1 Since we have been given right standing with God through faith, then let us continue enjoying peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 by whom we have an introduction through faith into this state of God's favor, in which we safely stand; and let us continue exulting in the hope of enjoying the glorious presence of God. 3 And not only that, but this too: let us continue exulting in our sufferings, for we know that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance, tested character, and tested character, hope, 5 and hope never disappoints us; for through the Holy Spirit that has been given us, God's love has flooded our hearts.
6 For when we were still helpless, Christ at the proper time died for us ungodly men. 7 Now a man will scarcely ever give his life for an upright person, though once in a while a man is brave enough to die for a generous friend. 8 But God proves His love for us by the fact that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. 9 So if we have already been brought into right standing with God by Christ's death, it is much more certain that by Him we shall be saved from God's wrath. 10 For if while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, it is much more certain that since we have been reconciled we shall finally be saved through His new life. 11 And not only that, but this too: we shall continue exulting in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained our reconciliation.
12 So here is the comparison: As through one man sin came into the world, and death as the consequence of sin, and death spread to all men; because all men sinned. 13 Certainly sin was in the world before the law was given, but it is not charged to men's account where there is no law. 14 And yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the way Adam had, against a positive command. For Adam was a figure of Him who was to come.
15 But God's free gift is not at all to be compared with the offense. For if by one man's offense the whole race of men have died, to a much greater degree God's favor and His gift imparted by His favor through the one man Jesus Christ, has overflowed for the whole race of men. 16 And the gift is not fit all to be compared with the results of that one man's sin. For that sentence resulted from the offense of one man, and it meant condemnation, but the free gift resulted from the offenses of many, and it meant right standing. 17 For if by one man's offense death reigned through that one, to a much greater degree will those who continue to receive the overflow of His unmerited favor and His gift of right standing with Himself, reign in real life through One, Jesus Christ.
18 So, as through one offense there resulted condemnation for all men, just so through one act of uprightness there resulted right standing involving life for all men. 19 For just as by that man's disobedience the whole race of men were constituted sinners, so by this One's obedience the whole race of men may be brought into right standing with God. 20 Then law crept in to multiply the offense. Though sin has multiplied, yet God's favor has surpassed it and overflowed, 21 so that just as sin had reigned by death, so His favor too might reign in right standing with God which issues in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.