The Gift New Testament

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5:1So then, seeing that we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Master Jesus the Anointed,5:2through whom we also have access by faith into this favor in which we stand. We can take pride in our confident expectation of God’s favor—5:3and in our oppressions, which we know result in endurance;5:4and endurance makes us pass the test, which leads to hope.5:5And this hope does not fade, because of the love God has poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit he gave us.

5:6While we were still weak, the Anointed died at just the right time for the sake of the ungodly.5:7It rarely happens that someone will die for a public benefactor, let alone an ordinary innocent person.5:8So God displays his love for us by virtue of the fact that the Anointed died for our sakes while we were still failures.5:9And how much more, now that his blood has cleared us of all charges, will we be saved from God’s rage through him!5:10After all, if we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, how much more will we now be saved through his life!5:11And on top of that, we can also be proud of belonging to God by means of our Master Jesus the Anointed, the One who accomplished that reconciliation.

5:12Failure entered into the world by means of one person, and death by means of failure, and so death passed on to all people, seeing that all failed.5:13Failure was in the world before there was law, yet failure is not taken into account where there is no law.5:14Even so, death was in charge from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not cross the line as did Adam— who is a type of the One to come.5:15But the gift of God is nothing like the blunder! For if death came to many because of one blunder, how much better is the favor of God to many, granted from the one person: Jesus the Anointed!

5:16Again, the gift is nothing like the failure. In the first case, the verdict pronounced on the one led to condemnation, while in the second, favor came after many blunders and resulted in acquittal.5:17For if death reigned because of one blunder, how much better will be the reign of life through the One— Jesus the Anointed— for those who take hold of God’s overflowing favor and the gift of innocence!5:18Then it follows that just as one blunder brought condemnation to all people, so also one act of justice brought acquittal and life to all people.5:19Through the disobedience of the one person many were brought into a state of failure; likewise, through the obedience of the One, many were brought into a state of innocence.

5:20But when law was introduced, blunders increased; yet when failure increased, favor abounded even more.5:21So just as Failure1 was put in charge because of death, so also Favor is put in charge through justice because of eternal life, by means of Jesus the Anointed our Master.

  1. 1Failure and Favor are capitalized here to show that Paul is using personification to make his point.