Romans 8

       Personalized and Re-phrased

+++Because I am in Christ Jesus, I cannot fall under any condemnation; the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in me as I walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For when I live according to the flesh, I set my mind on the things of the flesh, but when I live according to the Spirit, I set my mind on the things of the Spirit. For to set my mind on the flesh is death, but to set my mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

+++When my mind is set on the flesh, it is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law — indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. I, however, am not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in me. If I didn’t have the Spirit of Christ, I wouldn’t belong to Him. But since Christ is in me, although my body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Since the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to my mortal body through His Spirit who dwells in me.

+++So then, since I am a Christian indwelled by God’s Spirit, I am a debtor, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if I live according to the flesh I will die, but if I walk in the Spirit and put to death the deeds of my body, I will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God. For I did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but I have received the Spirit of adoption as a child of God, by whom I cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself bears witness with my spirit that I am indeed a child of God, and if I am a child, then I am an heir—an heir of God and a fellow heir with Christ, provided I temporarily suffer with Him now in order that I may also be glorified with Him in the future.

+++For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to me. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

+++For I know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but I myself, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as I wait eagerly for my completed adoption as a son or daughter and the redemption of my body. For in this hope I was saved.

+++Now, hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what they see? But if I hope for what I do not see, I wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps me in my weakness. For I do not know what to pray for as I ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for me with groaning too deep for words. And He who searches my heart knows what is the mind of the indwelling Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for me according to the will of God. And I know that, for me, as one who loves God, all things work together for good because I am called according to His purpose: because He foreknew me, He also predestined me to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.

+++What then shall I say to these things? If God is for me, who can be against me? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for me, how will he not also with Him graciously give me all things? Who shall bring any charge against me? I am one of God’s elect! After all, it is God who justifies me. Who is to condemn me? Christ Jesus is the one who died for me—more than that, who was raised from the dead for me—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for me. Who shall separate me from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

++++++“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
++++++we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things I am more than conqueror through Him who loves me. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Don Cadwallader

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