Results of Justification
1Therefore, having been justified by faith, #Two early mss let’s havewe have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we also have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and #Lit we boast; or let’swe celebrate in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only this, but #Lit we also boast; or let’s also boastwe also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will hardly die for a righteous person; #Lit forthough perhaps for the good person someone would even dare to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified #Or inby His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved #Or inby His life. 11And not only this, but #Lit also boastingwe also celebrate in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all mankind, because all sinned— 13for #Or until lawuntil the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not #Lit credited tocounted against anyone when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the #I.e., of God’s commandviolation committed by Adam, who is a #Or foreshadowingtype of Him who was to come.
15But #Lit not as the offense, so also is the gracious giftthe gracious gift is not like the offense. For if by the offense of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many. 16The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one offense, #Lit to condemnationresulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the gracious gift arose from many offenses, #Lit to an act of righteousnessresulting in justification. 17For if by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
18So then, as through one offense #Lit to condemnationthe result was condemnation to all mankind, so also through one act of righteousness #Lit to justificationthe result was justification of life to all mankind. 19For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20#Or lawThe Law came in so that the offense would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21so that, as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.