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1So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty.
2Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made me
free from the law that brings sin and death. 3The law was without power,
because the law was made weak by our sinful selves. But God did what the
law could not do. He sent his own Son to earth with the same human life
that others use for sin. By sending his Son to be an offering to pay for
sin, God used a human life to destroy sin. 4He did this so that we could
be the kind of people the law correctly wants us to be. Now we do not
live following our sinful selves, but we live following the Spirit.
5Those who live following their sinful selves think only about things
that their sinful selves want. But those who live following the Spirit
are thinking about the things the Spirit wants them to do. 6If peopleís
thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if their
thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace. 7When
peopleís thinking is controlled by the sinful self, they are against
God, because they refuse to obey Godís law and really are not even
able to obey Godís law. 8Those people who are ruled by their sinful
selves cannot please God.
9But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the
Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. But the person who
does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ. 10Your
body will always be dead because of sin. But if Christ is in you, then
the Spirit gives you life, because Christ made you right with God. 11God
raised Jesus from the dead, and if Godís Spirit is living in you, he
will also give life to your bodies that die. God is the One who raised
Christ from the dead, and he will give life through his Spirit that
lives in you.
12So, my brothers and sisters, we must not be ruled by our sinful
selves or live the way our sinful selves want. 13If you use your lives
to do the wrong things your sinful selves want, you will die
spiritually. But if you use the Spiritís help to stop doing the wrong
things you do with your body, you will have true life.
14The true children of God are those who let Godís Spirit lead
them. 15The Spirit we received does not make us slaves again to fear; it
makes us children of God. With that Spirit we cry out,
"Father." 16And the Spirit
himself joins with our spirits to say we are Godís children. 17If we
are Godís children, we will receive blessings from God together with
Christ. But we must suffer as Christ suffered so that we will have glory
as Christ has glory.
Our Future Glory
18The sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory
that will be shown to us. 19Everything God made is waiting with
excitement for God to show his childrenís glory completely. 20Everything God made was changed to become useless, not by its own wish
but because God wanted it and because all along there was this hope: 21that everything God made would be set free from ruin to have the
freedom and glory that belong to Godís children.
22We know that everything God made has been waiting until now in
pain, like a woman ready to give birth. 23Not only the world, but we
also have been waiting with pain inside us. We have the Spirit as the
first part of Godís promise. So we are waiting for God to finish
making us his own children, which means our bodies will be made free. 24We were saved, and we have this hope. If we see what we are waiting
for, that is not really hope. People do not hope for something they
already have. 25But we are hoping for something we do not have yet, and
we are waiting for it patiently.
26Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to
pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even
begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. 27God can
see what is in peopleís hearts. And he knows what is in the mind of
the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way
28We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love
him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan. 29God
knew them before he made the world, and he decided that they would be
like his Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn
of many brothers. 30God planned for them to be like his Son; and those
he planned to be like his Son, he also called; and those he called, he
also made right with him; and those he made right, he also glorified.