1 aWhat shall we say then? Are we to bcontinue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 aMay it never be! How shall we who bdied to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been abaptized into bChrist Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been aburied with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was braised from the dead through the cglory of the Father, so we too might walk in dnewness of life. 5 For aif we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our aold self was bcrucified with Him, in order that our cbody of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for ahe who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now aif we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been araised from the dead, is never to die again; bdeath no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be adead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin areign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on apresenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but bpresent yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For asin shall not bbe master over you, for cyou are not under law but dunder grace. 15 What then? aShall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? bMay it never be! 16 Do you not aknow that when you present yourselves to someone as bslaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of csin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17 But athanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that bform of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and having been afreed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 aI am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just bas 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. 20 For awhen you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what abenefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is bdeath. 22 But now having been afreed from sin and benslaved to God, you derive your cbenefit, resulting in sanctification, and dthe outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of asin is death, but the free gift of God is beternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.