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ΒΆ WHAT shall we then say?
Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
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Far be it.
How shall we who are dead to sin continue to live in it?
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Do you not know that those of us who have been baptized into Jesus Christ have been baptized into his death?
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Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death, so that as Jesus Christ rose from the dead by the glory of his Father, even so we also shall walk in a new life.
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For if we have been planted together with him in the likeness of his death, so shall we be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
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For we know that our old selves are crucified with him, so that the sinful body might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
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For he who is dead is freed from sin.
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Now if we are dead with Christ, let us believe that we shall also live with Christ.
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We know that Christ rose from the dead, and dies no more;
and that death has no more dominion over him.
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For in dying he died once to sin;
and in living he lives to God.
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Likewise, you also must consider yourself as being dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.
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Neither should you yield your members as instruments of iniquity to sin;
but yield yourselves to God, just as if you were men who had risen from among the dead, and let your members be instruments of righteousness to God.
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Sin shall not have dominion over you;
for you are no longer under the law, but under grace.
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What then?
Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?
Far be it.
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Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are;
for you obey him, whether it be to sin or whether it be of obedience to righteousness?
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But thank God that you, who were once the servants of sin, now obey from the heart that form of doctrine which has been delivered to you.
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Now, being made free from sin, you become the servants of righteousness.
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I speak after the manner of men because of the weakness of your flesh;
for as you have yielded your members to the servitude of uncleanness and iniquity, so now yield your members to the servitude of righteousness and holiness.
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For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness.
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What kind of fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed?
For the end thereof is death.
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But now being made free from sin and become servants of God, your fruits are holy, and the end thereof is life everlasting.
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For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.