Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.
For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection.
Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
He saved us-- not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This [Spirit] He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him,
because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies. Death no longer rules over Him.
For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to God.
So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the [crucified] body of the Messiah, so that you may belong to another-- to Him who was raised from the dead-- that we may bear fruit for God.
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
He demonstrated [this power] in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens--
But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus,
for what makes everything clear is light. Therefore it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same resolve-- because the One who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin--
in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God's will.
For there has already been enough time spent in doing the will of the pagans: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry.
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,
who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus replied, "I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
"But how can anyone be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked Him. "Can he enter his mother's womb a second time and be born?"
Jesus answered, "I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again.
After they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported everything God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift--
I was made a servant of this [gospel] by the gift of God's grace that was given to me by the working of His power.
and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. [I pray that] you, being rooted and firmly established in love,
For it has been given to you on Christ's behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him,
keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.
Don't be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.
God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus-- the great Shepherd of the sheep-- with the blood of the everlasting covenant,
equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.