We know that the whole creation has been groaning1 as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,2 groan3 inwardly as we wait eagerly4 for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.524
For in this hope we were saved.6 But hope that is seen is no hope at all.7 Who hopes for what he already has?
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.826
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit9 himself intercedes for us10 with groans that words cannot express.
And he who searches our hearts11 knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes12 for the saints in accordance with God's will.
And we know that in all things God works for the good13 of those who love him,a whob have been called14 according to his purpose.1529
For those God foreknew16 he also predestined17 to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,18 that he might be the firstborn19 among many brothers.
And those he predestined,20 he also called;21 those he called, he also justified;22 those he justified, he also glorified.2331
What, then, shall we say in response to this?24 If God is for us,25 who can be against us?2632
He who did not spare his own Son,27 but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?