Life Through the Holy Spirit
(1) Therefore, there is now no condemnation (verdict of guilt) for those who are in Jesus Christ, (2) because in Jesus Christ the life-giving power (law) of Holy Spirit has set me free from the power (law) of sin and death.
(3) For what the law of Moses was powerless (unable) to do because it was weakened by the sinful nature (flesh), God did by sending his own Son in the likeness (form) of sinful humanity (flesh) to be a sin offering. And by doing this he condemned sin in the flesh (in his humanity) (4) in order that the righteous (just) requirement of the law of Moses would be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to our sinful nature (flesh) but according to the Holy Spirit.
(5) Those who live according to the sinful nature (flesh) continually have their minds (thinking, will) focused on what the sinful nature (flesh) desires; but those who live according to the Holy Spirit continually have their minds focused on what the Holy Spirit desires. (6) The mind controlled by the sinful nature (flesh) produces death, but the mind governed by the Holy Spirit produces life and peace. (7) The mind governed by the sinful nature (flesh) is hostile toward God, because it does not obey (submit to) God’s teaching (law), nor can it do so. (8) Those who live according to the sinful nature (flesh) cannot please God.
(9) However, you Christians do not live by the power of the sinful nature (flesh) but you live by the power of the Holy Spirit—if indeed the Holy Spirit lives within you. And whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ living within them does not belong to Christ (is not a Christian). (10) But if Christ lives in you, then even though your physical body is subject to death because of the power of sin, the Holy Spirit gives us life because of righteousness. (11) And if the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead lives within you, he will also give life to your perishable (mortal) bodies.
(12) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, we have a responsibility (obligation)—but it is not to live according to the sinful nature (flesh). (13) For if you live according to the sinful nature (flesh), you will die; but if you live by the Holy Spirit and put to death the sinful misdeeds of the body, you will live.
We Are God’s Children
(14) For all who are led (guided) by the Holy Spirit are the children of God. (15) The Holy Spirit you received is not the spirit of slavery, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Holy Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by the Holy Spirit we cry out, “Abba (Aramaic for “father”), Father!”
(16) The Holy Spirit testifies (unites) with our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings so that we will also share in his majestic glory.
Present Suffering and Future Glory
(18) I believe that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the future glory that will be revealed in us.
(19) For God’s creation waits (looks forward) in eager expectation for God’s children to be revealed. (20) For the creation was given over to futility, not by its own choice, but by the will of God who subjected it, in hope (21) that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and majestic glory of the children of God. (22) We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
(23) Not only creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits (first agriculture produce of the season) of the Holy Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait expectantly (in hope) for our adoption as God’s children—which is, the redemption of our bodies. (24) For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what they already have? (25) But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it through patience.
(26) In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (finiteness). For we do not know what we should pray for, but the Holy Spirit intercedes (prays) for us with inward groans that we cannot put into words. (27) And God who examines (searches) our hearts knows the mind (purposes) of the Holy Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
(28) And we are convinced that in all of life’s circumstances God works for the eternal good of those who love him, who have been called according to his redemptive purpose. (29) For those God foreknew (knew beforehand) he also foreordained (predestined) to become transformed (conformed) into the image (likeness) of his Son, so that he would be the first resurrected (first-born) among many believers. (30) And those whom God chose, he also called; those whom he called, he also made right with God (declared righteous, justified); those whom he justified, he also glorified (gave majestic greatness).
We Are Conquerors in Jesus Christ
(31) Therefore, what then should we say in response to all these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) For God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all on the cross—how will he not also, along with Christ, graciously give us all things?
(33) Who will bring any guilty charge against God’s chosen people? It is God who makes us right with him (declares righteous, justifies). (34) Who then is the one who condemns us (finds us guilty)? No one! For it was Jesus Christ who died—more than that, who was raised to life—and is now enthroned at God’s right hand and is interceding (praying) for us.
(35) Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble (difficulties) or hardship (suffering) or persecution or famine (hunger) or nakedness (poverty, lack of clothes) or danger or sword (war, death)? (36) As it is written in Psalm 44:22, “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (37) Absolutely not, because in all these circumstances of life we are more than conquerors (victorious) through him who loves us.
(38) For I am fully confident that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons (rulers), neither things present nor things in the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height (things in the heaven above) nor depth (things in the world below), nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.