For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death,
certianly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection,
that our old self was crucified with Him,
that our body of sin might be done away with,
that we should no longer be slaves to sin;
for he who has died is freed from sin.
Now if we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with Him,
knowing that Christ,
having been raised from the dead,
is never to die again;
death no longer is master over Him.
For the death that He died,
He died to sin,
once for all; but the life that He lives,
He lives to God.
Even so consider yourselves dead to sin,
But alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts,
and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness;
but present yourselves to God as those alive fromt he dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not be master over you,
for you are not under law, but under grace.
Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?
May it never be!
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience,
you are slaves of the one whom you obey,
either of sin resulting in death,
or of obedience resultingin righteousness?
But thanks be to God that thought you were slaves of sin,
you becamse obdient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
and having been freed from sin,
you became slaves of righteousness.
I 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.
for when you were slaves of sin,
you were free in regard to righteousness.
Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed?
For the outcome of those things is death.
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God,
you derive your benefit,
resulting in sanctification,
and the outcome, eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
It is so exciting that God has made a way for us to die to our old sinful self and then become alive to have a new life in Him! What are your thoughts on this chapter?