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1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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1 Sarah R = "In the previous chapter Paul talked about how we are dead in sin and do the things we should not do. Now he is returning to his theme of grace and showing how even though we deserve punishment for the sins we have committed before God, through faith in Jesus Christ we are condemned no longer!"
2 Deena E = "I've had the tendency to beat myself up whenever I'd mess up or get off track, so much so to the point of it being immobilizing. This scripture has been an encouragingly gentle reminder for me to carry on in Christ's grace. If He does not condemn us, why should we condemn ourselves?"
3 Sarah R = "After we place our faith in Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit which helps us to live a more righteous life and to leave behind our sinful ways."
4 Sarah R = "¨The power of sin and death has been eclipsed by the power of the Spirit. The Spirit breathes life into our mortal, sin-infested bodies—thanks to what Jesus has done for us. By sending His Son in “the likeness of sinful flesh,” God judges sin finally and completely. The sins of the world are concentrated and condemned in the flesh of Jesus as He hangs on the cross. So now there is no condemnation remaining for those who’ve entered into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.¨- Romans 8:2 study note, The Voice Bible"
5 Sarah R = "The Old Testament law could not ultimately bring salvation because human nature is weak and unable to actually fully comply with the law. Paul states that ´all have sinned´(Romans 3:23) and ´there is none righteous, not even one´ (Romans 3:10). Therefore the law rather than being a route of salvation in itself showed us our need for a Savior."
6 Sarah R = "Jesus, the Son of God, was human in flesh, though He never sinned. Theologians disagree on whether or not He had the capacity to sin, as though He was God He was wrapped in humanity. Either way, all theologians agree that He never did sin, making Him the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world."
7 Cary W = "It is pretty clear when our minds are on the Spirit and the things of the Spirit, rather than on the things of the world.  We feel more love, peace and joy and seek to bless all those around us with the very same gifts given us while attending to God."
8 Ben N = "A state of consciousness conditioned by the senses, by materialism; wholly caught up in the selfish craving for wealth and pleasure, giving no thought to God or morality."
9 Sarah R = "¨But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!¨- Romans 8:9-11 The Message Bible"
10 Cary W = "This is the promise of perfect mind and health.  We must clothe ourselves daily in the identification of Christ, so that His love and life may infuse every member of our soul and body.If ye eye be single, then the whole body will be full of light."
11 Sarah R = "Paul also says this in this way:¨For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.¨ Romans 6:23"
12 Cary W = "It is only as we follow the leading, guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, our own personal teacher, do we reveal to ourselves and the world our true identity as God's children."
13 Cary W = "Some find Christ out of fear of hell and punishment, others find Him because they long for unbroken fellowship with God the Father.  Either way, the work of God is to restore son-ship to are being, so that we may enter into His Chambers and fellowship and sup with the living God."
14 Sarah R = "¨As Paul ponders the story of redemption, he finds in the family unit a beautiful image of what salvation means. Those who enter into God’s salvation are adopted into God’s family. Before we receive the gift of God’s grace, we are homeless orphans searching for some place to belong. But now all that has changed. The Father reaches out through His Son to all those orphaned by sin and death, and He brings them into His family. We are adopted into His forever family and fully enfranchised as His heirs.¨- The Voice Bible note for Romans 8:15"
15 Sarah R = "“Abba is the transliteration of the Aramaic word for father. It occurs three times in the New Testament. It is always used as a direct address to God the Father. In Mark 14:36 Jesus uses it when He asks the Father to take away his cup. In Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6 it is the cry of the Spirit of God in the believer.  “Historically, this word would be used during New Testament times by a child addressing his or her father. It would have been akin to the modern use of papa. However, the New Testament writers are careful to avoid too great a familiarity in addressing God. Instead of translating Abba, they transliterate it, so that it takes on special significance in reference to God. Then, Abba is used in conjunction with the word Father – “Abba, Father.” Father is the translation of Abba, but by putting the two together, the address to God is both personalized and kept in the proper tone of respect. The double title has both intimacy and dignity.”- http://www.learnthebible.org/abba.html"
16 Ben N = "The Spirit of God dwells in us, and gives us life. We are His children, created in His image and likeness, each a member of the body of Christ. Like Christ we suffer, and like Christ we may overcome that suffering through forgiveness, humility and love; and thus live in the grace of God and partake in His glory."
17 Cary W = "The work of the Father began in Jesus, now continues in us His body, until all is brought under God.  We are continuing the work, struggle and sufferings of Christ until all things be redeemed, washed and sanctified.We continue to grow our joint inheritance with Christ with each victory made, every sinner converted, and every soul that finds their way home through the atonement."
18 Sarah R = "Paul suffered a lot for Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 and 12:7b-10). Yet he states here that all that he suffered cannot compare to the glory that awaits him in eternal life with Jesus. In other words, suffering matters little in light of an eternity with God. "
19 Cary W = "All of nature and all her creatures live in harmony with God, and so grieve and hope with God that His Children will emerge in our lives so that we can get back to tending this lovely garden He has given us.....they need us as much as we need them!"
20 Ralph R = "Emancipation. The word means to declare a son free and independent of his father’s power. What it actually does is take away responsibility from men. Sons were never meant to be emancipated from. They were meant to be adopted into. Let me explain. Emancipation focuses on independence, adoption focuses on inclusion. I do not mean modern adoption as you know it. I mean the age old formula that God the Father spoke over Jesus when he was baptized: This is my son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him. With this formula spoken in the gates of the city in front of the elders, a father shared his own authority with his son as he came of age. From then on, the sons word was worth the same as the fathers. Inclusion into power and authority, working together, representing each other. The son thriving on the accomplishments of the father, the father profiting of the strength and youth of his son. In contrast to breaking free into independence.The lost son emancipated himself from the father, but the father adopted him when he came back, giving him the ring of authority.Paul expects this adoption for himself in the future (verse 23). It is therefore not our salvation experience, as Paul clearly had been saved for years when writing those verses. This must be a future event in the life of a believer of maturity.Just like Pessach and Pentecost are fulfilled in individual believers (salvation and baptism of the Spirit), the last feast season of Tabernacles is as well (maturity, adoption into sonship). But all those feasts are fulfilled for the church at large. The first two have been fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus and the giving of the Holy Spirit. but the third one we are still waiting for. It will be the manifestation of the sons of God that everybody and everything is waiting for. "
21 Cary W = "We see the ill effects of man breaking God's laws all around us, in the suffering and extinction of animals and whole species, and in the desecration of the waters, plains and forests.  And so we grieve and all of creation grieves and moans for the revealing of the sons of God on earth.It is up to each one individually to align with this grace-work of adoption, so that we continually grow in manifesting the will and purposes of God on earth, until all be restored to His perfect harmony."
22 Sarah R = "¨This expression has been commonly understood as meaning the same as "the creature" in Romans8:20-21. But I understand it as having a different signification; and as being used in the natural and usual signification of the word "creature," or "creation." It refers, as I suppose, to the whole animate creation; to all living beings; to the state of all created things here, as in a condition of pain and disorder, and groaning and death. Everything which we see; every creature which lives, is thus subjected to a state of servitude, pain, vanity, and death.¨- Barnes Notes on the Bible"
23 Raymond Huerta = "This verse makes the case for blind faith, however, many theologians such as W.H. Griffith-Thomas, make the argument that faith is not blind, but "intelligent" and that it "commences with the conviction of the mind with adequate evidence..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faithhttp://www.theopedia.com/W_H_Griffith_Thomas"
24 Cary W = "There are prayers of the mind and heart, then there are prayers from the Spirit Who lives within us.  Prayers and intercessions of the Spirit are from God, for God and open the doors for God's own hand and power to manifest through us.Pray in the Spirit and with understanding; Oh magnify the Lord!"
25 Cary W = "It is so very encouraging that as we seek to love God above all things, that His gracious wise heart will use everything going on around us and in us, to work for good.  He uses it all, redeems it all, and makes even our worst errors to be our best lessons or fuel for our greatest victories."
26 Ben N = "Meaning that once we give our lives to God, and commit ourselves to knowing Him and drawing nearer to Him, then it becomes clear that every experience of life - even tribulation, loss, suffering, etc - work together to teach us and mature us, and bring us into right relationship with Christ."
27 Raymond Huerta = "Predestination is the doctrine that all events that have been and will be, are willed by God. This has often challenged the doctrine of free-will, noting that if God already has a set forth plan, are our actions truly our own? This seemly paradox in orthodoxy has been explained by various people."
28 Raymond Huerta = "If you are predestined to be a part of God's elect you will be rewarded, not only in this life, but in the afterlife as well. God's chosen people are attributed to the people of Israel.See Deuteronomy 7:6 (https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/deuteronomy/7)"
29 Sarah Mangum = ""
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31 Cary W = "He desires to give each of us, His children, the Kingdom of Heaven.  Not only does He give us His Son to clean us up and make us worthy sons and daughters again, but wants to lavish the feast of Heavenly bliss, glory, honor and riches upon us.  Such graciousness is incomparable in all the universe."
32 Raymond Huerta = "Sheep throughout the Bible are primarily used for sacrificial purposes, however, they are also an important food article.  See:Exodus 20:24 KJV1 Samuel 25:18"
33 Cary W = "This verse is most helpful in overcoming whatever may cause us concern, for with it we too can declare that nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from His love!"