Life Through the Spirit
1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you8:2 The Greek is singular; some manuscripts me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,8:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verses 4-13. God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.8:3 Or flesh, for sin And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life8:10 Or you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of8:11 Some manuscripts bodies through his Spirit who lives in you.
12Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.8:15 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture; also in verse 23. And by him we cry, “Abba,8:15 Aramaic for father Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Present Suffering and Future Glory
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that8:20,21 Or subjected it in hope. 21 For the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who8:28 Or that all things work together for good to those who love God, who; or that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good—with those who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
More Than Conquerors
31What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”8:36 Psalm 44:22
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Moyo Watsopano mwa Khristu
1Choncho, tsopano amene ali mwa Khristu Yesu alibe mlandu owatsutsa 2chifukwa mwa Khristu Yesu, lamulo la Mzimu Woyera amene amapereka moyo, lawamasula ku lamulo la tchimo ndi la imfa. 3Pakuti zimene Malamulo sanathe kuzichita, popeza anali ofowoka chifukwa cha khalidwe lathu la uchimo, Mulungu anazichita potumiza Mwana wake mʼchifanizo cha munthu ochimwa kuti akhale nsembe yauchimo. Ndipo Iye anagonjetsa tchimo mʼthupi la munthu, 4ndi cholinga chakuti chilungamo chofunikira cha lamulo chikwaniritsidwe kwathunthu mwa ife amene sitikhala monga mwachikhalidwe chathu cha uchimo koma mwa Mzimu.
5Pakuti anthu amene amakhala monga mwa makhalidwe oyipa a thupi amayika malingaliro awo pa zinthu zathupi. Koma amene amakhala monga mwa Mzimu amayika malingaliro awo pa zinthu za Mzimu. 6Kuyika mtima pa zathupi ndi imfa koma kuyika mtima pa za Mzimu ndi moyo ndi mtendere. 7Pakuti mtima umene wakhazikika pa zathupi ndi wodana ndi Mulungu. Sunagonjere lamulo la Mulungu ndipo sungathe kutero. 8Ndipo anthu amene amalamulidwa ndi khalidwe lauchimo sangathe kukondweretsa Mulungu.
9Koma inu simulamulidwanso ndi khalidwe lanu lauchimo koma ndi Mzimu ngati Mzimu wa Mulungu akhaladi mwa inu. Koma ngati munthu aliyense alibe Mzimu wa Khristu, iyeyu si wa Khristu. 10Ndipo ngati Khristu ali mwa inu, thupi lanu ndi lakufa chifukwa cha uchimo, koma mzimu wanu ndi wamoyo chifukwa cha chilungamo. 11Ndipo ngati Mzimu wa Mulungu amene anaukitsa Yesu kwa akufa akhala mwa inu, Iyeyo amene anaukitsa Khristu kwa akufa adzapatsanso moyo matupi anu amene amafa kudzera mwa Mzimu wake amene amakhala mwa inu.
12Kotero abale, ife tili ndi zoti tikwaniritse, koma osati za khalidwe lathu lauchimo, kumachita zofuna zake. 13Pakuti ngati inu mukhala monga mwa khalidwe lauchimo, mudzafa. Koma ngati mwa Mzimu mupha ntchito zoyipa zathupi, mudzakhala ndi moyo. 14Onse amene amatsogozedwa ndi Mzimu wa Mulungu ndi ana a Mulungu. 15Mzimu amene inu munalandira samakusandutsani akapolo, kuti muzikhalanso amantha, koma Mzimu amakusandutsani ana. Ndipo mwa Iye ife timafuwula kuti, “Abba, Atate.” 16Mzimu mwini amavomerezana ndi mzimu wathu kuti ife ndife ana a Mulungu. 17Tsono ngati tili ana ake, ndiye kuti ndife olowa mʼmalo a Mulungu ndi olowa mʼmalo pamodzi ndi Khristu. Ngati ife timva zowawa pamodzi ndi Khristu, tidzalandiranso ndi ulemerero womwe pamodzi naye.
Ulemerero wa Mʼtsogolo
18Ine ndiganiza kuti masautso amene tikuwamva nthawi ino, sakufanana ndi ulemerero umene udzaonetsedwa mwa ife. 19Pakuti chilengedwe chikudikira ndi chiyembekezo kuonetsedwa poyera kwa ana a Mulungu. 20Pakuti chilengedwe sichinasankhe kugonjera zopanda pake, koma mwachifuniro cha Iye amene analola kuti chigonjere. Koma chili ndi chiyembekezo 21chakuti chidzamasulidwa ku ukapolo wa chivundi ndi kulandiranso ufulu ndi ulemerero wa ana a Mulungu.
22Ife tikudziwa kuti chilengedwe chonse chakhala chikubuwula ndi ululu ngati ululu wa nthawi yobereka mwana mpaka tsopano lino. 23Si zokhazo ayi, ngakhale ife tomwe, amene tili ndi zipatso zoyamba za Mzimu, tikubuwulira mʼkati mwathu pomwe tikudikira mwachidwi kusankhidwa kwathu ngati ana, kuwomboledwa kwa matupi athu. 24Pakuti ife tinapulumutsidwa mʼchiyembekezo ichi. Koma chiyembekezo chimene chimaoneka si chiyembekezo ayi. Kodi ndani amene amayembekezera chimene ali nacho kale? 25Koma ngati ife tiyembekeza chimene tikanalibe, ndiye kuti tikuyembekeza modekha mtima.
26Momwemonso, Mzimu amatithandiza ife mʼkufowoka kwathu. Ife sitidziwa momwe tiyenera kupempherera koma Mzimu mwini amatipempherera mobuwula ndi mawu osafotokozedwa. 27Koma Iye amene amasanthula mitima yathu amadziwa maganizo a Mzimu, chifukwa Mzimu amapempherera oyera mtima molingana ndi chifuniro cha Mulungu.
28Ndipo ife tikudziwa kuti zinthu zonse zimathandizana kuwachitira ubwino amene amakonda Mulungu, amene anayitanidwa monga mwa cholinga chake. 29Pakuti amene Mulungu anawadziwiratu, anawasankhiratunso kuti akonzedwe mʼchifanizo cha Mwana wake, kuti Iye akhale Mwana woyamba kubadwa mwa abale ambiri. 30Iwo amene anawasankhiratu, anawayitananso. Amene Iye anawayitana anawalungamitsanso ndipo amene anawalungamitsa anawapatsanso ulemerero.
31Nanga tsono tidzanena chiyani pa izi? Ngati Mulungu ali mbali yathu, adzatitsutsa ife ndani? 32Iye amene sanatimane Mwana wake wa Iye yekha, koma anamupereka chifukwa cha ife tonse. Iye adzalekeranjinso pamodzi naye kutipatsa ife zinthu zonse mwaulere? 33Ndani amene adzabweretsa mlandu kutsutsa amene Mulungu anawasankha? Ndi Mulungu amene amalungamitsa. 34Ndani amene angatipeze ife olakwa? Palibe. Khristu Yesu amene anafa, kuposera pamenepo, amene anaukitsidwa ndi moyo, amene ali kudzanja lamanja la Mulungu ndiye amene akutipempherera. 35Ndani amene adzatilekanitsa ife ndi chikondi cha Khristu? Kodi ndi masautso, kapena zowawa, kapena mazunzo, kapena njala, kapena umaliseche, kapena choopsa, kapena lupanga? 36Monga kwalembedwa:
“Chifukwa cha inu, ife tikuphedwa tsiku lonse:
ife tikutengedwa ngati nkhosa zoti zikaphedwe.”
37Ayi, mu zonsezi ife ndife oposa agonjetsi mwa Iye amene anatikonda. 38Pakuti ine ndatsimikiza ndi mtima wonse kuti ngakhale imfa, kapena moyo, ngakhale angelo, kapena ziwanda, ngakhale zinthu zilipo, kapena zili mʼtsogolo, kapena mphamvu zina, 39ngakhale kutalika, kapena kuya, kapena chilichonse mʼchilengedwe chonse, sizingathe kutisiyanitsa ndi chikondi cha Mulungu chimene chili mwa Khristu Yesu Ambuye athu.