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The Spirit Of Man 

 

 

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    Romans 7

New Living Translation (NLT)

No Longer Bound to the Law

Now, dear brothers and sisters[a]—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living? For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. When we were controlled by our old nature,[b] sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

God’s Law Reveals Our Sin

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”[c] But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, 10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead. 11 Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. 12 But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.

13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.

Struggling with Sin

14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[d] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power[e] within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

 

 

 

Chapter 17

Video Continued From Chapter 16

 

 

 

We will start with the spirit of man.

 

Learning To Walk In the Spirit

 

Matthew 10:38-39 New Living Translation (NLT)

38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me,

you are not worthy of being mine.

39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it;

 but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

 

Matthew 16:24-26 New Living Translation (NLT)

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower,

you must turn from your selfish ways,

take up your cross, and follow me.

25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.

But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[a] Is anything worth more than your soul?

 

Lady at the well

 

John 4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

Changing Her Focus

Jesus[a] knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.

He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.[b] She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.

14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.

17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.

Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim,[c] where our ancestors worshiped?”

21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer Matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus told her, I am the Messiah!”[d]

 

On The Cross

 

John 19:33-34 New Living Translation (NLT)

33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear,

and immediately blood and water flowed out.

 

 

Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb Daily

 

Hebrews 9:14

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
 

 

Washed Daily In The Word

 

Ephesians 5:25-27 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[a] 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

Ephesians 5:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

 

John 17:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth.

Your word is truth.

 

The Power Of the Spirit Of Man

 

Justified By your words

 

Matthew 12:36-37 New King James Version (NKJV)

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

 

Speak The Word

 

Mark 11:20-24 New Living Translation (NLT)

20 The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. 21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”

22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

 

 

 

Focus Of the Spirit

 

Matthew 6:31-33 New Living Translation (NLT)

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 

Luke 12:29-31 New Living Translation (NLT)

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

 

List Everything That You Own It's Cost % Of Time Used To Build The Kingdom % Of Time Used To Satisfy The Flesh Which Side Of The Balance, Left Or Right
         

 

Matthew 25:31-46 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Final Judgment

31 “But when the Son of Man[a] comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations[b] will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[c] you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.[d] 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

 

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Through the study of Jesus, God's Word,

a person will develop an understanding of and the importance of

 the confession of the Word of God.

Through the understanding and the confession Of The Word,

a persons spirit can be recreated or born again.

(Click Here For The Study On Being Born Again.)

Through the new birth we will become a child of God. 

The spirit of man and the mind of man which we will study next,

are both changed in different ways, yet are changed

with the study, meditation and confession of the Word of God.

 

The Spirit

From the Thompson Chain Concordance,

4151. pneuma, pnyoo'-mah; from G4154;

a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze;

 by anal. or fig. a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by impl.)

vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God,

 Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit:--ghost,

life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Comp. G5590.

 

 

The New Birth

 

Lets start with the new birth.

The spirit of man can be born again

or become a new creation

which is referred to as being save.

Save meaning saved from the pit of hell.

 

 

 

(John 3:3 - 7 NKJV)  

3 Jesus answered and said to him,

"Most assuredly, I say to you,

unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

 4 Nicodemus said to Him,

"How can a man be born when he is old?

Can he enter a second time into

his mother's womb and be born?"

 5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly,

I say to you, unless one is born

 of water and the Spirit,

he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and

that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 "Do not marvel that I said to you,

'You must be born again.'

 

 

Living the New Life

 

Colossians 3:1-16 New Living Translation (NLT)

Living the New Life

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,

set your sights on the realities of heaven,

where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

And when Christ, who is your[a] life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.

 Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.[b]

You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.

 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t Matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[c] circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,[d] slave, or free.

Christ is all that Matters, and he lives in all of us.

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.

Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.

 Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

 

 

Galatians 6:14 New Living Translation (NLT)

14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Because of that cross,[a] my interest in this world has been crucified,

and the world’s interest in me has also died.

 

 

Eternal Existence Of the Spirit Of Man

 

Luke 16:19-31 New International Version (NIV)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.

The rich man also died and was buried.

 23 In Hades, where he was in torment,

he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham,

have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,

because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,

28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them,

so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said,

 ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets,

they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

 

Revelation 20:7-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

satan's Influence Over The Flesh and The Fallen Nature Of Man.

 The Defeat of satan

When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city.

But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet.

There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The Final Judgment

11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it.

The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.

12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne.

And the books were opened, including the Book of Life.

And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.

13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave[a] gave up their dead.

And all were judged according to their deeds.

14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire.

This lake of fire is the second death.

15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life

was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

 

 

 

State Of Being After

 

Galatians 2:20 New King James Version (NKJV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

(2 Cor 5:14 - 17 NKJV)

14 For the love of Christ compels us,

because we judge thus: that if One died for all,

then all died;

15 and He died for all, that

those who live should live no longer for themselves,

 but for Him who died for them and rose again.

16 Therefore, from now on,

we regard no one according to the flesh.

Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh,

yet now we know Him thus no longer.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

When we accept Jesus as Savior our spirit is born again,

recreated, becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus.

 

(Rom 10:8 – 11 NKJV)

8 But what does it say?

"The word is near you,

 in your mouth and in your heart"

(that is, the word of faith which we preach):

 9 that if you confess with your mouth

 the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart

 that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,

and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the Scripture says,

"Whoever believes on Him

will not be put to shame."

 

To become a child of God

the spirit of man must be born again,

become a new creation, must be saved..

 To be saved we must

 believe in our hearts

and confess with our mouth

that,

Jesus is the son of God,

That He died on the cross to save me from sin,

That He was raised from the dead

 and became a living Savior for

all who would believe on His Name.

 

By doing this the spirit of man is born again,

recreated, saved from the pit of hell,

adopted into the family of God.

 

James 4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Drawing Close to God

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you?

 Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?

You want what you don’t have,

so you scheme and kill to get it.

 You are jealous of what others have,

but you can’t get it,

so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.

Yet you don’t have what you want

because you don’t ask God for it.

And even when you ask,

you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—

you want only what will give you pleasure.

 

You adulterers![a]

 Don’t you realize that friendship with the world

makes you an enemy of God?

I say it again:

If you want to be a friend of the world,

you make yourself an enemy of God.

 

Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning?

 They say that God is passionate that the spirit

he has placed within us should be faithful to him.[b]

 

And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,

“God opposes the proud
    but gives grace to the humble.”[c]

 

So humble yourselves before God.

 Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 Come close to God,

 and God will come close to you.

 

Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts,

 for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

 

Let there be tears for what you have done.

Let there be sorrow and deep grief.

Let there be sadness instead of laughter,

and gloom instead of joy. 10 

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

Warning against Judging Others

11 Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters.[d] If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. 12 God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

Warning about Self-Confidence

13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.

17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

 

 

After salvation to love the Lord with

all our heart we must feed our spirits

with regular meals of the

Word to be able to grow spiritually.

 

(John 21:15 - 17NKJV)

15 So when they had eaten breakfast,

Jesus said to Simon Peter,

 "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?"

He said to Him,

 "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."

 He said to him, "Feed My lambs."

16 He said to him again a second time,

 "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?"

He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."

 He said to him, "Tend My sheep."

17 He said to him the third time,

"Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?"

Peter was grieved because

He said to him the third time,

 "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him,

"Lord, You know all things;

You know that I love You."

Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.

 

(1 Cor 3:1 - 3 NKJV)

1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual

people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.

 

2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food;

for until now you were not able to receive it,

and even now you are still not able;

 

3 for you are still carnal.

For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you,

are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

 

(Heb 5:9 -14 NKJV

9 And having been perfected,

He became the author of eternal

salvation to all who obey Him,

 10 called by God as High Priest

 "according to the order of Melchizedek,"

11 of whom we have much to say,

and hard to explain,

since you have become dull of hearing.

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers,

you need someone to teach you again the first principles

 of the oracles of God;

 and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled

in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age,

that is, those who by reason of use have

their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

To fill our heart, our spirits with the Word of God

 will enable us to know the difference

 between what God calls good and evil.

 

To love the Lord God with all our heart

 is to know His Word and how to live a life

pleasing to him based on His Word.

To be filled with the Word is to be filled with Jesus

 

(John 1:1 – 14 NKJV)

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word,

 and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made through Him,

 and without Him nothing was made that was made.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

 5 And the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness did not comprehend it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

 7 This man came for a witness,

to bear witness of the Light,

that all through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light,

but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light which gives light

 to every man coming into the world.

10 He was in the world,

and the world was made through Him,

and the world did not know Him.

11 He came to His own,

and His own did not receive Him.

12 But as many as received Him,

to them He gave the right

to become children of God,

to those who believe in His name:

13 who were born, not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh,

 nor of the will of man,

 but of God.

14 And the Word became

flesh and dwelt among us,

 and we beheld His glory,

the glory as of the

 only begotten of the Father,

full of grace and truth.

 

When we become obsessed with

being filled with the Word,

then and only then will we

understand what is meant when the Words says,

It is no longer I who lives,

but Christ Who lives in me.

 

 

 

 

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Romans 8

New Living Translation (NLT)

Life in the Spirit

8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.[c] 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. 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.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But 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, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life[d] 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,[e] you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For 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,[f] you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[g] of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[h] Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”[i] 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And 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.

The Future Glory

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. 23 And 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,[j] 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[k] for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

26 And 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, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[l] in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn[n] among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

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. 34 Who 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.

35 Can 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 hungry, or destitute, 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.”[o]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[p] 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.