Baptism is in similitude of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ—The wages of sin is death—Christ brings eternal life.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that agrace may abound?
2 aGod forbid. How shall we, that are dead to bsin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were abaptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are aburied with him by bbaptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the cdead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should dwalk in enewness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the alikeness of his bdeath, we shall be also in the likeness of his cresurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our aold man is crucified with him, that the bbody of sin might be cdestroyed, that henceforth we should not serve dsin.
7 For he that is adead is bfreed from sin.
8 Now if we be adead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being araised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto asin bonce: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but aalive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your amortal body, that ye should obey it in the blusts thereof.
13 Neither ayield ye your bmembers as cinstruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but dyield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of erighteousness unto God.
14 aFor sin shall not have bdominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under agrace? bGod forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves aservants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye bobey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have aobeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made afree from bsin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were afree from righteousness.
21 What afruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made afree from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your bfruit unto choliness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the awages of bsin is cdeath; but the dgift of God is eeternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.