Therefore, we have peace with God
1Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness,#Or faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. 3But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 5This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6While we were still weak, at the right moment, Christ died for ungodly people. 7It isn’t often that someone will die for a righteous person, though maybe someone might dare to die for a good person. 8But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us. 9So, now that we have been made righteous by his blood, we can be even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. 10If we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son while we were still enemies, now that we have been reconciled, how much more certain is it that we will be saved by his life? 11And not only that: we even take pride in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, the one through whom we now have a restored relationship with God.
Grace now rules
12Just as through one human being sin came into the world, and death came through sin, so death has come to everyone, since everyone has sinned. 13Although sin was in the world, since there was no Law, it wasn’t taken into account until the Law came. 14But death ruled from Adam until Moses, even over those who didn’t sin in the same way Adam did—Adam was a type of the one who was coming.
15But the free gift of Christ isn’t like Adam’s failure. If many people died through what one person did wrong, God’s grace is multiplied even more for many people with the gift—of the one person Jesus Christ—that comes through grace. 16The gift isn’t like the consequences of one person’s sin. The judgment that came from one person’s sin led to punishment, but the free gift that came out of many failures led to the verdict of acquittal. 17If death ruled because of one person’s failure, those who receive the multiplied grace and the gift of righteousness will even more certainly rule in life through the one person Jesus Christ.
18So now the righteous requirements necessary for life are met for everyone through the righteous act of one person, just as judgment fell on everyone through the failure of one person. 19Many people were made righteous through the obedience of one person, just as many people were made sinners through the disobedience of one person. 20The Law stepped in to amplify the failure, but where sin increased, grace multiplied even more. 21The result is that grace will rule through God’s righteousness, leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, just as sin ruled in death.