Romans 8:18-27 (JB Phillips,
1 - In my opinion,
2 - (writes the apostle Paul)
1 - In my opinion whatever we may have to go
2 - (“we,” as in “all who suffer,” but
especially those whose hardship is connected to trying to follow
1 - (these troubles are) less than nothing
compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us.
2 - The whole creation is on tiptoe to see
the wonderful sight of the sons and daughters of God coming into
1 - (What a sight that will be!)
2 - (What a sight that is, even now!)
1 - The world of creation cannot as yet see
2 - not because it chooses to be blind,
1 - but because in God’s purpose it has been
so limited –
2 - yet it has been given hope.
1 - And the hope is that in the end
2 - in the end
1 - in the end the whole of created life will
2 - rescued from the tyranny of change and
1 - and have its share in that magnificent
2 - which can only belong to the children of
1 - It is plain to anyone with eyes to see
2 - that at the present time all created life
1 - groans in a sort of universal travail.
2 - And it is plain, too, that we
1 - who have a foretaste of the Spirit
2 - are in a state of painful tension,
1 - while we wait for that redemption of our
2 - which will mean that at last we have
1 - our full sonship
2 - that we are daughters and sons of God
1 - in Christ.
2 - We were saved by this hope,
1 - but in our moments of impatience let us
2 - that hope always means waiting for
something that we haven’t yet got.
1 - But if we hope for something we cannot
2 - then we must settle down to wait for it
1 - The Spirit of God not only maintains this
hope within us,
2 - but helps us in our present limitations.
1 - For example, we do not know how to pray
worthily as sons and daughters of God,
2 - but the Holy Spirit within us is actually
praying for us
1 – yes!, praying for us in those agonizing
longings which never find words.
2 - And God who knows the heart’s secrets
1 - understands, of course, the Spirit’s
2 - as this holy
1 - holy
2 - Holy Spirit prays for those who love God.
adapted from J. B. Phillips, "The
New Testament in Modern English"
1962 edition, published by HarperCollins