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Romans 8:1-39

8  Then there is no condemnation now for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2*  for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has given freedom from the law of sin and of death. 3  For, what was impossible to the law in that it was weak by the flesh, God, sending his own son in the likeness of sinning flesh and on account of sin, condemned sin in the flesh 4  in order that the prescription of the law might be fully realized in us who walk along the line not of flesh but of spirit. 5  For those who are along the line of flesh are of the flesh’s mind, but those who are along the line of spirit are of the Spirit’s. 6  For the flesh’s mind is death, but the Spirit’s mind is life and peace. 7  For the flesh’s mind is enmity to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s law, it even cannot; 8  and those who are in flesh cannot please God. 9  But you are not in flesh but in spirit, if God’s Spirit does reside in you; but if anybody does not have Christ’s Spirit, that man is not his. 10*  But if Christ is in you, the body is dead on account of sin, but the spirit is life on account of righteousness. 11  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead resides in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will bring to life your mortal bodies too through his Spirit your inmate. 12  So then, brothers, we are debtors not to the flesh to live along the line of flesh, 13  for if you live along the line of flesh you are going to die; but if by spirit you bring the body’s practices to their death you will live. 14  For as many as are led by God’s Spirit, these are sons of God. 15*  For you did not receive a spirit of slavery, back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, in which we cry Abba, “Father.” 16  The Spirit itself joins with our spirit in testifying that we are children of God— 17  and if children, heirs too: heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ, if we are indeed his co-sufferers in order that we may share also his glory. 18*  For I figure that the sufferings of the present are not worth counting in comparison with the glory that is going to be revealed for us. 19*  For the expectancy of all creation is awaiting the revelation of the sons of God. 20**  For the creation became subject to futility not of its own free will, but for the purposes of him who created it, with the hope 21  that creation itself is to be set free out of slavery to decay, into the liberty of the glory of God’s children. 22*  For we know that all creation together is in groans and pangs up to now; 23  and not only this, but we ourselves too, having as we do the firstfruits of the Spirit, are groaning in ourselves as we await adoption, the redemption of our body. 24  For we were saved by hope; but a seen hope is not a hope (for who hopes for what he sees?), 25*  but if we are hoping for what we do not see we await it steadily. 26  And in the same way the Spirit too takes hold to help our weakness; for we do not know what prayers to make as we need to, but the Spirit itself intercedes by groans which cannot be put into words. 27  And he who searches the hearts knows what is the Spirit’s mind, that he is interceding in God’s way for God’s people. 28  And we know that to those who love God, God gives all cooperation for good, to those who, as suited his purpose, are called— 29  because those whom he foreknew he did also foreordain to be shaped into the image of his Son so that he should be firstborn among many brothers; 30  and those whom he foreordained, these he also called; and those whom he called, these he also justified; and those whom he justified, these he also glorified. 31  So what shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32*  He who did not stop short of his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how should he do otherwise than bestow everything on us with him? 33  Who will bring charges against God’s chosen? it is God that justifies, 34*  who is it that condemns? It was Christ that died, or rather rose, he who is at God’s right hand, he who is even interceding for us; 35  who will separate us from Christ’s love? will distress or anguish or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or the sword, 36  as it is written “On your account we are being done to death all day, we were rated like sheep for slaughtering”? 37  but in all these things we are overwhelmingly victorious through him who loved us. 38  For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor present conditions nor future nor powers 39  nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from God’s love in our Lord Christ Jesus.

Footnotes

8:2 Var. given you freedom Var. given me freedom
8:10 Var. an account of his
8:15 Or cry “Abba, Father”
8:18 Lit. toward us
8:19 Lit. of the creation
8:20 Lit. but because of him who
8:20-21 Or in hope, because creation itself
8:22 Lit. and birth-pangs
8:25 Lit. await in endurance
8:32 Lit. how shall he not also with him grant us everything
8:34 Var. Christ Jesus that died