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Chapter 3

1 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (for, before the law, sin was in the world; yet sin is not imputed to those who have no law.

2 Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

3 For I say, that through the offense, death reigned over all.

4 But the offense is not as the free gift, for the gift aboundeth.

5 For, if through the offense of one, many be dead; much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, hath abounded by one man, Jesus Christ, unto many.

6 And not as, by one that sinned, is the gift; for the judgment is by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification.

7 For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ).

8 Therefore, as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

9 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

10 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound.

11 But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound; that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

12 What shall we say then?

13 Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

14 God forbid.

15 How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

16 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

17 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

18 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

19 For he that is dead to sin is freed from sin.

20 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

21 For in that he died, he died unto sin once; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

22 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

23 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

24 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

25 For in so doing sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

26 What then?

27 shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace: God forbid.

28 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

29 But God be thanked, that ye are not the servants of sin, for ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

30 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

31 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh; for as ye have in times past yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

32 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

33 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?

34 for the end of those things is death.

35 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

36 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

37 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man only as long as he liveth?

38 For the woman which hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband only as long as he liveth; for if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

39 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

40 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

41 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sin, which were not according to the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

42 But now we are delivered from the law wherein we were held, being dead to the law, that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

43 What shall we say then?

44 Is the law sin?

45 God forbid.

46 Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

47 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence.

48 For without the law sin was dead.

49 For once I was alive without transgression of the law, but when the commandment of Christ came, sin revived, and I died.

50 And when I believed not the commandment of Christ which came, which was ordained to life, I found it condemned me unto death.

51 For sin, taking occasion, denied the commandment, and deceived me; and by it I was slain.

52 Nevertheless, I found the law to be holy, and the commandment to be holy, and just, and good.

53 Was then that which is good made death unto me?

54 God forbid.

55 But sin, that it might appear sin by that which is good working death in me; that sin, by the commandment, might become exceeding sinful.

56 For we know that the commandment is spiritual; but when I was under the law, I was yet canal, sold under sin.

57 But now I am spiritual; for that which I am commanded to do, I do; and that which I am commanded not to allow, I allow not.

58 For what I know is not right, I would not do; for that which is sin, I hate.

59 If then I do not that which I would not allow, I consent unto the law, that it is good; and I am not condemned.

60 Now then, it is no more I that do sin; but I seek to subdue that sin which dwelleth in me.

61 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me, but to perform that which is good I find not, only in Christ.

62 For the good that I would have done when under the law, I find not to be good; therefore, I do it not.

63 But the evil which I would not do under the law, I find to be good; that, I do.

64 Now if I do that, through the assistance of Christ, I would not do under the law, I am not under the law; and it is no more that I seek to do wrong, but to subdue sin that dwelleth in me.

65 I find then that under the law, that when I would do good evil was present with me; for I delight in the law of God after the inward man.

66 And now I see another law, even the commandment of Christ, and it is imprinted in my mind.

67 But my members are warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

68 And if I subdue not the sin which is in me, but with the flesh serve the law of sin; O wretched man that I am!

69 who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

70 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord, then, that so with the mind I myself serve the law of God.

71 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

72 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

73 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

74 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

75 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

76 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

77 So then they that are after the flesh cannot please God.

78 But ye are not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

79 Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

80 And if Christ be in you, though the body shall die because of sin, yet the Spirit is life, because of righteousness.

81 And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

82 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

83 For if ye live after the flesh, unto sin, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live unto Christ.

84 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

85 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption; whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

86 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

87 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be named with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

88 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

89 For the creature was made subject to tribulation not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected it in hope; because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

90 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

91 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

92 For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

93 But if we hope for that we see not, then with patience we do wait for it.

94 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with striving which cannot be expressed.

95 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

96 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

97 For him whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to his own image, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

98 Moreover, him whom he did predestinate, him he also called; and him whom he called, him he also sanctified; and him whom he sanctified, him he also glorified.

99 What shall we then say to these things?

100 If God be for us, who can prevail against us?

101 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

102 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?

103 It is God that justifieth.

104 Who is he that condemneth?

105 It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

106 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

107 shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

108 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

109 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

110 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.







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