Sonship Through the Spirit

12 (A)Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For (B)if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you (C)put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For (D)as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For (E)you did not receive the spirit of bondage again (F)to fear, but you received the (G)Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, (H)“Abba,[a] Father.” 16 (I)The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then (J)heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, (K)if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that (L)the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For (M)the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For (N)the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [b]corruption into the glorious (O)liberty of the children of God.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 8:15 Lit., in Aram., Father
  2. Romans 8:21 decay

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