Certainty in a
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Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the
glory that will be revealed in us.
creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by
the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and
brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of
childbirth right up to the present time.
only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan
inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of
in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who
hopes for what he already has?
if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
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 with
groans that words cannot express.
he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the
Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness
of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also
justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be
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?
will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who
is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was
raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or
persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are
considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
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.
will praise you, O
with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your
love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your
name and your word.
I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
all the kings of the earth praise you, O
when they hear the words of your mouth.
they sing of the ways of the
for the glory of the
is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.
I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out
your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save
will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O
endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
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