16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
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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.

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
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19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
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      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
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      21 thata the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
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        • ‡ 8:21 - Or "subjected it in hope. " 21"For"
          22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
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          23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
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          24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
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          25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
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          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 through wordless groans.
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