How God Really Sees You

Romans 8

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for Blessed Name, who is in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set Blessed Name free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so God condemned sin in Blessed Name, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in Blessed Name, who no longer lives according to the sinful, self-centered nature but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the sinful, self-centered nature have their minds set on what that self-centered nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

The mind of the self-centered person is death, but Blessed Name‘s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the self-centered mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it. Those controlled by the sinful, self-centered nature cannot please God. Blessed Name, however, is controlled not by the self-centered nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in Blessed Name. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in Blessed Name then Blessed Name‘s body is dead because of sin, yet Blessed Name‘s spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead is living in Blessed Name the One who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to Blessed Name‘s mortal body through the Spirit, who lives inside.

Therefore, Blessed Name has an obligation–but not to the sinful, self-centered nature. For if Blessed Name lives according to the sinful, self-centered nature, Blessed Name will die; but if by the Spirit Blessed Name puts to death the misdeeds of the body, Blessed Name will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are heirs of God. For Blessed Name did not receive a spirit that makes Blessed Name a slave to fear, but Blessed Name received the Spirit of heirship. And by that Spirit cries, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit personally testifies with Blessed Name‘s spirit that Blessed Name is God’s child. Now if Blessed Name is a child of God, then Blessed Name is an heir of God and co-heir with Christ, if indeed Blessed Name shares in Christ’s sufferings in order that Blessed Name may also share in Christ’s glory. I consider that Blessed Name‘s present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in Blessed Name.

The creation waits in eager expectation for the heirs of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by choice, but by the will of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as heirs, the redemption of our bodies.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if Blessed Name hopes for what Blessed Name does not yet have, Blessed Name waits for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps Blessed Name in human weakness. Blessed Name does not know what to pray for, but the Spirit personally intercedes with groans that words cannot express. And the One who searches Blessed Name‘s heart knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes in accordance with God’s will.

And we know that in all things God works for Blessed Name‘s benefit, who loves God and has been called according to God’s purpose. For those God foreknew God predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that Jesus might be the firstborn among many siblings. And those God predestined, God also called; those God called, God also justified; those God justified, God also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for Blessed Name, who can be against Blessed Name? God who did not spare Jesus, but gave Him up for Blessed Name — how will God not also, along with Jesus, graciously give Blessed Name all things?

Who will bring any charge against Blessed Name, the one whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies Blessed Name. Someone not of God is the one that condemns Blessed Name! Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for Blessed Name. Who shall separate Blessed Name from the love of Christ? Shall trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword? As it is written: “For His sake Blessed Name faces death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things Blessed Name is more than a conqueror through God who loves Blessed Name. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the past, the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate Blessed Name from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.