Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5For 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. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,6:6 Or be rendered powerless that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, 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. 14For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19I am using an example from everyday life 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 leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in6:23 Or through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nkwa Wɔ Kristo Mu
1Afei, asɛm bɛn na yɛbɛka? Yɛbɛkɔ so atena bɔne mu, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a adom bɛdɔɔso ana? 2Ɛnte saa koraa! Yɛawu ama bɔne, na adɛn nti na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛkɔ so tena bɔne mu? 3Anaa munnim sɛ bere a wɔbɔɔ yɛn nyinaa asu hyɛɛ Kristo Yesu mu no, wɔbɔɔ yɛn asu hyɛɛ ne wu mu? 4Bere a wɔbɔɔ yɛn asu no, yewui na wosiee yɛn ne Kristo. Sɛnea Agya Onyankopɔn nam nʼanuonyam so nyan Kristo fii awufo mu baa nkwa mu no, saa ara nso na mprempren yɛte ase wɔ nkwa foforo mu.
5Na sɛ yɛne no ayɛ koro wɔ ne wu mu a, wɔbɛfa saa ɔkwan koro no ara so anyan yɛn aba nkwa mu, na yɛne no ayɛ baako. 6Yenim sɛ wɔbɔɔ yɛn nipadua dedaw no ne Kristo asennua mu. Wɔyɛɛ eyi sɛnea nipadua dedaw a ɛyɛ bɔne no renyɛ bɔne nkoa bio, 7efisɛ sɛ onipa wu a, na wɔayi no afi bɔne tumi ase.
8Sɛ yɛne Kristo awu a, yɛwɔ gyidi sɛ yɛne no bɛtena. 9Efisɛ yenim sɛ wɔanyan Kristo afi owu mu, na ɔrenwu bio. Owu nni ne so tumi bio. 10Ne wu a owui no yɛɛ owuprɛko maa bɔne, na nʼase a ɔte yi, ɔte ma Onyankopɔn.
11Ɛno nti saa ɔkwan koro ara so na ɛsɛ sɛ mofa mo ho sɛ moawu ama bɔne, na motena ase ma Onyankopɔn wɔ Kristo Yesu mu. 12Ɛnsɛ sɛ bɔne di mo nipadua a ewui no so na amma mo anyɛ bɔne. 13Saa ara nso na ɛnsɛ sɛ mugyaw mo honam akwaa biara ma bɔne sɛ nneɛma a wɔde di amumɔyɛsɛm. Na mmom momfa mo ho mma Onyankopɔn sɛ nnipa a wɔanyan mo afi owu mu aba nkwa mu. Momfa mo ho nyinaa mma no, na ɔmfa mo nyɛ trenee nnwuma. 14Ɛnsɛ sɛ bɔne di mo so, efisɛ monhyɛ mmara ase, na mmom mohyɛ adom ase.
15Dɛn bio? Esiane sɛ yɛnhyɛ mmara ase na yɛhyɛ adom ase no nti, ɛsɛ sɛ yɛkɔ so yɛ bɔne ana? Dabi da. 16Munnim sɛ, nea mutie no ara na ne nkoa ne mo anaa? Sɛ ɛyɛ bɔne a ɛde kɔ owu mu, anaasɛ osetie a ɛde kɔ trenee. 17Nanso yɛda Onyankopɔn ase. Efisɛ bere bi a atwa mu a na moyɛ bɔne nkoa no, mode mo koma nyinaa tiee nkyerɛkyerɛ a wɔde maa mo no. 18Wɔagye mo afi bɔne mu ama moabɛyɛ nkoa ama trenee.
19Esiane mo nipasu nti, mede nkoasom ho mfonitwa reboa mo ama moate eyinom nyinaa ase. Sɛnea mmere bi mode mo ho nyinaa maa sɛ afide ne amumɔyɛsɛm nkoa no, afei de momfa nyɛ nkoa mma trenee nkɔ kronkronyɛ mu. 20Bere a na moyɛ bɔne nkoa no, na treneeyɛ nni mo so tumi. 21Moyɛɛ nneyɛe a afei de mo ani wu wɔ ho no, mfaso bɛn na munyae? Nea ekowiei ne owu. 22Nanso mprempren wɔagye mo afi owu mu ama moabɛyɛ Onyankopɔn nkoa. Mfaso a munya wɔ mu no kɔ kronkronyɛ mu, na nea efi mu ba yɛ nkwa a enni awiei. 23Na bɔne so akatua yɛ owu, nanso Onyankopɔn akyɛde yɛ nkwa a enni awiei, wɔ Kristo Yesu yɛn Awurade mu.