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Romans 8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ's being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
2 A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
3 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn't deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,
4 And now what the law code asked for but we couldn't deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
5 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them - living and breathing God! 5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
7 Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.
8 And God isn't pleased at being ignored. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't know what we're talking about. 9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
10 But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells - even though you still experience all the limitations of sin - you yourself experience life on God's terms. 10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he'll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's! 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12 So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. 12 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation--but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.
13 There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
14 God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ""Abba," Father."
16 God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
17 And we know we are going to get what's coming to us - an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him! 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
18 That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19 The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
20 Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21 until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23 These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
24 That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?
25 But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
27 He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
28 That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
29 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30 After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
33 And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34 Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us - who was raised to life for us! - is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
35 Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
37 None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 I'm absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.