Every once in a while, Paul breaks out in his writings & comes up with something that can only be described as monolithic.
That's what this chapter from Romans is to me - monolithic, epic, something that resounds through the millennia...
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our
So God did what the law could not do.
He sent his own
Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.
And in that body God
declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a
sacrifice for our sins.
4 He did this so that the just
requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us,
who no longer
follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things,
those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that
please the Spirit.
6 So letting your sinful nature
control your mind leads to death.
But letting the Spirit control your
mind leads to life and peace.
7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God.
It never did obey God's laws,
and it never will.
8 That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
you are not controlled by your sinful nature.
You are controlled by the
Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
(And remember that
those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong
to him at all.)
10 And Christ lives within you,
though your body will die because of sin,
the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.
11 The Spirit
of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
And just as God
raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal
bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
if you live by its dictates, you will die.
But if through the power of
the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.
you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.
we call him, "Abba, Father."
16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children.
since we are his children, we are his heirs.
In fact, together with
Christ we are heirs of God's glory.
But if we are to share his glory, we
must also share his suffering.
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse.
But with eager hope,21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay.
22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us
as a foretaste of future glory,
for we long for our bodies to be
released from sin and suffering.
We, too, wait with eager hope for the
day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,
including the new bodies he has promised us.
24 We were given this hope when we were saved.
(If we already have something, we don't need to hope for it.
25 But if we look forward to something we don't yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.
For example, we don't know
what God wants us to pray for.
But the Holy Spirit prays for us with
groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
27 And the
Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying,
Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.
we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of
those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
God knew his people in advance,
and he chose them to become like his
so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and
30 And having chosen them, he called them to
come to him.
And having called them, he gave them right standing with
And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?
If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all,
won't he also give us everything else?
33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?
No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
then will condemn us?
No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was
raised to life for us,
and he is sitting in the place of honor at God's
right hand, pleading for us.
anything ever separate us from Christ's love?
Does it mean he no longer
loves us if we have trouble or calamity,
or are persecuted,
or in danger,
or threatened with death?
36 (As the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.")
37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love.
Neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears
for today nor our worries about tomorrow;
not even the powers of hell can
separate us from God's love.
39 No power in the sky
above or in the earth below;
indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be
able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ
Jesus our Lord.