Thus there is no doom now for those who are in Christ Jesus;

2 the law of the Spirit brings the life which is in Christ Jesus, and that law has set me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For God has done what the Law, weakened here by the flesh, could not do; by sending his own Son in the guise of sinful flesh, to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

4 in order to secure the fulfillment of the Law’s requirements in our lives, as we live and move not by the flesh, but by the Spirit.

5 For those who follow the flesh have their interests in the flesh, and those who follow the Spirit have their interests in the Spirit.

6 The interests of the flesh mean death, the interests of the Spirit mean life and peace.

7 For the interests of the flesh are hostile to God; they do not yield to the law of God (indeed they cannot).

8 Those who are in the flesh cannot satisfy God.

9 But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells within you. Anyone who does not possess the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.

10 On the other hand, if Christ is within you, though the body is a dead thing owing to Adam’s sin, the spirit is living as the result of righteousness.

11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells within you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies live by his indwelling Spirit in your lives.

12 Well then, my brothers, we owe a duty — but it is not to the flesh! It is not to live by the flesh!

13 If you live by the flesh, you are on the road to death; but if by the Spirit you put the actions of the body to death, you will live.

14 For the sons of God are those who are guided by the Spirit of God.

15 You have received no slavish spirit that would make you relapse into fear; you have received the Spirit of sonship. And when we cry, “Abba! Father!”,

16 it is this Spirit testifying along with our own spirit that we are children of God;

17 and if children, heirs as well, heirs of God, heirs along with Christ — for we share his sufferings in order to share his glory.

18 Present suffering, I hold, is a mere nothing compared to the glory that we are to have revealed.

19 Even the creation waits with eager longing for the sons of God to be revealed.

20 For creation was not rendered futile by its own choice, but by the will of Him who thus made it subject, the hope being

21 that creation as well as man would one day be freed from its thralldom to decay and gain the glorious freedom of the children of God.

22 To this day, we know, the entire creation sighs and throbs with pain;

23 and not only so, but even we ourselves, who have the Spirit as a foretaste of the future, even we sigh to ourselves as we wait for the redemption of the body that means our full sonship.

24 We were saved with this hope in view. Now when an object of hope is seen, there is no further need to hope. Who ever hopes for what he sees already?

25 But if we hope for something that we do not see, we wait for it patiently.

26 So too the Spirit assists us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray aright, but the Spirit pleads for us with sighs that are beyond words,

27 and He who searches the human heart knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, since the Spirit pleads before God for the saints.

28 We know also that those who love God, those who have been called in terms of his purpose, have his aid and interest in everything.

29 For he decreed of old that those whom he predestined should share the likeness of his Son — that he might be the firstborn of a great brotherhood.

30 Then he calls those whom he has thus decreed; then he justifies those whom he has called; then he glorifies those whom he has justified.

31 Now what follows from all this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32 The God who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, surely He will give us everything besides!

33 Who is to accuse the elect of God? When God acquits,

34 who shall condemn? Will Christ? — the Christ who died, yes and rose from the dead! the Christ who is at God’s right hand, who actually pleads for us!

35 What can ever part us from Christ’s love? Can anguish or calamity or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or the sword?

36 (Because, as it is written, For thy sake we are being killed all the day long, we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.)

37 No, in all this we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38 For I am certain neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future,

39 no powers of the Height or of the Depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to part us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8

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