A. The Gift in Christ Surpassing the Heritage in Adam --
Two Men, Two Acts, and Two Results
with Four Reigning Things
12 Therefore just as through 1aone man 2bsin entered into the 3world, and cthrough sin, 4death; and thus 4ddeath passed on to all men because all have sinned --
13 For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not 1charged to one's account when there is no alaw.
14 But 1adeath reigned from 2Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned after the likeness of Adam's 3transgression, bwho is a 4type of Him who was to come.
15 But it is not that as the offense was, so also the gracious gift is; for if by the offense of the aone the many died, much more the grace of God and the free gift in grace of the one 1bman Jesus Christ have 2abounded to the many.
16 And it is not that as through one who sinned, so also the free 1gift is; for the judgment was out of one offense unto condemnation, but the gracious gift is out of many offenses unto ajustification.
17 For if by the offense of the one death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the 1abundance of grace and of the gift of 2righteousness will 3reign in 4life through the One, Jesus Christ.
18 So then as it was through one offense unto condemnation to all men, so also it was through one 1righteous act unto justification of 2life to all men.
19 For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were 1constituted sinners, so also through the 2obedience of the One the many will be 1constituted righteous.
20 And the alaw entered in alongside that the offense might 1abound; but where sin 1abounded, grace has super-abounded,
21 In order that just as 1asin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through 2righteousness unto beternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
B. Identification with Christ
1 What then shall we say? aShould we continue in sin that bgrace may abound?
2 Absolutely not! We who have adied to sin, how shall we still live in it?
3 Or are you ignorant that all of us who have been 1abaptized into 2Christ Jesus have been 1baptized into 3His death?
4 We have been 1aburied therefore with Him through 2baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was braised from the dead through the 3cglory of the Father, so also we might 4walk in dnewness of elife.
5 For if we have 1grown together with Him in the 2likeness of His death, indeed we will also be 3in the 2likeness of His resurrection,
6 1Knowing this, that our 2old man has been 3acrucified with Him in order that the 4bbody of sin might be 5annulled, that we should no longer serve sin as slaves;
7 For he who has died is justified from 1sin.
8 Now if we have adied 1with Christ, we believe that we will also blive 1with Him,
9 Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, adies 1no more; death lords it over Him no more.
10 For the death which He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life which He lives, He lives to God.
11 So also you, 1reckon yourselves to be adead to sin, but living to God in Christ Jesus.
12 1Do not let asin therefore reign in your mortal body so that you obey 2the body's blusts;
13 Neither apresent your bmembers as cweapons of unrighteousness to sin, but 1present yourselves to God as alive from the dead, and your members as 2weapons of righteousness to God.
14 For asin will not 1lord it over you, 2for you are 3not under the law but under bgrace.
15 What then? aShould we sin, because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not!
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, his slaves you are whom you obey, whether of sin 1unto death or of obedience 1unto righteousness?
17 But thanks be to God that though you were aslaves of sin, you have obeyed from the heart the form of teaching into which you were delivered.
18 And having been 1afreed from sin, you were enslaved to righteousness.
19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness and lawlessness unto lawlessness, so now apresent your members as slaves to righteousness 1unto 2bsanctification.
20 For when you were aslaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.
21 What fruit then did you have at that time? Things of which you are now ashamed, for the end of those things is death.
22 But now, having been afreed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your fruit unto 1bsanctification, and the end, ceternal 2life.
23 For the 1wages of sin is 2adeath, but the gift of God is 3beternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
C. Bondage in the Flesh
by the Indwelling Sin
1. Two Husbands
1 Or are you ignorant, brothers (for I speak to those who know the law), that the 1law lords it over the man as long as he lives?
2 For the married woman is bound by the 1law to her 2husband while he is living; but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the 1law regarding the husband.
3 So then if, while the husband is living, she is joined to 1another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to 1another man.
4 So then, my brothers, 1you also ahave been made dead to the law through the body of Christ so that 1you might be 2joined to banother, to Him who has been raised from the dead, that we might 3bear fruit to God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the passions for sins, which acted through the law, operated in our members to bear fruit to death.
6 But now we have been 1discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held, so that we 2serve in 3newness of 4spirit and not in oldness of letter.
7 What then shall we say? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! But 1I did not aknow sin except through the 2law; for neither did I know coveting, except the law had said, 3b"You shall not covet.''
8 But 1sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, worked out in me coveting of every kind; for without the law sin is dead.
9 And I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was unto life, this very commandment was found to me to be unto 1death.
11 For sin, seizing the opportunity 1through the commandment, adeceived me and bthrough it killed me.
12 So then the law is holy, and the commandment holy and righteous and good.
13 Did then that which is good become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin did, that it might 1be shown to be sin by working out death in me through that which is good, that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.
14 For we 1know that the law is 2spiritual; but I am 3fleshy, sold under sin.
15 For what I work out, I 1do not acknowledge; for what I will, this I do not practice; but what I hate, this I do.
16 But if what I do not will, this I do, I agree with the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is ano longer I that work it out but sin that 1dwells in me.
18 For I 1know that in me, that is, in my 2flesh, 3nothing good dwells; for 4to will is present with me, but to work out the good is not.
19 For I do not do the good which I will; but the evil which I do not will, this I practice.
20 But if what I do not will, this I do, it is ano longer I that work it out but sin that dwells in me.
21 I find then 1the law with me who wills to do the good, that is, the 2evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the 1law of God according to the inner man,
23 But I see a different 1law in my members, 2warring against the law of my mind and making me a 3captive to the alaw of sin which is in my members.
24 1Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from 2the body of 3this death?
25 aThanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then 1with the mind I myself 2serve the law of God, but with the flesh, the 3law of sin.
D. Freedom in the Spirit
by the Indwelling Christ
1. The Law of the Spirit of Life
1 There is 1now then no 2condemnation to those who are 3in Christ Jesus.
2 For the 1law of the 2Spirit of 3life has 4freed 5me in Christ Jesus from the 6alaw of sin and of death.
3 For that which the 1law could 2not do, in that it was aweak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the 3likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
4 That the righteous requirement of the law might be 1fulfilled in us, who do not 2awalk according to the flesh but according to the 3spirit.
5 For those who are according to the flesh mind the 1things of the flesh; but those who are 2according to the spirit, the 3things of the Spirit.
6 For 1the mind set on the flesh is 2death, but 3the mind set on the spirit is 2alife and bpeace.
2. The Indwelling Christ
7 Because the mind set on the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, for neither can it be.
8 And 1those who are 2in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the 1Spirit of God 2dwells in you. Yet 3if anyone does not have the 4aSpirit of Christ, he is not 5of Him.
10 But if 1aChrist is 2in you, though the 3body is 4dead because of sin, the 5spirit is 6life because of 7righteousness.
11 And if the 1Spirit of 2the One who raised Jesus from the dead 3adwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also 4bgive life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who 3indwells you.
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors not to the flesh to 1live according to the flesh;
13 For if you live according to the flesh, you must 1die, but if by the Spirit you 2aput to death the 3practices of the body, you will live.