Believers are dead to sin but alive to God.

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1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore 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. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing 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; 7for he who has died is freed from sin.

8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13and 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. 14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone asslaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17But thanks 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, 18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19I am 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 sanctification.

20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (New American Standard Version: Romans 6:1-23)

 

1So do you think that we should continue sinning so that God will give us more and more grace (kindness)? 2No! We died to (quit living) our old sinful lives. So how can we continue living with sin? 3Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized? We shared his death in our baptism. 4So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared his death. We were buried with Christ so that we could [be raised up and] live a new life. This happened the same as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father. 5Christ died, and we have been joined with Christ by dying too. So we will also be joined with him by rising from death like Christ rose from death. 6We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross. This happened so that our sinful selves would have no power over us. And then we would not be slaves to sin. 7Any person that has died is made free from sin's control (power). 8If we died with Christ, we know that we will also live with him. 9Christ was raised from death. And we know that he cannot die again. Death has no power over him now. 10Yes, when Christ died, he died to [defeat the power of] sin one time--enough for all time. He now has a new life, and his new life is with God. 11In the same way, you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin. And see yourselves as being alive for God through Christ Jesus. 12But don't let sin control you in your life here on earth. You must not be ruled by the things your sinful self makes you want to do. 13Don't offer the parts of your body to serve sin. Don't use your bodies as things to do evil with. But you should offer yourselves to God. Be like people that have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used for doing good. 14Sin will not be your master. Why? Because you are not under law. You now live under God's grace (kindness).

15So what should we do? Should we sin because we are under grace (kindness) and not under law? No! 16Surely you know that when you give yourselves like slaves to obey someone, then you are really slaves of that person. The person you obey is your master. You can follow sin, or obey God. Sin brings spiritual death. But obeying God makes you right with him. 17In the past you were slaves to sin--sin controlled you. But thank God, you fully obeyed the things that were taught to you.18You were made free from sin. And now you are slaves to goodness (right living). 19I explain this by using an example that people know. I explain it this way because it is hard for you to understand. In the past you offered the parts of your body to be slaves to sin and evil. You lived only for evil. In the same way now you must give yourselves to be slaves of goodness. Then you will live only for God. 20In the past you were slaves to sin, and goodness (right living) did not control you.21You did evil things. Now you are ashamed of those things. Did those things help you? No. Those things only bring [spiritual] death. 22But now you are free from sin. You are now slaves of God. And this brings you a life that is only for God. And from that you will get life forever. 23When people sin, they earn what sin pays--death. But God gives his people a free gift--life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Easy-to-Read Version: Romans 6:1-23)


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