Life in the Spirit
8 1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus . 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death . 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh , God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin , He condemned sin in the flesh , 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit . 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh , but those who are according to the Spirit , the things of the Spirit . 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death , but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace , 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God ; for it does not subject itself to the law of God , for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot e please God . 9 However , you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit , if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ , he does not belong to Him.
10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin , yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness . 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then , brethren , we are under obligation , not to the flesh , to live according to the flesh - 13 for if you are living according to the flesh , you must die ; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body , you will live . 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God , these are sons of God . 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again , but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, " Abba ! Father !" 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God ,
17 and if children , heirs also , heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ , if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God . 20 For the creation was subjected to futility , not willingly , but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God . 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together e until now . 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves , having the first fruits of the Spirit , even we ourselves groan within ourselves , waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons , the redemption of our body . 24 For in hope we have been saved , but hope that is seen is not hope ; for who hopes for what he already sees ? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see , with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness ; for we do not know how to pray as we should , but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words ; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God .
More than Conquerors
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God , to those who are called according to His purpose .
29 For those whom He foreknew , He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son , so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren ; 30 and these whom He predestined , He also called ; and these whom He called , He also justified ; and these whom He justified , He also glorified .
31 What then shall we say to these things ? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son , but delivered Him over for us all , how will He not also with Him freely give us all things ? 33 Who will bring a charge against God's elect ? God is the one who justifies ; 34 who is the one who condemns ? Christ Jesus is He who died , yes , rather who was raised , who is at the right hand of God , who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ ? Will tribulation , or distress , or persecution , or famine , or nakedness , or peril , or sword ? 36 Just as it is written , " FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED ." 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death , nor life , nor angels , nor principalities , nor things present , nor things to come , nor powers , 39 nor height , nor depth , nor any other created thing , will be able to separate us from the love of God , which is in Christ Jesus our Lord .
God's Election of Israel
9 1 I am telling the truth in Christ , I am not lying , my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit , 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart . 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed , separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren , my kinsmen according to the flesh , 4 who are Israelites , to whom belongs the adoption as sons , and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises , 5 whose are the fathers , and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh , who is over all , God blessed forever . Amen .
6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed . For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel ; 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants , but: " THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED ." 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God , but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants . 9 For this is the word of promise : " AT THIS TIME I WILL COME , AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON ." 10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also , when she had conceived e twins by one man , our father Isaac ; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad , so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand , not because of works but because of Him who calls , 12 it was said to her, " THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER ." 13 Just as it is written , " JACOB I LOVED , BUT ESAU I HATED ."
14 What shall we say then ? There is no injustice with God , is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses , " I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY , AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION ." 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs , but on God who has mercy . 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh , " FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH ." 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires , and He hardens whom He desires . 19 You will say to me then , " Why does He still find fault ? For who resists His will ?" 20 On the contrary , who are you, O man , who answers back to God ? The thing molded will not say to the molder , "Why did you make me like this ," will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay , to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another e for common use ? 22 What if God , although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known , endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction ? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy , which He prepared beforehand for glory , 24 even us, whom He also called , not from among Jews only , but also from among Gentiles .
25 As He says also in Hosea , " I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE , 'MY PEOPLE ,' AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED , 'BELOVED .' " 26 " AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, 'YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE ,' THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD ." 27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel , " THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA , IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED ; 28 FOR THE Lord WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD ON THE EARTH , THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY ." 29 And just as Isaiah foretold , " UNLESS THE Lord OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY , WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE SODOM , AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED GOMORRAH ."
Righteousness Based on Faith
30 What shall we say then ? That Gentiles , who did not pursue righteousness , attained righteousness , even the righteousness which is by faith ; 31 but Israel , pursuing a law of righteousness , did not arrive at that law . 32 Why e ? Because they did not pursue it by faith , but as though it were by works . They stumbled over the stumbling stone , 33 just as it is written , " BEHOLD , I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE , AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED ."
10 1 Brethren , my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation . 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God , but not in accordance with knowledge . 3 For not knowing about God's righteousness and seeking to establish their own , they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God . 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes . 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness . 6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows : " DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART , 'WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN ?' (that is, to bring Christ down ), 7 or 'WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS ?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead )." 8 But what does it say ? " THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart "-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching , 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord , and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead , you will be saved ; 10 for with the heart a person believes , resulting in righteousness , and with the mouth he confesses , resulting in salvation . 11 For the Scripture says , " WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED ."
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek ; for the same Lord is Lord of all , abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for " WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE Lord WILL BE SAVED ." 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed ? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard ? And how will they hear without a preacher ? 15 How will they preach unless e they are sent ? Just as it is written , " HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS !" 16 However , they did not all heed the good news ; for Isaiah says , " Lord , WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT ?" 17 So faith comes from hearing , and hearing by the word of Christ . 18 But I say , surely they have never e heard , have they? Indeed they have; " THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH , AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD ." 19 But I say , surely Israel did not know , did they? First Moses says , " I WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS BY THAT WHICH IS NOT A NATION , BY A NATION WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WILL I ANGER 20 And Isaiah is very bold and says , " I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME, I BECAME MANIFEST TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME." 21 But as for Israel He says , " ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE ."