Believers United to Christ

Or do you not know, (A)brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those who know the [a]Law), that the [b]Law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? For (B)the married woman is bound by law to her [c]husband as long as he is alive; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law [d]concerning the husband. So then, if while her husband is alive she [e]gives herself to another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress if she [f]gives herself to another man.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also were (C)put to death (D)in regard to the Law (E)through the body of Christ, so that you might belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were (F)in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were (G)brought to light by the Law, were at work (H)in [g]the parts of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been (I)released from the Law, having (J)died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in (K)newness of (L)the [h]Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

(M)What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? (N)[i]Far from it! On the contrary, (O)I would not have come to know sin except [j]through the Law; for I would not have known about [k]coveting if the Law had not said, “(P)You shall not [l]covet.” But sin, (Q)taking an opportunity (R)through the commandment, produced in me [m]coveting of every kind; for (S)apart [n]from the Law sin is dead. I was once alive apart [o]from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin came to life, and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was [p](T)to result in life, proved [q]to result in death for me; 11 for sin, (U)taking an opportunity (V)through the commandment, (W)deceived me, and through it, killed me. 12 (X)So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

13 Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? [r](Y)Far from it! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by bringing about my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.

The Conflict of Serving Two Masters

14 For we know that the Law is (Z)spiritual, but I am (AA)fleshly, (AB)sold [s](AC)into bondage to sin. 15 For (AD)I do not understand what I am doing; for I am not practicing (AE)what I want to do, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 However, if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with (AF)the Law, that the Law is good. 17 But now, (AG)no longer am I the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my (AH)flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For (AI)the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I do the very thing I do not want, (AJ)I am no longer the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then (AK)the [t]principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully agree with the law of God [u]in (AL)the inner person, 23 but I see (AM)a different law in [v]the parts of my body waging war against the (AN)law of my mind, and making me a prisoner [w]of (AO)the law of sin, the law which is in [x]my body’s parts. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from [y](AP)the body of this (AQ)death? 25 (AR)Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh (AS)the law of sin.

Deliverance from Bondage

Therefore there is now no (AT)condemnation at all for those who are (AU)in (AV)Christ Jesus. For (AW)the law of the Spirit of life [z]in (AX)Christ Jesus (AY)has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For (AZ)what the Law could not do, [aa](BA)weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in (BB)the likeness of [ab]sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the (BC)requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who (BD)do not walk [ac]according to the flesh but [ad]according to the Spirit. For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on (BE)the things of the flesh, but those who are in accord with the Spirit, (BF)the things of the Spirit. (BG)For the mind [ae]set on the flesh is (BH)death, but the mind [af]set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind [ag]set on the flesh is (BI)hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are (BJ)in the flesh cannot please God.

However, you are not (BK)in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God (BL)dwells in you. But (BM)if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 (BN)If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is [ah]alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who (BO)raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, (BP)He who raised (BQ)Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [ai]through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for (BR)if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are (BS)putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are (BT)being led by the Spirit of God, these are (BU)sons and daughters of God. 15 For you (BV)have not received a spirit of slavery [aj]leading to fear again, but you (BW)have received [ak]a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “(BX)Abba! [al]Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself (BY)testifies with our spirit that we are (BZ)children of God, 17 and if children, (CA)heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, (CB)if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (CC)are not worthy to be compared with the (CD)glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the (CE)eagerly awaiting creation waits for (CF)the revealing of the (CG)sons and daughters of God. 20 For the creation (CH)was subjected to (CI)futility, not willingly, but (CJ)because of Him who subjected it, [am]in hope 21 that (CK)the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation (CL)groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 (CM)And not only that, but also we ourselves, having (CN)the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves (CO)groan within ourselves, (CP)waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, (CQ)the redemption of our body. 24 For (CR)in hope we have been saved, but (CS)hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But (CT)if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Our Victory in Christ

26 Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for (CU)we do not know what to pray for as we should, but (CV)the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with [an]groanings too deep for words; 27 and (CW)He who searches the hearts knows what (CX)the mind of the Spirit is, because He (CY)intercedes for the [ao]saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that [ap]God [aq]causes (CZ)all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are (DA)called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He (DB)foreknew, He also (DC)predestined to become (DD)conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the (DE)firstborn among many brothers and sisters; 30 and these whom He (DF)predestined, He also (DG)called; and these whom He called, He also (DH)justified; and these whom He justified, He also (DI)glorified.

31 (DJ)What then shall we say to these things? (DK)If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who (DL)did not spare His own Son, but (DM)delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring charges against (DN)God’s elect? (DO)God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who (DP)condemns? Christ Jesus is He who (DQ)died, but rather, was [ar](DR)raised, who is (DS)at the right hand of God, who also (DT)intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from (DU)the love of [as]Christ? Will (DV)tribulation, or trouble, or (DW)persecution, or (DX)famine, or (DY)nakedness, or (DZ)danger, or sword? 36 Just as it is written:

(EA)For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly (EB)conquer through (EC)Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither (ED)death, nor life, nor (EE)angels, nor principalities, nor (EF)things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from (EG)the love of God that is (EH)in Christ Jesus our Lord.


  1. Romans 7:1 Or law
  2. Romans 7:1 Or law
  3. Romans 7:2 Lit living husband; but if
  4. Romans 7:2 Lit of
  5. Romans 7:3 Lit becomes another man’s
  6. Romans 7:3 I.e., in marriage; lit becomes another man’s
  7. Romans 7:5 Lit our parts to bear
  8. Romans 7:6 Or spirit
  9. Romans 7:7 Lit May it never happen!
  10. Romans 7:7 Or through law
  11. Romans 7:7 Or lust
  12. Romans 7:7 Or lust
  13. Romans 7:8 Or lust
  14. Romans 7:8 Or from law
  15. Romans 7:9 Or from law
  16. Romans 7:10 Lit to life
  17. Romans 7:10 Lit to death
  18. Romans 7:13 Lit May it never happen!
  19. Romans 7:14 Lit under sin
  20. Romans 7:21 Lit law
  21. Romans 7:22 Or with respect to
  22. Romans 7:23 Lit my parts waging
  23. Romans 7:23 Lit in
  24. Romans 7:23 Lit my parts
  25. Romans 7:24 Or this body of death
  26. Romans 8:2 Or has set you free in Christ Jesus
  27. Romans 8:3 Lit in which it was weak
  28. Romans 8:3 Lit flesh of sin
  29. Romans 8:4 Or in accordance with
  30. Romans 8:4 Or in accordance with
  31. Romans 8:6 Lit of the
  32. Romans 8:6 Lit of the
  33. Romans 8:7 Lit of the
  34. Romans 8:10 Lit life
  35. Romans 8:11 One early ms because of
  36. Romans 8:15 Lit for fear again
  37. Romans 8:15 Or the Spirit
  38. Romans 8:15 Gr translation of the Aramaic Abba provided by Paul
  39. Romans 8:20 Or in hope; because the creation
  40. Romans 8:26 Lit wordless groanings
  41. Romans 8:27 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  42. Romans 8:28 One early ms He; i.e., God
  43. Romans 8:28 Or in all things works together with those...for good
  44. Romans 8:34 One early ms raised from the dead
  45. Romans 8:35 Two early mss God

13 If we are faithless, (A)He remains faithful, for (B)He cannot deny Himself.

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Christ Is Our Advocate

(A)My little children, I am (B)writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, (C)we have an [a](D)Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is (E)the [b]propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also (F)for the sins of the whole world.

(G)By this we know that we have come to (H)know Him, if we (I)keep His commandments. The one who says, “(J)I have come to (K)know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a (L)liar, and (M)the truth is not in him; but whoever (N)follows His word, in him the (O)love of God has truly been perfected. (P)By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says that he (Q)remains in Him (R)ought, himself also, walk just as He walked.

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  1. 1 John 2:1 Or Intercessor
  2. 1 John 2:2 I.e., means of reconciliation with God by atoning for sins; or sin-offering

And the great (A)dragon was thrown down, the (B)serpent of old who is called the devil and (C)Satan, who (D)deceives the whole [a]world; he was (E)thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard (F)a loud voice in heaven, saying,

“Now the (G)salvation, and the power, and the (H)kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the (I)accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down, the one who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they (J)overcame him because of (K)the blood of the Lamb and because of (L)the word of their testimony, and they (M)did not love their life even [b]when faced with death.

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  1. Revelation 12:9 Lit inhabited earth
  2. Revelation 12:11 Lit to the point of death

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