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1THE truth is that no condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are "in" Christ Jesus.

2For the new spiritual principle of life "in" Christ Jesus lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death.

3The Law never succeeded in producing righteousnessthe failure was always the weakness of human nature. But God has met this by sending his own Son to live in sinful human nature like ours. And, while Christ was dealing with sin, God condemned that sinful nature.

4Therefore we are able to meet the Law's requirements, for we are living no longer by the dictates or our sinful nature, but in obedience to the promptings of the Spirit.

5The carnal man sees no further than carnal things. But the spiritual man is concerned with the things of the spirit.

6The former attitude means, bluntly, death: the latter means life and inward peace.

7And this is only to be expected, for the carnal attitude is inevitably opposed to the purpose of God, and neither can nor will follow his Law.

8Men who hold this attitude cannot possibly please God.

9But you are not carnal but spiritual if the Spirit of God finds a home within you. You cannot, indeed, be a Christian at all unless you have something of his Spirit in you.

10Now if Christ does live within you his presence means that your sinful nature is dead, but your spirit becomes alive because of the righteousness he brings with him.

11Once the Spirit of him who raised Christ Jesus from the dead lives within you he will, by that same Spirit, bring to your whole being, yes even your mortal bodies, new strength and vitality. For he now lives in you.

12So then, my brothers, you can see that we owe no duty to our sensual nature, or to live life on the level of the instincts.

13Indeed that way of living leads to certain spiritual death. But if on the other hand you cut the nerve of your instinctive actions by obeying the Spirit, you will live.

14All who follow the leading of God's Spirit are God's own sons.

15Nor are you meant to relapse into the old slavish attitude of fearyou have been adopted into the very family circle of God and you can say with a full heart, "Father, my Father".

16The Spirit himself endorses our inward conviction that we really are the children of God.

17Think what that means. If we are his children then we are God's heirs, and all that Christ inherits will belong to all of us as well! Yes, if we share in his sufferings we shall certainly share in his glory.

18In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has in store for us.

19The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

20The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God's purpose it has been so limitedyet it has been given hope.

21And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!

22It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail.

23And it is plain, too, that we who have a foretaste of the Spirit are in a state of painful tension, while we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that we have realised our full sonship in him.

24We were saved by this hope, and let us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we do not yet see.

25For whoever hopes when he can [see]? But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.

26The Spirit also helps us in our present limitations. For example, we do not know how to pray worthily, but his Spirit within us is actually praying for us in those agonising longings which cannot find words.

27He who knows the heart's secrets understands the Spirit's intention as he prays according to God's will for those who love.

28Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.

29For God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers.

30He chose them long ago; when the time came he called them, he made them righteous in his sight, and then lifted them to the splendor of life as his own sons.

31In face of all this, what is there left to say? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32He who did not grudge his own Son but gave him up for us allcan we not trust such a God to give us, with him, everything else that we can need?

33Who would dare to accuse us, whom God has chosen? God himself has declared us free from sin.

34Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ Jesus, and Christ died for us, Christ also rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us!

35Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, pain or persecution? Can lack of clothes and food, danger to life and limb, the threat of force of arms?

36Indeed some of us know the truth of that ancient text: For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37No, in all these things we win an overwhelming victory through him who has proved his love for us.

38I have become absolutely convinced that neither death nor life, neither messenger of Heaven nor monarch of earth, neither what happens today nor what may happen tomorrow,

39neither a power from on high nor a power from below, nor anything else in God's whole world has any power to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.



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