOD.
11 IN THE SAME WAY,
COUNT YOURSELVES DEAD TO SIN
BUT ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
12 Therefore do not let Sin Reign in your Mortal body
So that you Obey its Evil Desires.
13 DO NOT OFFER THE PARTS OF YOUR BODY TO SIN,
AS INSTRUMENTS OF WICKEDNESS,
BUT RATHER OFFER YOURSELVES TO GOD,
AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FROM DEATH TO LIFE;
AND OFFER THE PARTS OF YOUR BODY TO HIM
AS INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
FOR SIN SHALL NOT BE YOUR MASTER,
BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW,
BUT UNDER GRACE.
Slave To Righteousness
15 What then?
Shall we Sin because we are not Under Law
But Under Grace?
BY NO MEANS!
16 Don't you know
That when you offer yourselves to someone
To Obey him as Slaves,
YOU ARE SLAVES TO THE ONE YOU OBEY--
Whether you are Slaves to Sin,
Which leads to Death,
Or to Obedience,
Which leads to Righteousness?
17 But thanks be to God
That, though you used to be Slaves to Sin,
You Wholeheartedly Obeyed the Form of Teaching
To which you were Entrusted.
18 YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN
AND HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
19 I put this in human terms
Because you are weak in your Natural selves.
Just as you used to Offer the parts of your body
IN SLAVERY TO IMPURITY
AND TO EVER INCREASING WICKEDNESS,
So now Offer them in Slavery to Righteousness
Leading to Holiness.
20 When you were Slaves to Sin,
You were Free from the Control of Righteousness.
21 WHAT BENEFIT DID YOU REAP AT THAT TIME
FROM THE THINGS YOU ARE NOW ASHAMED OF?
THOSE THINGS RESULT IN DEATH!
22 BUT NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN
AND HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO GOD,
THE BENEFIT YOU REAP LEADS TO HOLINESS,
AND THE RESULT IS ETERNAL LIFE.
21 FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH,
BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE
IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.