Saint Paul on Freedom from Sin; Life in God.

What then shall we say?
Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not!
How can we who died to sin yet live in it?

Or are you unaware that
we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.
For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his,
we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.

We know that our old self was crucified with him,
so that our sinful body might be done away with,
that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.

If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead,
dies no more; death no longer has power over him.

As to his death,
he died to sin once and for all;
as to his life, he lives for God.

Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as
[being] dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.

— Romans 6:1-11

[Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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