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12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,[a] 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,[b] you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[c] 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.[d] Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”[e] 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

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Footnotes

  1. 8:12 Greek brothers; also in 8:29.
  2. 8:13 Greek deeds of the body.
  3. 8:14 Greek sons; also in 8:19.
  4. 8:15a Greek you received a spirit of sonship.
  5. 8:15b Abba is an Aramaic term for “father.”

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