Romans 6:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 6:5, NIV: For 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.

Romans 6:5, ESV: For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Romans 6:5, KJV: For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Romans 6:5, NASB: For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

Romans 6:5, NLT: Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.

Romans 6:5, CSB: For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of his resurrection.

What does Romans 6:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This passage explains why the idea of salvation by grace through faith is not a license or excuse to sin. Paul has just said a remarkable thing in the previous verse. Those who come to God through faith in Christ experience rebirth on a spiritual level. Through the Holy Spirit, God responds to our faith in Christ by causing us to die with Christ, spiritually, and to be buried in that same spiritual sense. Then we are raised to new spiritual life as He was raised to a new physical life by the Father.

Paul means for us to understand that we are newly alive, spiritually, in Christ. That's not all, though. This verse says that since we have been united with Christ in a spiritual death like this, we will also be united with Him in a physical resurrection like the one He experienced. In other words, we will also come back to life after we die physically instead of staying in the grave (2 Corinthians 4:14).