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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Romans 8:1-39

8  Therefore those in union with Christ Jesus have no condemnation.+  For the law+ of that spirit+ which gives life+ in union with Christ Jesus has set you free+ from the law of sin and of death.+  For, there being an incapability on the part of the Law,+ while it was weak+ through the flesh, God, by sending his own Son+ in the likeness of sinful flesh+ and concerning sin,+ condemned sin in the flesh,  that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled+ in us who walk, not in accord with the flesh, but in accord with the spirit.+  For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,+ but those in accord with the spirit on the things of the spirit.+  For the minding of the flesh means death,+ but the minding of the spirit+ means life and peace;  because the minding of the flesh means enmity+ with God, for it is not under subjection+ to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be.  So those who are in harmony with the flesh+ cannot please God.  However, YOU are in harmony, not with the flesh, but with the spirit,+ if God’s spirit truly dwells in YOU.+ But if anyone does not have Christ’s spirit,+ this one does not belong to him. 10  But if Christ is in union with YOU,+ the body indeed is dead on account of sin, but the spirit is life+ on account of righteousness. 11  If, now, the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in YOU, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead+ will also make YOUR mortal bodies alive+ through his spirit that resides in YOU. 12  So, then, brothers, we are under obligation, not to the flesh to live in accord with the flesh;+ 13  for if YOU live in accord with the flesh YOU are sure to die;+ but if YOU put the practices of the body to death+ by the spirit, YOU will live. 14  For all who are led by God’s spirit, these are God’s sons.+ 15  For YOU did not receive a spirit of slavery causing fear+ again, but YOU received a spirit+ of adoption+ as sons,* by which spirit we cry out: “Abba,*+ Father!” 16  The spirit+ itself bears witness+ with our spirit+ that we are God’s children.+ 17  If, then, we are children, we are also heirs: heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs+ with Christ, provided we suffer+ together that we may also be glorified together.+ 18  Consequently I reckon that the sufferings+ of the present season do not amount to anything in comparison with the glory+ that is going to be revealed in us. 19  For the eager expectation+ of the creation+ is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God.+ 20  For the creation was subjected to futility,+ not by its own will but through him that subjected it, on the basis of hope+ 21  that* the creation+ itself also will be set free+ from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22  For we know that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now. 23  Not only that, but we ourselves also who have the firstfruits,+ namely, the spirit, yes, we ourselves groan+ within ourselves, while we are earnestly waiting for adoption as sons,*+ the release from our bodies by ransom. 24  For we were saved in [this] hope;+ but hope that is seen is not hope, for when a man sees a thing, does he hope for it? 25  But if we hope+ for what we do not see,+ we keep on waiting for it with endurance.+ 26  In like manner the spirit+ also joins in with help for our weakness;+ for the [problem of] what we should pray for as we need to we do not know,+ but the spirit+ itself pleads for us with groanings unuttered.* 27  Yet he who searches the hearts+ knows what the meaning* of the spirit+ is, because it is pleading in accord with God for holy ones.+ 28  Now we know that God* makes all his works+ cooperate together for the good of those who love God, those who are the ones called according to his purpose;+ 29  because those whom he gave his first recognition*+ he also foreordained*+ to be patterned+ after the image+ of his Son, that he might be the firstborn+ among many brothers.+ 30  Moreover, those whom he foreordained+ are the ones he also called;+ and those whom he called are the ones he also declared to be righteous.+ Finally those whom he declared righteous are the ones he also glorified.+ 31  What, then, shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who will be* against us?+ 32  He who did not even spare his own Son+ but delivered him up for us all,+ why will he not also with him kindly give us all other things?+ 33  Who will file accusation against God’s chosen ones?+ God is the One who declares [them] righteous.+ 34  Who is he that will condemn? Christ Jesus* is the one who died, yes, rather the one who was raised up from the dead,* who is on the right hand+ of God, who also pleads for us.+ 35  Who will separate us from the love of the Christ?*+ Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword?+ 36  Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long, we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.”+ 37  To the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious+ through him that loved us. 38  For I am convinced that neither death nor life+ nor angels+ nor governments+ nor things now here nor things to come nor powers+ 39  nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.+


“Of adoption as sons.” Lit., “of placing as son.” Gr., hui·o·the·si′as; Lat., a·do·pti·o′nis fi·li·o′rum.
“Abba.” An Aram. word meaning “the father,” or, “O Father!”
Or, “because.”
“Adoption as sons,” אABCVgSyh,p; P46D omit.
Or, “that cannot be uttered.”
Or, “mind; thought.”
“God,” P46AB; אCDVgSyp omit.
Or, “whom he foreknew.”
Lit., “he defined beforehand.”
Or, “is; can be.”
“Jesus,” אAC; BDSyp omit.
“From the dead,” AC; P46BDVgSyp omit.
“The Christ,” ACDItVgSyh,p; א, “God”; B, “God that is in Christ Jesus.”