Romans 8:1-16, 35-39
- There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
- For the power of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus
has set you free from the power of sin and death.
- For God achieved what the law could not do
because it was weakened through the flesh.
By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,
he condemned sin in the flesh,
- so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us,
who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
- For those who live according to the flesh have the mindset of the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the Spirit have the mindset of the things of the Spirit.
- For the mindset of the flesh is death,
but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace,
- because the mindset of the flesh is hostile to God,
for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so.
- Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
- You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit,
if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.
Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him.
- But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin,
but the Spirit is your life because of righteousness.
- Moreover if the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will also make your mortal bodies alive
through his Spirit who lives in you.
- So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation,
not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh
- (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die),
but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
- For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
15. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.”
- The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children.
- Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
- As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long;
we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
- No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us!
- For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor heavenly rulers,
nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers,
- nor height, nor depth,
nor any-thing else in creation
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Updated on 2009-09-13 by Andrew Fountain