Formerly Dead to Sin, Now Alive in Christ
1 What therefore shall we say? Shall we continue in sin, in order that grace may increase? 2May it never be! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we may live a new way of life#Literally “in newness of life”. 5For if we have become identified with him in the likeness of his death, certainly also we will be identified with him in the likeness#The elliptical phrase “identified with him in the likeness” has been supplied in the translation for clarity of his resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old man was crucified together with him, in order that the body of sin may be done away with, that we may no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For the one who has died has been freed from sin.
8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, 9knowing that Christ, because he#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“has been raised”) which is understood as causal has been raised from the dead, is going to die no more, death no longer being master over him. 10For that death he died, he died to sin once and never again, but that life he lives, he lives to God. 11So also you, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires, 13and do not present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will not be master over you, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Set Free from Sin
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16Do you not know that to whomever you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whomever you obey, whether sin, leading to death, or obedience, leading to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you were slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19(I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you presented your members as slaves to immorality and lawlessness, leading to lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, leading to sanctification. 20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with respect to righteousness.
21Therefore what sort of fruit did you have then, about which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22But now, having been set free from sin and having been enslaved to God, you have your fruit leading to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. 23For the compensation due sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.