Romans 8

Life in the Spirit

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, a who 1 do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For b the law of c the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from d the law of sin and death. 3 For e what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, f God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who g do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For h those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, i the things of the Spirit. 6 For j to be 2 carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because k the 3 carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, l nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of m Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, n He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies 4 through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Heirs with Christ

12 o Therefore, brethren, we are debtors - not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For p if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you q put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For r as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For s you did not receive the spirit of bondage again t to fear, but you received the u Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, v "Abba, 5 Father." 16 w The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then x heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, y if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Future Glory

18 For I consider that z the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For a the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For b the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of 6 corruption into the glorious c liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation d groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have e the firstfruits of the Spirit, f even we ourselves groan g within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the h redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but i hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For j we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but k the Spirit Himself makes intercession 7 for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now l He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints m according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those n who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom o He foreknew, p He also predestined q to be conformed to the image of His Son, r that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also s called; whom He called, these He also t justified; and whom He justified, these He also u glorified.

God's Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? v If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 w He who did not spare His own Son, but x delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? y It is God who justifies. 34 z Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, a who is even at the right hand of God, b who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written:
c "For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." 8

37 d Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor e principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. Cross References
    Galatians 5:16
    I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 6:18
    And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
    Romans 6:22
    But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:45
    And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 7:24
    O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
    Romans 7:25
    I thank God - through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
  5. Cross References
    Acts 13:39
    And by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
    Hebrews 7:18
    For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness.
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:21
    For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
    Galatians 3:13
    Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree").
  7. Cross References
    Romans 6:4
    Therefore we were buried with Him through bapti...
    2 Corinthians 5:7
    For we walk by faith, not by sight.
    Galatians 5:16
    I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall n...
    Galatians 5:25
    If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in t...
    Ephesians 4:1
    I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech...
    Ephesians 5:2
    And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us a...
    Ephesians 5:15
    See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fo...
    1 John 1:7
    But if we walk in the light as He is in the lig...
    1 John 2:6
    He who says he abides in Him ought himself also...
  8. Cross References
    John 3:6
    That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  9. Cross References
    Galatians 5:22 - 25
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
  10. Cross References
    Galatians 6:8
    For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
  11. Cross References
    James 4:4
    Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:14
    But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 2:24
    Whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
    Romans 6:4
    Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  14. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:14
    And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
  15. Cross References
    Romans 6:7
    For he who has died has been freed from sin.
    Romans 6:14
    For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
  16. Cross References
    Galatians 6:8
    For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
  17. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:22
    That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.
    Colossians 3:5 - 10
    Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
  18. Cross References
    Galatians 5:18
    But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
  19. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:12
    Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
    Hebrews 2:15
    And release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
  20. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:7
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  21. Cross References
    Isaiah 56:5
    Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off.
  22. Cross References
    Mark 14:36
    And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.
    Galatians 4:6
    And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!
  23. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:13
    In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
  24. Cross References
    Acts 26:18
    'to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
  25. Cross References
    Philippians 1:29
    For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
  26. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 4:17
    For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
    1 Peter 1:6
    In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.
    1 Peter 4:13
    But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
  27. Cross References
    2 Peter 3:13
    Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
  28. Cross References
    Genesis 3:17 - 19
    Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
  29. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 3:17
    Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
    Galatians 5:1
    Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
    Galatians 5:13
    For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
  30. Cross References
    Jeremiah 12:4
    How long will the land mourn, And the herbs of every field wither? The beasts and birds are consumed, For the wickedness of those who dwell there, Because they said, "He will not see our final end.
    Jeremiah 12:11
    They have made it desolate; Desolate, it mourns to Me; The whole land is made desolate, Because no one takes it to heart.
  31. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:5
    Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
    Ephesians 1:14
    Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
  32. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:2
    For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.
    2 Corinthians 5:4
    For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
  33. Cross References
    Luke 20:36
    Nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
  34. Cross References
    Luke 21:28
    "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
    Ephesians 1:14
    Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
    Ephesians 4:30
    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
    Philippians 3:20
    For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 3:21
    Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
  35. Cross References
    Romans 4:18
    Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be.
    2 Corinthians 5:7
    For we walk by faith, not by sight.
    Hebrews 11:1
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  36. Cross References
    Matthew 20:22
    But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able.
    2 Corinthians 12:8
    Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
  37. Cross References
    John 14:16
    And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever -
    Romans 8:15
    For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father.
    Ephesians 6:18
    Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints -
  38. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 28:9
    As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
  39. Cross References
    1 John 5:14
    Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
  40. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:9
    Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
  41. Cross References
    2 Timothy 2:19
    Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
  42. Cross References
    Romans 9:23
    And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory.
    1 Corinthians 2:7
    But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.
    Ephesians 1:5
    Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
    Ephesians 1:11
    In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
  43. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 3:18
    But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
  44. Cross References
    Colossians 1:15
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
    Colossians 1:18
    And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
    Hebrews 1:6
    But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him.
  45. Cross References
    Romans 8:28
    And we know that all things work together for g...
    Romans 9:24
    Even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, b...
    1 Corinthians 1:9
    God is faithful, by whom you were called into t...
    Galatians 1:6
    I marvel that you are turning away so soon from...
    Galatians 1:15
    But when it pleased God, who separated me from ...
    Galatians 5:8
    This persuasion does not come from Him who call...
    Ephesians 1:11
    In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, be...
    Ephesians 3:11
    According to the eternal purpose which He accom...
    2 Thessalonians 2:14
    To which He called you by our gospel, for the o...
    Hebrews 9:15
    And for this reason He is the Mediator of the n...
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen generation, a royal priest...
    1 Peter 3:9
    Not returning evil for evil or reviling for rev...
  46. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:11
    And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
    Galatians 2:16
    Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
  47. Cross References
    John 17:22
    And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
    Romans 8:21
    Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
  48. Cross References
    Numbers 14:9
    "Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."
  49. Cross References
    Romans 5:6
    For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
    Romans 5:10
    For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
  50. Cross References
    Romans 4:25
    Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
  51. Cross References
    Isaiah 50:8
    He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me.
    Isaiah 50:9
    Surely the Lord GOD will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; The moth will eat them up.
    Revelation 12:10
    Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
  52. Cross References
    John 3:18
    He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
  53. Cross References
    Mark 16:19
    So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
    Colossians 3:1
    If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
    Hebrews 1:3
    Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
  54. Cross References
    Hebrews 7:25
    Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
    Hebrews 9:24
    For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
  55. Cross References
    Psalms 44:22
    Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; W...
    Acts 20:24
    But none of these things move me; nor do I coun...
    1 Corinthians 4:9
    For I think that God has displayed us, the apos...
    1 Corinthians 15:30
    And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
    2 Corinthians 1:9
    Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves,...
    2 Corinthians 4:10
    Always carrying about in the body the dying of ...
    2 Corinthians 6:9
    As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and b...
    2 Corinthians 11:23
    Are they ministers of Christ? - I speak as a fo...
  56. Cross References
    John 16:33
    "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
    1 Corinthians 15:57
    But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    2 Corinthians 2:14
    Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
    1 John 5:4
    For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.
  57. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:24
    Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
    Ephesians 1:21
    Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
    1 Peter 3:22
    Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
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