advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of
every respect. First of all, that they were
entrusted with the oracles of God.
If some did not believe, their unbelief will not
nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?
never be! Rather, let God be found true, though
every man be found a liar, as it is written, "THAT
YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL
WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED."
But if our
unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of
God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath
is not unrighteous, is He? ( I am speaking in human
never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the
through my lie the truth of God abounded to His
glory, why am I also still being judged as a
And why not
say (as we are slanderously reported and as some
claim that we say), "" Let us do evil that good may
come''? Their condemnation is just.
Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have
already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all
under sin; as it is written, "THERE IS NONE
RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR
TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN
THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY
KEEP DECEIVING,'' "" THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER
MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS';
ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.
NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES."
Now we know
that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who
are under the Law, so that every mouth may be
closed and all the world may become accountable to
God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will
be justified in His sight; for through the Law
comes the knowledge of sin.
apart from the Law the righteousness of God has
been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the
Prophets, even the righteousness of God through
faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe;
for there is no distinction; for all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God, being justified
as a gift by His grace through the redemption which
is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as
a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was
to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the
forbearance of God He passed over the sins
previously committed; for the demonstration, I say,
of His righteousness at the present time, so that
He would be just and the justifier of the one who
has faith in Jesus.
is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law?
Of works? No, but by a law of faith.
maintain that a man is justified by faith apart
from works of the Law.
Or is God
the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles
also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since indeed God who
will justify the circumcised by faith and the
uncircumcised through faith is one.
Do we then
nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On
the contrary, we establish the Law.
shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according
to the flesh, has found?
Abraham was justified by works, he has something to
boast about, but not before God.
does the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND
IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS
Now to the
one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor,
but as what is due.
But to the
one who does not work, but believes in Him who
justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as
righteousness, just as David also speaks of the
blessing on the man to whom God credits
righteousness apart from works:
ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN,
AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.
THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO
blessing then on the circumcised, or on the
uncircumcised also? For we say, "" FAITH WAS
CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.''
was it credited? While he was circumcised, or
uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while
uncircumcised; and he received the sign of
circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the
faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that he
might be the father of all who believe without
being circumcised, that righteousness might be
credited to them, and the father of circumcision to
those who not only are of the circumcision, but who
also follow in the steps of the faith of our father
Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.
promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he
would be heir of the world was not through the Law,
but through the righteousness of faith.
those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made
void and the promise is nullified; for the Law
brings about wrath, but where there is no law,
there also is no violation.
reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in
accordance with grace, so that the promise will be
guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to
those who are of the Law, but also to those who are
of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us
all, (as it is written, "" A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS
HAVE I MADE YOU'') in the presence of Him whom he
believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and
calls into being that which does not exist.
against hope he believed, so that he might become a
father of many nations according to that which had
been spoken, "" SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.''
becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own
body, now as good as dead since he was about a
hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah's
womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he
did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith,
giving glory to God, and being fully assured that
what God had promised, He was able also to perform.
IT WAS also CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Now not for
his sake only was it written that it was credited
to him, but for our sake also, to whom it will be
credited, as those who believe in Him who raised
Jesus our Lord from the dead,
He who was
delivered over because of our transgressions, and
was raised because of our justification.
having been justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom
also we have obtained our introduction by faith
into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in
hope of the glory of God.
only this, but we also exult in our tribulations,
knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
perseverance, proven character; and proven
character, hope; and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out within
our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to
we were still helpless, at the right time Christ
died for the ungodly.
will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps
for the good man someone would dare even to die.
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
then, having now been justified by His blood, we
shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
while we were enemies we were reconciled to God
through the death of His Son, much more, having
been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
only this, but we also exult in God through our
Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now
received the reconciliation.
just as through one man sin entered into the world,
and death through sin, and so death spread to all
men, because all sinned for until the Law sin was
in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is
death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over
those who had not sinned in the likeness of the
offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to
free gift is not like the transgression. For if by
the transgression 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, abound to the many.
The gift is
not like that which came through the one who
sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from
one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on
the other hand the free gift arose from many
transgressions resulting in justification.
For if by
the transgression of the one, death reigned through
the one, much more those who receive the abundance
of grace and of the gift of righteousness will
reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
So then as
through one transgression there resulted
condemnation to all men, even so through one act of
righteousness there resulted justification of life
to all men.
through the one man's disobedience the many were
made sinners, even so through the obedience of the
One the many will be made righteous.
came in so that the transgression would increase;
but where sin increased, grace abounded all the
more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so
grace would reign through righteousness to eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that
grace may increase?
never be! How shall we who died to sin still live
Or do you
not know that all of us who have been baptized into
Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
we have been buried with Him through baptism into
death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead
through the glory of the Father, so we too might
walk in newness of life.
For if we
have become united with Him in the likeness of His
death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness
of His resurrection,
this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in
order that our body of sin might be done away with,
so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he
who has died is freed from sin.
Now if we
have died with Christ, we believe that we shall
also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having
been raised from the dead, is never to die again;
death no longer is master over Him.
death that He died, He died to sin once for all;
but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to
God in Christ Jesus.
do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that
you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the
members of your body to sin as instruments of
unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as
those alive from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness to God.
shall not be master over you, for you are not under
law but under grace.
Shall we sin because we are not under law but under
grace? May it never be!
Do you not
know that when you present yourselves to someone as
slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one
whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or
of obedience resulting in righteousness?
be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you
became obedient from the heart to that form of
teaching to which you were committed, and having
been freed from sin, you became slaves of
speaking in human terms because of the weakness of
your flesh. For just as you presented your members
as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting
in further lawlessness, so now present your members
as slaves to righteousness, resulting in
you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to
what benefit were you then deriving from the things
of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of
those things is death.
having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you
derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification,
and the outcome, eternal life.
wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Or do you
not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who
know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a
person as long as he lives?
married woman is bound by law to her husband while
he is living; but if her husband dies, she is
released from the law concerning the husband.
So then, if
while her husband is living she is joined to
another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but
if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so
that she is not an adulteress though she is joined
to another man.
my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law
through the body of Christ, so that you might be
joined to another, to Him who was raised from the
dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which
were aroused by the Law, were at work in the
members of our body to bear fruit for death.
But now we
have been released from the Law, having died to
that by which we were bound, so that we serve in
newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the
we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On
the contrary, I would not have come to know sin
except through the Law; for I would not have known
about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL
taking opportunity through the commandment,
produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart
from the Law sin is dead.
I was once
alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment
came, sin became alive and I died; and this
commandment, which was to result in life, proved to
result in death for me; for sin, taking an
opportunity through the commandment, deceived me
and through it killed me.
the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and
righteous and good.
did that which is good become a cause of death for
me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order
that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my
death through that which is good, so that through
the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
For we know
that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold
into bondage to sin.
For what I
am doing, I do not understand; for I am not
practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing
the very thing I hate.
But if I do
the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with
the Law, confessing that the Law is good.
So now, no
longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells
For I know
that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my
flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the
doing of the good is not.
good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the
very evil that I do not want.
But if I am
doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer
the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
I find then
the principle that evil is present in me, the one
who wants to do good.
joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner
man, but I see a different law in the members of my
body, waging war against the law of my mind and
making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in
man that I am! Who will set me free from the body
of this death?
to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on
the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the
law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law
there is now no condemnation for those who are in
For the law
of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you
free from the law of sin and of death.
the Law could not do, weak as it was through the
flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness
of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He
condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement
of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not
walk according to the flesh but according to the
who are according to the flesh set their minds on
the things of the flesh, but those who are
according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on
the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set
on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not
subject itself to the law of God, for it is not
even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh
cannot please God.
you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if
indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if
anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does
not belong to Him.
is in you, though the body is dead because of sin,
yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
But if the
Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells
in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead
will also give life to your mortal bodies through
His Spirit who dwells in you.
brethren, we are under obligation, not to the
flesh, to live according to the flesh
for if you
are living according to the flesh, you must die;
but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the
deeds of the body, you will live.
For all who
are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons
have not received a spirit of slavery leading to
fear again, but you have received a spirit of
adoption as sons by which we cry out, "" Abba!
Himself testifies with our spirit that we are
children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs
of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we
suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified
consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared with the glory that
is to be revealed to us.
anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for
the revealing of the sons of God.
creation was subjected to futility, not willingly,
but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that
the creation itself also will be set free from its
slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory
of the children of God.
For we know
that the whole creation groans and suffers the
pains of childbirth together until now.
only this, but also we ourselves, having the first
fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan
within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption
as sons, the redemption of our body.
For in hope
we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not
hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
But if we
hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we
wait eagerly for it.
In the same
way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do
not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit
Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep
for words; and He who searches the hearts knows
what the mind of the Spirit is, because He
intercedes for the saints according to the will of
And we know
that God causes all things to work together for
good to those who love God, to those who are called
according to His purpose.
whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become
conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would
be the firstborn among many brethren; and these
whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom
He called, He also justified; and these whom He
justified, He also glorified.
shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who
is against us?
He who did
not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for
us all, how will He not also with Him freely give
us all things?
bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one
who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ
Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised,
who is at the right hand of God, who also
intercedes for us.
separate us from the love of Christ? Will
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Just as it
is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO
DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO
But in all
these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him
who loved us.
For I am
convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor things present, nor things
to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any
other created thing, will be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
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