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For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
References for Romans 8:20
that 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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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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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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