Romans 8

Verse 1 So now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 What the law couldn't do since it was powerless due to our sinful human nature, God was able to do! By sending His own Son in human form, God dealt with the whole problem of sin* and destoyed sin's power in our human nature.

4 In this way we could fulfill the just requirements of the law as we follow the Spirit and not our own human nature. 5 Those who follow their sinful human nature are preoccupied with sinful things, but those who follow the Spirit concentrate on spiritual things. 6 The sinful human way of thinking results in death, but thinking like the Spirit leads to life and peace. 7 Such sinful thinking is hostile to God because it refuses to be controlled by the law of God - infact, it never can be, 8 and those who follow their sinful nature can never please God.

9 But you are not following your sinful nature, but following the Spirit - if it is true that the Spirit of God is living in you. For anyone that does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. 10 However, if Christ is in you, even though your body is mortal because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you are now right with God. 11 The One who raised Jesus from the dead - His Spirit lives in you, and He who raised Jesus from the dead will also bring back to life your dead bodies through His Spirit that lives in you.

12 So we Christians do have a responsibility, but not to our sinful nature that lives according to our human desires. 13 For if you live under the control of your sinful nature, you definitely will die, (the second death). But if you follow the way of the Spirit, putting to death sinful practices, then you'll live. 14 All those who are led by the Spirit of God are God's children.

15 You were not given a spirit of slavery (to sin), to terrify you again - what you received was the spirit of adoption into God's family, so we can shout out, "God is our Father!" 16 The Spirit Himself confirms this with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 If we are God's children, then we are His heirs - heirs of God, and heirs together with Christ, for if we suffer with Him then we will also be glorified with Him.

18 I am convinced that what we suffer here and now is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 All of creation is patiently waiting with eager expectation for God to reveal his children. 20 For God allowed the purpose of all creation to be frustrated, in the hope* 21 that creation itself should be freed from the slavery of decay and enter into the glorious freedom of God's children.

21 We recognize that all creation groans with longing, suffering birth pains right up to the present. 23 Not only this, but we too, who have a foretaste of the Spirit - we too are groaning inside as we wait for God to "adopt" us, - the redemption of our bodies. 24 For we were saved by this hope! Yet hope that has already been seen is not hope - for who hopes for what they already see? 25 We hope for what we have not seen yet, and we are waiting patiently.

26 In just this same way the Spirit helps our weakness - for we do not know how to pray properly, but the Spirit Himself appeals to our behalf with sighs that can not be put into words. 27 He who examines our hearts knows the way the Spirit thinks, because the Spirit prays for us according to God's will.

28 We recognize that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, for those who are invited to be part of His plan. 29 For God, knowing them in advance, chose that they should become like His Son, so that the Son might be the Firstborn of many brothers and sisters.

30 Those that He chose, He also called; and those that He called, He also made right; and those He made right, He also glorified. 31 So how should we respond to all this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32 God, who did not hold back His own Son, but gave Him up for all of us; - how could He not freely give us everything? 33 Who can charge God's special people with anything? It is God who makes us right. 34 So who can condemn us? It is Christ Jesus who died, - rather who was raised from the dead, - who stands at the right hand of God, and who presents our case.

35 Who will separate us from Christ's love? Will opprassion or distress or persecution? Or hunger or destitution or danger or violence? 36 Just as the scripture says, "For your sakes we experience death all day long. We are considered sheep to be slaughtered."

37 No, - in all of this we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us. 38 I am absolutely convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor devils, neither the present nor the future, nor any kind of powers, 39 neither height nor depth, in fact nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from God's love as revealed in our Lord, Jesus Christ.