16 The Spirit Himself (A)testifies with our spirit that we are (B)children of God, 17 and if children, (C)heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, (D)if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (E)are not worthy to be compared with the (F)glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the (G)anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for (H)the revealing of the (I)sons of God. 20 For the creation (J)was subjected to (K)futility, not willingly, but (L)because of Him who subjected it, [a]in hope 21 that (M)the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation (N)groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 (O)And not only this, but also we ourselves, having (P)the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves (Q)groan within ourselves, (R)waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, (S)the redemption of our body. 24 For (T)in hope we have been saved, but (U)hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But (V)if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Our Victory in Christ

26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for (W)we do not know how to pray as we should, but (X)the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and (Y)He who searches the hearts knows what (Z)the mind of the Spirit is, because He (AA)intercedes for the [b]saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that [c]God causes (AB)all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are (AC)called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He (AD)foreknew, He also (AE)predestined to become (AF)conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the (AG)firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He (AH)predestined, He also (AI)called; and these whom He called, He also (AJ)justified; and these whom He justified, He also (AK)glorified.

31 (AL)What then shall we say to these things? (AM)If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who (AN)did not spare His own Son, but (AO)delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against (AP)God’s elect? (AQ)God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who (AR)condemns? Christ Jesus is He who (AS)died, yes, rather who was [d](AT)raised, who is (AU)at the right hand of God, who also (AV)intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from (AW)the love of [e]Christ? Will (AX)tribulation, or distress, or (AY)persecution, or (AZ)famine, or (BA)nakedness, or (BB)peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,

(BC)For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly (BD)conquer through (BE)Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither (BF)death, nor life, nor (BG)angels, nor principalities, nor (BH)things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from (BI)the love of God, which is (BJ)in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 8:20 Or in hope; because the creation
  2. Romans 8:27 Or holy ones
  3. Romans 8:28 One early ms reads all things work together for good
  4. Romans 8:34 One early ms reads raised from the dead
  5. Romans 8:35 Two early mss read God

Children of God Love One Another

See [a](A)how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called (B)children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because (C)it did not know Him. (D)Beloved, now we are (E)children of God, and (F)it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He (G)appears, we will be (H)like Him, because we will (I)see Him just as He is.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 3:1 Lit what kind of love

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