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Daily Bible Reading

November 29 - Straight Thru the Bible


Romans 5:12-8:25

Chapter 5

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man,(x) and death through sin,(y) and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned(z)

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone's account where there is no law.(aa) 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam,(ab) who is a pattern of the one to come.(ac)

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,(ad) how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,(ae) overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death(af) reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life(ag) through the one man, Jesus Christ!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people,(ah) so also one righteous act resulted in justification(ai) and life(aj) for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man(ak) the many were made sinners,(al) so also through the obedience(am) of the one man the many will be made righteous.

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.(an) But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,(ao) 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death,(ap) so also grace(aq) might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life(ar) through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Chapter 6

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

1 What shall we say, then?(a) Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?(b) 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin;(c) how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized(d) into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death(e) in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead(f) through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.(g)

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.(h) 6 For we know that our old self(i) was crucified with him(j) so that the body ruled by sin(k) might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin(l) 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.(m)

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.(n) 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead,(o) he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.(p) 10 The death he died, he died to sin(q) once for all;(r) but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin(s) but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign(t) in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,(u) but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.(v) 14 For sin shall no longer be your master,(w) because you are not under the law,(x) but under grace.(y)

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?(z) By no means! 16 Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey(aa)—whether you are slaves to sin,(ab) which leads to death,(ac) or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God(ad) that, though you used to be slaves to sin,(ae) you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching(af) that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin(ag) and have become slaves to righteousness.(ah)

19 I am using an example from everyday life(ai) because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness(aj) leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin,(ak) you were free from the control of righteousness.(al) 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!(am) 22 But now that you have been set free from sin(an) and have become slaves of God,(ao) the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.(ap) 23 For the wages of sin is death,(aq) but the gift of God is eternal life(ar) in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.

Chapter 7

Released From the Law, Bound to Christ

1 Do you not know, brothers and sisters(a)—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him.(b) 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress.(c) But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law(d) through the body of Christ,(e) that you might belong to another,(f) to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a](g) the sinful passions aroused by the law(h) were at work in us,(i) so that we bore fruit for death.(j) 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law(k) so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.(l)

The Law and Sin

7 What shall we say, then?(m) Is the law sinful? Certainly not!(n) Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.(o) For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."[b](p) 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,(q) produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.(r) 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life(s) actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,(t) deceived me,(u) and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.(v)

13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good(w) to bring about my death,(x) so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,(y) sold(z) as a slave to sin.(aa) 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.(ab) 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.(ac) 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.(ad) 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c](ae) For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.(af) 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.(ag)

21 So I find this law at work:(ah) Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being(ai) I delight in God's law;(aj) 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war(ak) against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin(al) at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?(am) 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!(an)

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law,(ao) but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.(ap)

Chapter 8

Life Through the Spirit

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation(a) for those who are in Christ Jesus,(b) 2 because through Christ Jesus(c) the law of the Spirit who gives life(d) has set you[a] free(e) from the law of sin(f) and death. 3 For what the law was powerless(g) to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b](h) God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh(i) to be a sin offering.[c](j) And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement(k) of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.(l)

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires;(m) but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.(n) 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death,(o) but the mind governed by the Spirit is life(p) and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;(q) it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh(r) cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh(s) but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.(t) And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,(u) they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you,(v) then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead(w) is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies(x) because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.(y) 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die;(z) but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body,(aa) you will live.(ab)

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God(ac) are the children of God.(ad) 15 The Spirit(ae) you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;(af) rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, "Abba,[g] Father."(ag) 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit(ah) that we are God's children.(ai) 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs(aj)—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings(ak) in order that we may also share in his glory.(al)

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.(am) 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God(an) to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it,(ao) in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay(ap) and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.(aq)

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning(ar) as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,(as) groan(at) inwardly as we wait eagerly(au) for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.(av) 24 For in this hope we were saved.(aw) But hope that is seen is no hope at all.(ax) Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.(ay)

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