Peace and Hope
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we5:1 Many manuscripts let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we5:2 Or let us boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we5:3 Or let us also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
13To 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. 14Nevertheless, 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, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16Nor 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. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death 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 through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1我們既然因信而被稱為義人，就藉著我們的主耶穌基督與上帝和好了。 2我們又靠著祂，藉著信進入現在所站的這恩典中，歡歡喜喜地盼望分享上帝的榮耀。 3不但如此，我們在苦難中也歡喜，因為知道苦難使人生忍耐， 4忍耐生品格，品格生盼望。 5這種盼望不會落空，因為上帝的愛藉著所賜給我們的聖靈已傾注在我們心中。
6當我們還軟弱無助的時候，基督就在所定的日期為罪人死了。 7為義人死，是罕見的；為好人死，也許有敢做的； 8但基督卻在我們還做罪人的時候為我們死！上帝的愛就這樣顯明了。
9現在，我們既然因祂所流的血而被稱為義人，豈不更要靠著祂免受上帝的烈怒嗎？ 10如果我們還與上帝爲敵的時候，尚且可以藉著上帝兒子的死亡與上帝和好，和好後的我們豈不更要藉著祂兒子的生命得到拯救嗎？ 11不但如此，我們藉著主耶穌基督與上帝和好之後，還要藉著祂在上帝面前歡喜。
12因此，罪怎樣從一個人進入世界並帶來了死亡，死亡也怎樣臨到了全人類，因為全人類都犯了罪。 13沒有律法之前，罪已經在世上了；但沒有律法，罪也不算為罪。 14事實上，從亞當到摩西的時代，死亡一直辖制著人類，甚至連那些不與亞當犯同樣罪的人也不能倖免。亞當是將要來的那位的預表。
15然而，上帝的洪恩遠超過亞當的過犯。若因一人的過犯，眾人都要死亡，那麼上帝的恩典，也就是通過耶穌基督一人所賜的恩典，豈不要更豐富地臨到眾人嗎？ 16再者，上帝的恩賜不同於一人犯罪的後果。一人犯罪便帶來審判和定罪，恩賜卻使眾人罪惡得赦、被稱為義人。 17如果因一人的過犯，死亡就藉著那人作了王，那麼接受上帝洪恩又得到祂所賜之義的人，豈不更要藉著耶穌基督一人在生命中作王嗎？
18如此說來，因為一人的過犯，眾人都被定罪；照樣，因為一人的義行，眾人都被稱為義人，得到生命。 19因為一人的悖逆，眾人成為罪人；照樣，因為一人的順服，眾人將被稱為義人。 20律法是後來頒佈的，使過犯更多地顯出來，只是哪裡的罪越多，哪裡的恩典就顯得越豐富。 21罪怎樣掌權帶來死亡5·21 「罪怎樣掌權帶來死亡」或譯「罪怎樣藉著死亡掌權」。，恩典也照樣藉著義掌權，為要藉著我們主耶穌基督帶來永生。