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8:1But now there is nothing to condemn those who belong to Anointed Jesus,8:2because the Spirit’s law of life from Anointed Jesus freed you from the law of Failure and Death.8:3For what the law found to be impossible, since it was weak on account of the flesh, God accomplished by sending his own Son in the resemblance of failing flesh. Thus he was a Failure Offering that condemned Failure in the flesh.8:4That satisfied the law for us, who keep living according to the spirit instead of the flesh.8:5For those that are in accord with flesh are inclined to do what it wants, but those who are in accord with spirit do what is spiritual.8:6For the perspective of the flesh is death, but the perspective of the spirit is life and peace.8:7That’s because the perspective of the flesh is hostile to God since it is not under God’s law, and in fact is incapable of being under it.

8:8Now those who are of the flesh are not able to please God.8:9You, on the other hand, are not of the flesh but of spirit— if the Spirit of God has taken up residence in you. Anyone who does not have the Anointed does not belong to him.8:10But if you have the Anointed, the body is a rotting corpse because of failure, yet the spirit is alive because of justice.8:11Now if the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead has taken up residence in you, this same One will also raise up your mortal bodies by means of his Spirit residing in you.

8:12Consequently then, sisters and brothers, we are obligated— but not to live in accord with the flesh,8:13for when you do that you are in the process of dying. Yet if you live in accord with the spirit, you put the practices of the body to death, and so you will live.

8:14All those who are led by the Spirit of God are his children.8:15You did not get the spirit of slavery to fear again, but instead you got the spirit of adoption, in which we cry out “Daddy, Father!”8:16And the Spirit confirms the testimony of our own spirit that we are the children of God.8:17And being children, that makes us heirs— heirs of an inheritance from God, and joint heirs with the Anointed, since if we suffer together with him, we will also be exalted together with him.

8:18In my estimation, what we experience at this time is unworthy of comparison to the honor to be revealed in us.8:19For the created world waits in intense anticipation for the children of God to be revealed,8:20because it was unwillingly subjected to futility, in the hope8:21that it will be liberated from slavery to mortality into the honorable freedom of the children of God.8:22For we have observed that all of creation has been groaning in labor pains up to the present time.8:23And not only that, but all of us who are the first to be produced by the Spirit, groan in eager expectation of our legal adoption, which means the release of our body.8:24For it is Hope we were saved for, yet hope realized is no longer hope if what we hoped for is right in front of us.8:25But if we don’t yet see what we’re expecting, we eagerly wait for it.

8:26In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness. We don’t know how to pray to meet needs we aren’t aware of, but the Spirit pleads on our behalf with unspeakable emotion.8:27The One who searches hearts knows the perspective of the Spirit, since the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of the holy ones.8:28And we know that for those who love God, everything works together for their good, to those called according to his purposes.8:29He prearranged it that those he knew about in advance would be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many siblings.8:30Now those he prearranged he also called; those he called he also justified; those he justified he also exalted.

8:31So then, what can we say about all these things? If God is on our side, who is against us?8:32Surely he who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for all our sakes— will he not graciously give us everything else as well?8:33Who can bring a charge against the chosen ones of God? God is the one who acquits us,8:34so who is the one who condemns? The One who died and yet rose again, Jesus the Anointed, stands at God’s right as our advocate!

8:35What can ever separate us from the love of the Anointed— oppression, or constriction, or persecution, or famine, or deprivation, or danger, or sword?8:36Just as it is written, “On account of you we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”8:37No! We are absolute conquerors through the One who loves us.8:38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither Messengers nor rulers, neither what is nor what approaches, neither powers8:39nor height nor depth nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God and of Anointed Jesus our Master.