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Romans, 5
Peace with God

5:1     For which reason, because we have righteousness through faith, let us be at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ ; 2 Through whom, in the same way, we have been able by faith to come to this grace in which we now are; and let us have joy in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles : in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting ; 4 And waiting gives experience ; and experience, hope: 5 And hope does not put to shame ; because our hearts are full of the love of God through the Holy Spirit which is given to us.

5:6     For when we were still without strength, at the right time Christ gave his life for evil-doers. 7 Now it is hard for anyone to give his life even for an upright man, though it might be that for a good man someone would give his life. 8 But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us. 9 Much more, if we now have righteousness by his blood, will salvation from the wrath of God come to us through him. 10 For if, when we were haters of God, the death of his Son made us at peace with him, much more, now that we are his friends, will we have salvation through his life; 11 And not only so, but we have joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we are now at peace with God.

5:12     For this reason, as through one man sin came into the world, and death because of sin, and so death came to all men, because all have done evil : 13 Because, till the law came, sin was in existence, but sin is not put to the account of anyone when there is no law to be broken. 14 But still death had power from Adam till Moses, even over those who had not done wrong like Adam, who is a picture of him who was to come.

5:15     But the free giving of God is not like the wrongdoing of man. For if, by the wrongdoing of one man death came to numbers of men, much more did the grace of God, and the free giving by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, come to men. 16 And the free giving has not the same effect as the sin of one : for the effect of one man's sin was punishment by the decision of God, but the free giving had power to give righteousness to wrongdoers in great number. 17 For, if by the wrongdoing of one, death was ruling through the one, much more will those to whom has come the wealth of grace and the giving of righteousness, be ruling in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.

5:18     So then, as the effect of one act of wrongdoing was that punishment came on all men, even so the effect of one act of righteousness was righteousness of life for all men. 19 Because, as numbers of men became sinners through the wrongdoing of one man, even so will great numbers get righteousness through the keeping of the word of God by one man. 20 And the law came in addition, to make wrongdoing worse; but where there was much sin, there was much more grace : 21 That, as sin had power in death, so grace might have power through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans, 6
New life in Christ

6:1     What may we say, then ? are we to go on in sin so that there may be more grace ? 2 In no way. How may we, who are dead to sin, be living in it any longer ? 3 Or are you without the knowledge that all we who had baptism into Christ Jesus, had baptism into his death? 4 We have been placed with him among the dead through baptism into death : so that as Christ came again from the dead by the glory of the Father, we, in the same way, might be living in new life.

6:5     For, if we have been made like him in his death, we will, in the same way, be like him in his coming to life again; 6 Being conscious that our old man was put to death on the cross with him, so that the body of sin might be put away, and we might no longer be servants to sin. 7 Because he who is dead is free from sin. 8 But if we are dead with Christ, we have faith that we will be living with him ; 9 Having knowledge that because Christ has come back from the dead, he will never again go down to the dead; death has no more power over him. 10 For his death was a death to sin, but his life now is a life which he is living to God. 11 Even so see yourselves as dead to sin, but living to God in Christ Jesus.

6:12     For this cause do not let sin be ruling in your body which is under the power of death, so that you give way to its desires; 13 And do not give your bodies to sin as the instruments of wrongdoing, but give yourselves to God, as those who are living from the dead, and your bodies as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin may not have rule over you : because you are not under law, but under grace.

6:15     What then ? are we to go on in sin because we are not under law but under grace ? Let it not be so. 16 Are you not conscious that you are the servants of him to whom you give yourselves to do his desire? if to sin, the end being death, or if to do the desire of God, the end being righteousness. 17 But praise be to God that though you were the servants of sin, you have now given yourselves freely to that form of teaching under which you were placed; 18 And being made free from sin you have been made the servants of righteousness. 19 I am using words in the way of men, because your flesh is feeble : a s you gave your bodies as servants to what is unclean, and to evil to do evil, so now give them as servants to righteousness to do what is holy.

6:20     When you were servants of sin you were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had you at that time in the things which are now a shame to you ? for the end of such things is death. 22 But now, being free from sin, and having been made servants to God, you have your fruit in that which is holy, and the end is eternal life. 23 For the reward of sin is death; but what God freely gives is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans, 7
Purpose of the Law.

7:1     Is it not clear, my brothers (I am using an argument to those who have knowledge of the law), that the law has power over a man as long as he is living ? 2 For the woman who has a husband is placed by the law under the power of her husband as long as he is living ; but if her husband is dead, she is free from the law of the husband. 3 So if, while the husband is living, she is joined to another man, she will get the name of one who is untrue to her husband : but if the husband is dead, she is free from the law, so that she is not untrue, even if she takes another man.

7:4     In the same way, my brothers, you were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, even to him who came again from the dead, so that we might give fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the evil passions which came into being through the law were working in our bodies to give the fruit of death. 6 But now we are free from the law, having been made dead to that which had power over us; so that we are servants in the new way of the spirit, not in the old way of the letter.

7:7     What then is to be said ? is the law sin ? in no way. But I would not have had knowledge of sin but for the law : for I would not have been conscious of desire if the law had not said, You may not have a desire for what is another's. 8 But sin, taking its chance through that which was ordered by the law, was working in me every form of desire : because without the law sin is dead. 9 And there was a time when I was living without the law : but when the law gave its orders, sin came to life and put me to death ; 10 And I made the discovery that the law whose purpose was to give life had become a cause of death : 11 For I was tricked and put to death by sin, which took its chance through the law. 12 But the law is holy, and its orders are holy, upright, and good.

7:13     Was then that which is good, death to me ? In no way. But the purpose was that sin might be seen to be sin by working death to me through that which is good ; so that through the orders of the law sin might seem much more evil. 14 For we are conscious that the law is of the spirit; but I am of the flesh, given into the power of sin. 15 And I have no clear knowledge of what I am doing, for that which I have a mind to do, I do not, but what I have hate for, that I do. 16 But, if I do that which I have no mind to do, I am in agreement with the law that the law is good. 17 So it is no longer I who do it, but the sin living in me. 18 For I am conscious that in me, that is, in my flesh, there is nothing good : I have the mind but not the power to do what is right. 19 For the good which I have a mind to do, I do not : but the evil which I have no mind to do, that I do. 20 But if I do what I have no mind to do, it is no longer I who do it, but the sin living in me.

7:21     So I see a law that, though I have a mind to do good, evil is present in me. 22 In my heart I take pleasure in the law of God, 23 But I see another law in my body, working against the law of my mind, and making me the servant of the law of sin which is in my flesh. 24 How unhappy am I ! who will make me free from the body of this death ? 25 I give praise to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So with my mind I am a servant to the law of God, but with my flesh to the law of sin.

Romans, 8
Life in the Spirit

8:1     For this cause those who are in Christ Jesus will not be judged as sinners. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was not able to do because it was feeble through the flesh, God, sending his Son in the image of the evil flesh, and as an offering for sin, gave his decision against sin in the flesh : 4 So that what was ordered by the law might be done in us, who are living, not in the way of the flesh, but in the way of the Spirit. 5 For those who are living in the way of the flesh give their minds to the things of the flesh, but those who go in the way of the Spirit, to the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace : 7 Because the mind of the flesh is opposite to God ; it is not under the law of God, and is not able to be : 8 So that those who are in the flesh are not able to give pleasure to God.

8:9     You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God is in you. But if any man has not the Spirit of Christ he is not one of his. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him who made Jesus come again from the dead is in you, he who made Christ Jesus come again from the dead will in the same way, through his Spirit which is in you, give life to your bodies which now are under the power of death.

8:12     So then, my brothers, we are in debt, not to the flesh to be living in the way of the flesh : 13 For if you go in the way of the flesh, death will come on you ; but if by the Spirit you put to death the works of the body, you will have life. 14 And all those who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not get the spirit of servants again to put you in fear, but the spirit of sons was given to you, by which we say, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit is witness with our spirit that we are children of God : 17 And if we are children, we have a right to a part in the heritage; a part in the things of God, together with Christ ; so that if we have a part in his pain, we will in the same way have a part in his glory.

8:18     I am of the opinion that there is no comparison between the pain of this present time and the glory which we will see in the future. 19 For the strong desire of every living thing is waiting for the revelation of the sons of God. 20 For every living thing was put under the power of change, not by its desire, but by him who made it so, in hope 21 That all living things will be made free from the power of death and will have a part with the free children of God in glory. 22 For we are conscious that all living things are weeping and sorrowing in pain together till now. 23 And not only so, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we have sorrow in our minds, waiting for the time when we will take our place as sons, that is, the salvation of our bodies. 24 For our salvation is by hope : but hope which is seen is not hope : for who is hoping for what he sees? 25 But if we have hope for that which we see not, then we will be able to go on waiting for it.

8:26     And in the same way the Spirit is a help to our feeble hearts : for we are not able to make prayer to God in the right way; but the Spirit puts our desires into words which are not in our power to say; 27 And he who is the searcher of hearts has knowledge of the mind of the Spirit, because he is making prayers for the saints in agreement with the mind of God.

8:28     And we are conscious that all things are working together for good to those who have love for God, and have been marked out by his purpose. 29 Because those of whom he had knowledge before they came into existence, were marked out by him to be made like his Son, so that he might be the first among a band of brothers : 30 And those who were marked out by him were named ; and those who were named were given righteousness ; and to those to whom he gave righteousness, in the same way he gave glory.

8:31     What may we say about these things ? If God is for us, who is against us ? 32 He who did not keep back his only Son, but gave him up for us all, will he not with him freely give us all things ? 33 Who will say anything against the saints of God ? It is God who makes us clear from evil; 34 Who will give a decision against us ? It is Christ Jesus who not only was put to death, but came again from the dead, who is now at the right hand of God, taking our part. 35 Who will come between us and the love of Christ ? Will trouble, or pain, or cruel acts, or the need of food or of clothing, or danger, or the sword ? 36 As it is said in the holy Writings, Because of you we are put to death every day ; we are like sheep ready for destruction. 37 But we are able to overcome all these things and more through his love. 38 For I am certain that not death, or life, or angels, or rulers, or things present, or things to come, or powers, 39 Or things on high, or things under the earth, or anything which is made, will be able to come between us and the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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