1 As we are justified by faith, then, let us enjoy the peace we have with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have got access to this grace where we have our standing, and triumph in the hope of God's glory. 3 Not only so, but we triumph even in our troubles, knowing that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance produces character, and character produces hope ??5 a hope which never disappoints us, since God's love floods our hearts through the holy Spirit which has been given to us.
6 For when we were still in weakness, Christ died in due time for the ungodly. For the ungodly! 7 Why, a man will hardly die for the just ??though one might bring oneself to die, if need be, for a good man. 8 But God proves his love for us by this, that Christ died for us when we were still sinners. 9 Much more then, now that we are justified by his blood, shall we be saved by him from Wrath. 10 If we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son when we were enemies, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 Not only so, but we triumph in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we now enjoy our reconciliation.
12 Thus, then, sin came into the world by one man, and death came in by sin; and so death spread to all men, inasmuch as all men sinned. 13 Sin was indeed in the world before the Law, but sin is never counted in the absence of law. 14 Nevertheless, from Adam to Moses death reigned even over those whose sins were not like Adam's transgression. Adam prefigured Him who was to come,
15 but the gift is very different from the trespass. For while the rest of men died by the trespass of one man, the grace of God and the free gift which comes by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ overflowed far more richly upon the rest of men. 16 Nor is the free gift like the effect of the one man's sin; for while the sentence ensuing on a single sin resulted in doom, the free gift ensuing on many trespasses issues in acquittal. 17 For if the trespass of one man allowed death to reign through that one man, much more shall those who receive the overflowing grace and free gift of righteousness reign in life through One, through Jesus Christ.
18 Well then, as one man's trespass issued in doom for all, so one man's act of redress issues in acquittal and life for all. 19 Just as one man's disobedience made all the rest sinners, so one man's obedience will make all the rest righteous. 20 Law slipped in to aggravate the trespass; sin increased, but grace surpassed it far, 21 so that, while sin had reigned the reign of death, grace might also reign with a righteousness that ends in life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord.