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.