1 Since we stand justified as the result of faith, let us continue to enjoy the peace we have with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him also we have had our access into this grace in which we have taken our stand, and are exulting in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we are actually exulting also even in our troubles; for we know that trouble works fortitude, 4 and fortitude character, and character, hope??5 a hope which never disappoints us. For through the Holy Spirit who has given to us, the "brimming river of the love of God" has overflowed in our hearts.
6 For while we were still without strength, Christ died in due time for the ungodly. 7 Why, a man will hardly give his life for another, even for a righteous man, though perchance for a good man one might even take it upon himself to die. 8 But God gives proof of his love to us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 By how much more, then, being now justified in his blood, shall we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved in his life. 11 And not only that, but we exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now obtained our reconciliation.
12 Thus, then, sin came into the world through one man, and through sin came death and so death spread to all men, because all had sinned. 13 For prior to the Law, sin actually existed in the world, but sin was not set down to man's account when there was no law. 14 Nevertheless, from Adam to Moses death reigned as king, even over those who had not sinned after the likeness of Adam's transgression. Now Adam is a type of Him who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the transgression; for if through the transgression of that one man the rest on men died, much more did the grace of God and the gift given in his grace in the one Man, Jesus Christ, overflow unto the rest of men. 16 And it is not with the free gift as it was through the one that sinned; for the judgment came from one transgression unto condemnation; but the free gift came from many transgressions unto acquittal. 17 For if through the transgression of the one, death reigned as king through the one, much more shall those who receive the overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in life through One, through Jesus Christ.
18 It follows then, as through the transgression of one man came condemnation unto all men, even so through the act of righteousness of One came acquittal and life to all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of one man the rest were made sinners; even so by the obedience of One shall all the rest be made righteous. 20 Now law was brought in so that transgression might abound; but where sin abounded, grace super-abounded; 21 in order that as sin has ruled as king in death, so also grace might rule as king in righteousness which issues in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord,??urs!