Romans 8:12-20 Paraphrase

We owe no debt of gratitude to the flesh that is intent on destroying us, but to God who sacrificed so much for us and who is determined to raise us up to eternal life.

Be careful: the flesh will kill you if you keep on indulging its desires, but if by depending on the Spirit’s power you resist temptation and stop sinning then eternal life awaits you!

We’re God’s children – the proof of that is God’s Spirit leading us. Why go back to a life of slavery to sin with its accompanying fear of the consequences when we’re now God’s free children — free to love and obey him because of the liberating power that God’s Spirit (who is in us) provides? His residing within us is proof that we are indeed God’s children (in fact, he testifies to us, in the depths of our hearts, of this fact). God’s children, God’s heirs, heirs together with Christ! (He’s only begotten, we’re adopted, but we share equally in the inheritance.) But if we’re going to share in the inheritance we should also be ready to suffer just as he did.

Whatever we’re bound to suffer in this life it’s nothing compared to what’s waiting for us: glory beyond words! In fact, the natural universe can’t wait for our resurrection. To be sure, the natural universe is in the grip of decay; not that it’s how it wanted things to be, but because that’s how God planned it. But it’s only temporary. When God’s children come into their own there will be freedom even for the natural universe, freedom from decay.

 

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