Deliverance from Bondage
1Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life #8.2: Or has set you free in Christ Jesusin Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For what the Law could not do, #8.3: Lit in which it was weakweak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of #8.3: Lit flesh of sinsinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk #8.4: Or in accordance withaccording to the flesh but #8.4: Or in accordance withaccording to the Spirit. 5For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are in accord with the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind #8.6: Lit of theset on the flesh is death, but the mind #8.6: Lit of theset on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind #8.7: Lit of theset on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is #8.10: Lit lifealive because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies #8.11: One early ms because ofthrough His Spirit who dwells in you.
12So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13for if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God. 15For you have not received a spirit of slavery #8.15: Lit for fear againleading to fear again, but you have received #8.15: Or the Spirita spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “Abba! #8.15: Gr translation of the Aramaic Abba provided by PaulFather!” 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the eagerly awaiting creation waits for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, #8.20: Or in hope; because the creationin hope 21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23And not only that, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our body. 24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Our Victory in Christ
26Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with #8.26: Lit wordless groaningsgroanings too deep for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the #8.27: Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s peoplesaints according to the will of God.
28And we know that #8.28: One early ms He; i.e., GodGod #8.28: Or in all things works together with those...for goodcauses all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was #8.34: One early ms raised from the deadraised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of #8.35: Two early mss GodChrist? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36Just as it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.