1 So now those who belong to Christ Jesus will not be judged.
2 The Spirit gives life in Christ Jesus. And the law of the Spirit has set me free from the law of wrong things, and the law of death.
3 God has done what the law could not do. The things people did made the law weak. God sent his own Son in a body of man. His body was like the bodies which others use to do wrong things. He sent him because people have done wrong things. And he judged the wrong things people have done in their bodies.
4 He did this so that we might be good people as the law said we should be. We are good people if we live the way the Spirit wants us to live, not the way our bodies want to live.
5 Some people live the way their bodies want to live. They think only about the things their bodies want to do. Other people live the way the Spirit wants them to live. They think about the things the Spirit wants them to do.
6 If you keep your mind on the things your bodies want to do, you will die. But if you keep your mind on the things the Spirit wants, you will live and have peace.
7 People who think about the things of this life are Gods enemies. They do not obey Gods law. They cannot obey it.
8 People who do what their bodies want cannot please God.
9 Does Gods Spirit live in you? If he does, then you are not living the way the body wants, but you are living the way the Spirit wants. If anyone does not have Christs Spirit, he does not belong to Christ.
10 But if Christ is in you, your bodies are dead because of the wrong things you have done. But your spirits live because you have been made right with God.
11 God raised Christ Jesus from death. Does Gods Spirit live in you? Then God will also give life to your bodies which die. He does this through his Spirit who lives in you.
12 So, my brothers, we must not live the way our bodies want us to live. We must not be ruled by our wrong ways.
13 If you live the way your bodies wants to live, you will die. But if, by the help of the Spirit, you stop doing the wrong things your bodies want to do, you will live.
14 All who do what Gods Spirit leads them to do are Gods sons.
15 The Holy Spirit you have received does not make you a slave again so that you are afraid. But the Spirit you have received makes you sons of God.
16 So we say, Father! Father! The Spirit himself also, along with our own spirits, tells us that we are Gods children.
17 If we are his children, God will give us the good things that children receive. He will give us these blessings along with Christ. He will give it to us if we suffer with Christ. If we suffer with Christ, we will also be made great with him.
18 I think that the troubles we have in this life are nothing when we think of the great things that we shall have.
19 The whole world is waiting for the time when the sons of God will be seen.
20 The world was spoiled. It did not want to be spoiled, but God allowed it.
21 And it hoped to be free like Gods children when they are made great.
22 We know that the whole world has been crying. It has had much pain until now.
23 And not the world only, but we ourselves also cry out. We have the first blessing God gives of his Spirit. But we cry out in our hearts. We are waiting for God to finish making us his sons. Then our bodies will be set free.
24 That is what we hoped for when we were saved. When the thing hoped for is seen, there is no more hoping. When a person sees a thing, how can he hope for it?
25 But if we hope for something we do not see, we keep on waiting for it.
26 Also the Spirit helps us because we are weak. We do not know how we should talk to God. But the Spirit himself talks to God for us, while we cry and cannot say any words.
27 God looks to see what is in peoples hearts. And he knows what the Spirit is going to do. The Spirit talks to God for Gods people. And he asks for them what God wants them to have.
28 We know that God works out everything for the good of those who love him. They are the people who are part of his plan.
29 He knew all along that he would choose them. He chose them to be made like his Son. Then his Son would be the first one of many brothers.
30 He chose them and he also called them. He called them to himself as if they had never been bad people. He made them right with himself and he also made them great in heaven.
31 So what shall we say about this? If God is on our side, who can be against us?
32 He did not keep his own Son, but gave him up for us all. Because he has given him to us, will he not also give us all other things?
33 Who will say anything against Gods chosen people? For it is God himself who says they have been put right with him.
34 Who will say they are not right? Jesus Christ died. Yes, he was raised from death. He is at the right side of God. And he talks to God for us.
35 Who can take us away from Christs love? We may have trouble. We may have hard times. People may make us suffer because we believe. We may have no food to eat and no clothes to wear. We may be in danger. We may be killed with big knives. Can any of these things take us away from Christs love?
36 The holy writings say, For your sake we are killed all day. We are like sheep ready to be killed.
37 But Christ loved us. He has helped us to win great victory in all these things.
39 I know this. Death, life, angels, rulers, things happening now, things that will happen, high things, low things; nothing else in all the world can come between us and Gods love in Christ Jesus our Lord.