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Chapter 5

1So as we have been made upright by faith, let us live in peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2by whom we have been introduced through faith to the favor of God that we now enjoy, and let us glory in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3More than that, we ought to glory in our troubles, for we know that trouble produces endurance, 4and endurance, character, and character, hope, 5and hope will not disappoint us. For, through the holy Spirit that has been given us, God’s love has flooded our hearts. 6For when we were still helpless, at the decisive moment Christ died for us godless men. 7Why, a man will hardly give his life for an upright person, though perhaps for a really good man some may be brave enough to die. 8But God proves his love for us by the fact that Christ died for us when we were still sinners. 9So if we have already been made upright by his death, it is far more certain that through him we shall be saved from God’s anger! 10If, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, it is far more certain that now that we are reconciled we shall be saved through sharing in his life! 11More than that, we actually glory in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom we owe our reconciliation.

12It is just like the way in which through one man sin came into the world, and death followed sin, and so death spread to all men, because all men sinned. 13It is true sin was in the world before the Law was given, and men are not charged with sin where there is no law. 14Still death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned as Adam had, in the face of an express command. So Adam foreshadowed the one who was to come. 15But there is no comparison between God’s gift and that offense. For if one man’s offense made the mass of mankind die, God’s mercy and his gift given through the favor of the one man Jesus Christ have far more powerfully affected mankind. 16Nor is there any comparison between the gift and the effects of that one man’s sin. That sentence arose from the act of one man, and was for condemnation; but God’s gift arose out of many offenses and results in acquittal. 17For if that one man’s offense made death reign through that one man, all the more will those who receive God’s overflowing mercy and his gift of uprightness live and reign through the one individual Jesus Christ.

18So as one offense meant condemnation for all men, just so one righteous act means acquittal and life for all men. 19For just as that one man’s disobedience made the mass of mankind sinners, so this one’s obedience will make the mass of them upright. 20Then law slipped in, and multiplied the offense. But greatly as sin multiplied, God’s mercy has far surpassed it, 21so that just as sin had reigned through death, mercy might reign through uprightness and bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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