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32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

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For the law of the Spirit[a] of life in Christ Jesus has set you[b] free from the law of sin and of death.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 8:2 Or spirit
  2. Romans 8:2 Here the Greek word you is singular number; other ancient authorities read me or us

36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

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16 As servants[a] of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:16 Gk slaves

17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

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22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life.

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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The Good News of Deliverance

61 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
    to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and release to the prisoners;

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14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Slaves of Righteousness

15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18 and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

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12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.

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25 But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

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16 Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
    and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
    and find rest for your souls.
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”

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The Value of Wisdom

My child, if you accept my words
    and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
    and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
    and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,

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15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba![a] Father!”

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 8:15 Aramaic for Father

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;[a] only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,[b] but through love become slaves to one another.

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Footnotes

  1. Galatians 5:13 Gk brothers
  2. Galatians 5:13 Gk the flesh

17 Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own.

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But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

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Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
    his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.”

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Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all day long.

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For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

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17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

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23 Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
    I will make my words known to you.

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