I BEG you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, pleasing to God \'97 your rational worship.
Do not follow the fashions of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds so as to recognize what is the good and pleasing and perfect will of God.
So if the Son frees you, you will be really free.
Jesus said to the Jews that had believed him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt becomes flat, with what can it be salted? It is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend to me and every tongue shall confess to God."
So then each one of us shall give account for himself to God.
And bring us not into trial, But save us from evil.'
STAND firm, therefore, in the freedom with which Christ set us free, and do not wear any yoke of slavery.
All things are lawful for me, but not everything is beneficial. All things are lawful, but I will not be overpowered by anything.
Do not be drunk with wine, in which there is profligacy, but be full of the Spirit,
envyings, drinking bouts, revelries, and the like. Of these I tell you beforehand, as I have already told you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.
No trial has taken you but what belongs to human nature. God is faithful and he will not let you be tried beyond your power, but will make, with the trial, a way of escape so that you can endure it.
2 so that he does not go on living what remains of his time in the flesh according to human passions, but according to God's will.
3 The time that has passed was enough to spend doing the will of the Gentiles, when you went on in indecencies, passions, hard drinking, revelries, carousings, and lawless idolatries.
4 In these they think it strange that you are not running with them to the same excess of profligacy, and they slander you.
5 But they will have to give account to him who holds himself ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 And for this purpose the good news was told even to the dead, that they might be judged like men in the flesh, but live as God does in the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be serious and sober and give yourselves to prayer.
since you know that the testing of your faith brings out endurance.
9 Do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit the kingdom of God? Make no mistake, neither the unchaste, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who practice unnatural vices,
10 nor thieves, nor the avaricious, nor drunkards, nor the abusive, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such some of you were. But you have washed yourselves; but you have been made holy; but you have been pronounced righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
for all that is in the world, the passions of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the show and pride of life, is not from the Father, but from the world.
For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all men,
teaching us to renounce all irreligion and worldly passions and to live soberly, justly and piously in this present world,
11 So you must think yourselves dead to sin, but living to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you will obey its lusts,
13 and do not yield your members to sin as the instruments of wickedness; but present yourselves to God as men once dead, but now living, and yield your members to God as the instruments of righteousness.
Watch and pray so as not to enter into temptation. Your spirit is eager, but your flesh is weak."
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, every one who practices sin is the slave of sin.
Do not keep on being a water-drinker, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and because of your frequent ailments.
If we say, "We have no sin," we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness:
Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For if we have grown into union with him by the likeness of his death, surely we shall be united with him by the likeness of his resurrection.
For we know this, that our old-time humanity was crucified with him, in order that the sinful body might be made powerless, that we might no longer be slaves of sin.