Romans 8

The Life-Giving Spirit

1 Therefore, no condemnation a now exists for those in b Christ Jesus,
Other mss add who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit
2 because the Spirit’s law of life e in Christ Jesus has set you
Other mss read me
free from the law of sin and of death. g
3 What the law could not do h since it was limited
Or weak
by the flesh, j God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours k under sin’s domain,
Lit in the likeness of sinful flesh
and as a sin offering, m
4in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished n in us who do not
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walk according to the flesh p but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who live
Or those who are
according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, r but those who live
Or those who are
according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind-set of the flesh t is death, u but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile v to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. 8 Those who are in the flesh w cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since
Or provided that
the Spirit of God lives in you. y But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, z he does not belong to Him.
10 Now if Christ is in you, aa the body is dead
Or the body will die
because of sin, but the Spirit
Or spirit
is life because of righteousness.
11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead ad lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through
Other mss read because of
His Spirit who lives in you.

The Holy Spirit’s Ministries

12 So then,
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh,
13 for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, ag you will live. 14 All those led by God’s Spirit ah are God’s sons. ai 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, aj but you received the Spirit of adoption, ak by whom we cry out, “
Abba: The Aramaic word for "father"
, Father!” am
16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit an that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs ao – heirs of God and coheirs with Christ – seeing that
Or provided that
we suffer with Him aq so that we may also be glorified with Him.

From Groans to Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing ar with the glory as that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation at for God’s sons au to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected av to futility aw – not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it ax – in the hope 21 that the creation itself ay will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains az until now. 23 And not only that, ba but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the
firstfruits: The agricultural products harvested first and given to God as an offering; also the first of more products to come
firstfruits bc – we also groan within ourselves, bd eagerly waiting for adoption, be the
redemption/redeemed: The deliverance from bondage by a payment or ransom (Mk 10:45; 1Pe 1:18-19)
redemption of our bodies. bg
24 Now in this hope bh we were saved, yet hope bi that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, bj we eagerly wait for it with patience.

26In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, bk but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us
Some mss omit for us
bm with unspoken groanings.
27 And He who searches the hearts bn knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the
saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
saints according to the will of God.

28We know that all things work together
Other mss read that God works together in all things
for the good
The ultimate good
of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. br
29 For those He foreknew He also predestined bs to be conformed to the image of His Son, bt so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. bu 30 And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also
justification/justify/justified: The act of God as judge that declares sinners (who were in the wrong) to be right or righteous in His sight. God is just in doing this because Jesus died on the cross to take away their sins and to give them His own righteousness (2Co 5:21). The sinner receives this justification by faith and by grace when he trusts Christ's work.
justified; bw and those He justified, He also glorified. bx

The Believer’s Triumph

31 What then are we to say about these things? by
If God is for us, who is against us? bz
32 He did not even spare His own Son ca
but offered Him up for us all; cb
how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? cc
God is the One who justifies. cd
34 Who is the one who condemns? ce
Christ Jesus is the One who died, cf
but even more, has been raised; cg
He also is at the right hand of God ch
and intercedes for us. ci
35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ?
Can affliction cj or anguish or persecution ck
or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written:
Because of You
we are being put to death all day long; cl
we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. cm , cn
37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious co
through Him who loved us. cp
38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life, cq
angels or rulers, cr
things present or things to come, cs hostile powers,
39 height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God ct that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! cu
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