Life in the Spirit
1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.#8:1 Some manuscripts add who walk not according to the flesh (but according to the Spirit) 2For the law of #1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 3:6 the Spirit of life #ver. 12; See ch. 6:14, 18; 7:4has set you#8:2 Some manuscripts me free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3For #Heb. 10:1, 2, 10, 14; See Acts 13:39 God has done what the law, #Gal. 4:9; Heb. 7:18 weakened by the flesh, #Heb. 10:6, 8 could not do. #2 Cor. 5:21 By sending his own Son #Phil. 2:7; See John 1:14 in the likeness of sinful flesh and #Lev. 16:5; Heb. 10:6, 8; 13:11for sin,#8:3 Or and as a sin offering he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that #ch. 1:32; 2:26 the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, #Gal. 5:16, 25who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For #[Gal. 6:8] those who live according to the flesh set their minds on #Gal. 5:19-21 the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on #Gal. 5:22, 23, 25the things of the Spirit. 6For to set #ver. 13; [Col. 2:18]; See ch. 6:21the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For the mind that is set on the flesh is #James 4:4 hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; #1 Cor. 2:14indeed, it cannot. 8Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact #ver. 11; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; 2 Tim. 1:14 the Spirit of God dwells in you. #Jude 19; [John 14:17] Anyone who does not have #See Acts 16:7the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of #See Acts 2:24 him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus#8:11 Some manuscripts lack Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies #[2 Cor. 3:6]through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Heirs with Christ
12So then, brothers,#8:12 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 29 we are debtors, #See ver. 2not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you #Col. 3:5put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are #Gal. 5:18 led by the Spirit of God are #ver. 16, 19; ch. 9:8, 26; Deut. 14:1; Hos. 1:10; John 1:12sons#8:14 See discussion on “sons” in the Preface of God. 15For #1 Cor. 2:12 you did not receive #2 Tim. 1:7; [Gal. 2:4; Heb. 2:15; 1 John 4:18] the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of #ver. 23; Gal. 4:5; [ch. 9:4; Isa. 56:5; Jer. 31:9] adoption as sons, by whom we cry, #Gal. 4:6; [Mark 14:36]“Abba! Father!” 16#2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13, 14; 1 John 3:24The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then #Gal. 3:29; 4:7; Titus 3:7 heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, #2 Cor. 1:7; 2 Tim. 2:12; See Acts 14:22provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time #2 Cor. 4:17; [1 Pet. 1:5, 6]are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for #1 Pet. 4:13; 5:1; 1 John 3:2; [ch. 2:7]the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation #Gen. 3:18, 19; Eccles. 1:2 was subjected to futility, not willingly, but #Gen. 3:17because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that #[Acts 3:21]the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that #Mark 16:15 the whole creation #Jer. 12:4, 11has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have #[2 Cor. 5:5; James 1:18] the firstfruits of the Spirit, #2 Cor. 5:2, 4 groan inwardly as #ver. 19, 25; Isa. 25:9; Gal. 5:5 we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, #See ch. 7:24; Luke 21:28the redemption of our bodies. 24For #[1 Thess. 1:3; 5:8] in this hope we were saved. Now #2 Cor. 4:18; Heb. 11:1hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we #[1 Thess. 1:3; 5:8]wait for it with patience.
26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For #[Matt. 20:22; James 4:3] we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but #Zech. 12:10; Eph. 6:18; See John 14:16the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27And #1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Chr. 28:9; Prov. 15:11; 17:3; Jer. 11:20; 17:10; Luke 16:15; 1 Thess. 2:4 he who searches hearts knows what is #See ver. 6 the mind of the Spirit, because#8:27 Or that the Spirit #[ver. 34] intercedes for the saints #[1 John 5:14]according to the will of God. 28And we know that for those who love God all things work together #Ezra 8:22; [Eccles. 8:12] for good,#8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good for #ch. 9:24; 1 Cor. 1:9; 7:15, 17; Gal. 1:15; 5:8; Eph. 4:1, 4; 2 Tim. 1:9those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he #ch. 11:2; 1 Pet. 1:2 foreknew he also #1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 1:5, 11; [ch. 9:23] predestined #Phil. 3:21; [1 Cor. 15:49; Col. 3:10]; See 1 John 3:2 to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be #Col. 1:15, 18; Heb. 1:6; Rev. 1:5the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also #1 Cor. 6:11 justified, and those whom he justified he also #John 17:22; [Heb. 2:10]glorified.
God’s Everlasting Love
31What then shall we say to these things? #Num. 14:9; 2 Kgs. 6:16; Ps. 118:6; 1 John 4:4If God is for us, who can be#8:31 Or who is against us? 32#John 3:16 He who did not spare his own Son but #See ch. 4:25gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? #Isa. 50:8, 9; [Rev. 12:10, 11]It is God who justifies. 34#ver. 1 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—#See Mark 16:19 who is at the right hand of God, #Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1; [ver. 27]who indeed is interceding for us.#8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died . . . for us? 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,
# Cited from Ps. 44:22 “For your sake #1 Cor. 4:9; 15:30, 31; 2 Cor. 4:10, 11; See Acts 20:24we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37No, in all these things we are more than #1 Cor. 15:57; See John 16:33 conquerors through #Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:2; Rev. 1:5; 3:9him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.