How things are put right

Because we’ve been justified by faith, we live in peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s because of him that we’ve gained this access by faith into the grace in which we now stand. And now we rejoice at the hope of sharing in the glory of God.

And not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope doesn’t disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who’s been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were helpless, Christ died for the ungodly. Now it’s rarely for anyone die for even a good person, though perhaps for the very best of people someone might dare to die. But God shows his great love for us in this – that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Now we’ve been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath by him! If, while we were still enemies of God, we were reconciled to him by the death of his Son, how much more, then, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, who made this reconciliation possible.

So, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death came as a result of sin, and consequently death came upon all people, because all had sinned …

Certainly, sin was in the world before the law was given, though sin isn’t counted where there’s no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who didn’t sin by breaking a command, as Adam did, who symbolized the one who was to come.

But the gift wasn’t like the offence. For if the many died because of the offence of that one man, how much more did God’s grace – and the gift that come by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ – overflow to the benefit of many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of that one man’s sin, because judgment followed one sin and thus brought condemnation. But the gift which came after many offences brought us justification. For if, by the offence of that one man, Adam, death reigned from his time onwards, how much more shall those who receive God’s tremendous provision of grace, and his gift of righteousness, reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Consequently, just as one offence resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous action resulted in justification and life for all people. And just as through the disobedience of that one man, Adam, many people were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man, Jesus, many people will be made righteous.

Now, the law was introduced so that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded even more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul

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