Isaiah 55:6-7
    6Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.
    7Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity [compassion], and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.
 
Isaiah 59:16-17
    16And He [God] saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor [no one to intervene on behalf of truth and right]; therefore His own arm brought Him victory, and His own righteousness [having the Spirit without measure] sustained Him.
    17For [the Lord] put on righteousness as a breastplate or coat of mail, and salvation as a helmet upon His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal [and furious divine jealousy] as a cloak.
 
Isaiah 61:9-11
     9And their offspring shall be known among the nations and their descendants among the peoples. All who see them [in their prosperity] will recognize and acknowledge that they are the people whom the Lord has blessed.
    10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
    11For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word].
 
Isaiah 63:9
    9In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity [compassion] He redeemed them; and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
 
Isaiah 63:11
    11Then His people [seriously] remembered the days of old, of Moses and his people [and they said], Where is He Who brought [our fathers] up out of the [Red] Sea, with [Moses and the other] shepherds of His flock? Where is He Who put His Holy Spirit within their midst,
 
Jeremiah 11:20
    20But, O Lord of hosts, Who judges rightly and justly, Who tests the heart and the mind, let me see Your vengeance on them, for to You I have revealed and committed my cause [rolling it upon You].
 
Jeremiah 20:12
    12But, O Lord of hosts, You Who try the righteous, Who see the heart and the mind, let me see Your vengeance on them, for to You have I revealed and committed my cause.
 
Lamentations 3:22-26
    22It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
    23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
    24The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.
    25The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word].
    26It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.
 
Lamentations 3:55-58
    55I called upon Your name, O Lord, out of the depths [of the mire] of the dungeon.
    56You heard my voice [then]: [Oh] hide not Your ear [now] at my prayer for relief.
    57You drew near on the day I called to You; You said, Fear not.
    58O Lord, You have pleaded the causes of my soul [You have managed my affairs and You have protected my person and my rights]; You have rescued and redeemed my life!
 
Daniel 7:9-10
    9I kept looking until thrones were placed [for the assessors with the Judge], and the Ancient of Days [God, the eternal Father] took His seat, Whose garment was white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was like the fiery flame; its wheels were burning fire.
    10A stream of fire came forth from before Him; a thousand thousands ministered to Him and ten thousand times ten thousand rose up and stood before Him; the Judge was seated [the court was in session] and the books were opened.
 
Daniel 9:4-6
    4And I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, Who keeps covenant, mercy, and loving-kindness with those who love Him and keep His commandments,
    5We have sinned and dealt perversely and done wickedly and have rebelled, turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.
    6Neither have we listened to and heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
 
Daniel 9:9-10
    9To the Lord our God belong mercy and loving-kindness and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him;
   10And we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in His laws which He set before us through His servants the prophets.
 
Daniel 12:3
    3And the teachers and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness (to uprightness and right standing with God) [shall give forth light] like the stars forever and ever.
 
Hosea 10:12
    12Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of salvation upon you.
 
Hosea 12:6
    6Therefore return to your God! Hold fast to love and mercy, to righteousness and justice, and wait [expectantly] for your God continually!
 
Hosea 14:9
    9Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of the Lord are right and the [uncompromisingly] just shall walk in them, but transgressors shall stumble and fall in them.
 
Micah 7:18-19
    18Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger [at rebellion] forever, because He delights in mercy and loving-kindness.
    19He will again have compassion on us; He will subdue and tread underfoot our iniquities (sins). You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
 
Habakkuk 2:4
   4Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness.
 
Zephaniah 3:5
    5The Lord in the midst of her is [uncompromisingly] righteous; He will not do iniquity. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He fails not, but the unjust [person] knows no shame.
 
Zephaniah 3:17
    17The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.
 

Because Jesus is the perfect representation of Father God, let’s continue learning about Father God’s nature and character through New Testament descriptions of Jesus.
 
Matthew 1:18
    18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place under these circumstances: When His mother Mary had been promised in marriage to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant [through the power] of the Holy Spirit.
 
Matthew 14:34-36
    34And when they had crossed over to the other side, they went ashore at Gennesaret.
    35And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent around into all the surrounding country and brought to Him all who were sick
    36And begged Him to let them merely touch the fringe of His garment; and as many as touched it were perfectly restored.
 

 


Who is like God the I AM? Who is like God the Father? He sent Jesus to shed His Blood so that, by Jesus’ sacrifice, He [God the Father] could gather His beloved children to Himself, drawing them near, restoring them to the Father-child relationship with Himself for which they were designed.
 
Before sin, Adam and Eve had direct, intimate communication with God, their Father.
 
As the centuries passed after sin entered the world, God saw that people wanted to come near to Him, but they had no method for doing so.
 
God responded by providing a way through the writings of Moses.
 
Men would bring unblemished animals to priests for ritualistic sacrifice. As the priests killed the animals and shed the animals’ blood, the sins of those who had brought the animals to the priests would be forgiven.
 
Hebrews 9:22
    22 [In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.


Once a year, according to the Laws written down by Moses, the High Priest would enter the most holy part of the temple, the Holy of Holies.
 
In preparation, the High Priest would pay attention to every detail of the rituals, because he knew very well that if he was not ritualistically pure God would strike him dead while he was in the Holy of Holies.
 
Scholars tell us that, prior to his entering the Holy of Holies ― where only one priest dared to enter, once a year ― his fellow priests would tie a rope around his ankle. That way, if God killed the High Priest while he was in the Holy of Holies, his friends could pull him out!
 
Centuries passed, and through them all, God the Father grieved at His loss of relationship with His children.
 
He saw that His children served Him in fear. He saw that His children felt they needed to go through priests in order to have relationship, and that relationship was more Master/slave than Father/child.
 
During these centuries very few had the courage to go near to God for relationship with Him.
 
In the fullness of time, as His solution, God sent Jesus to earth to live a pure, sinless life and to willingly offer up His life and His blood so that, once and for all, Man could return to the moment-to-moment relationship with God as their Father that God Himself desired.
 
[You can read more about God’s plan in the sections called  He Sent Jesus,  Jesus’ Mission, Jesus’ Sacrifices, Jesus’ Exchanges and Jesus’ Triumph.]
 
The curtain of the Holy of Holies was also called the veil. This veil symbolized the separation of the Holy God from the sinful people.
 
Some scholars say that it took eight horses [four on each side] pulling with all their strength to part the heavy curtain that prevented sinful Man from having access to our Holy God.
 
When Jesus died and shed His Blood, this curtain was ripped into two pieces.
 
Matthew 27:50-53
    50And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.
    51And at once the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split.
    52The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep in death were raised [to life];
    53And coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
 
Mark 15:37-38
    37And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life.
    38And the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

 
Think about how the curtain was changed.

Was it slowly, carefully, precisely cut, as with a knife? No. The curtain was ripped apart ― from top to bottom.

What does that tell you about the Father Heart of God?
 
For further insights on what was accomplished by Jesus on the cross, go to the section entitled Jesus’ Exchanges.


 
Luke 1:17
    17And he [John the Baptist] will [himself] go before Him [Jesus] in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn back the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient and incredulous and unpersuadable to the wisdom of the upright [which is the knowledge and holy love of the will of God]--in order to make ready for the Lord a people [perfectly] prepared [in spirit, adjusted and disposed and placed in the right moral state].
 
Luke 1:35
    35Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.
 
Luke 1:49
     49For He Who is almighty has done great things for me--and holy is His name [to be venerated (honored) in His purity, majesty and glory]!
 
Luke 1:72
    72To make true and show the mercy and compassion and kindness [promised] to our forefathers and to remember and carry out His holy covenant [to bless, which is all the more sacred because it is made by God Himself],
 
Luke 1:75
    75In holiness (divine consecration) and righteousness [in accordance with the everlasting principles of right] within His presence all the days of our lives.
 
Luke 1:78-79
    78Because of and through the heart of tender mercy and loving-kindness of our God, a Light from on high will dawn upon us and visit us
    79To shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide our feet in a straight line into the way of peace.
 
Luke 4:14
    14Then Jesus went back full of and under the power of the [Holy] Spirit into Galilee, and the fame of Him spread through the whole region round about.
 
John 1:1-13
    1In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
    2He was present originally with God.
    3All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.
    4In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
    5And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].
    6There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
    7This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through him.
    8He was not the Light himself, but came that he might bear witness regarding the Light.
    9There it was--the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.
    10He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him].
    11He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own--His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him.
    12But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name--
    13Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]
 
John 1:14
    14And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.
 
John 3:31-33
    31He Who comes from above (heaven) is [far] above all [others]; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth, and talks the language of earth [his words are from an earthly standpoint]. He Who comes from heaven is [far] above all others [far superior to all others in prominence and in excellence].
    32It is to what He has [actually] seen and heard that He bears testimony, and yet no one accepts His testimony [no one receives His evidence as true].
    33Whoever receives His testimony has set his seal of approval to this: God is true. [That man has definitely certified, acknowledged, declared once and for all, and is himself assured that it is divine truth that God cannot lie].
 
John 3:35-36
    35The Father loves the Son and has given (entrusted, committed) everything into His hand.
    36And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now possesses) eternal life. But whoever disobeys (is unbelieving toward, refuses to trust in, disregards, is not subject to) the Son will never see (experience) life, but [instead] the wrath of God abides on him. [God's displeasure remains on him; His indignation hangs over him continually.]
 
John 4:16-17
    16And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.
    17In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.
 
John 7:39
     39But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).
 
John 13:1
    1[Now] Before the Passover Feast began, Jesus knew (was fully aware) that the time had come for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. And as He had loved those who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree.
 
Acts 2:1-4
    1And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,
    2When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
    3And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.
    4And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words].
 
Acts 2:33
    33Being therefore lifted high by and to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promised [blessing which is the] Holy Spirit, He has made this outpouring which you yourselves both see and hear.
 
Acts 2:38-39
    38And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    39For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.
 
Acts 3:19-21
    19So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
    20And that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you--even Jesus,
    21Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past [from the most ancient time in the memory of man].
 
Acts 4:29-31
    29And now, Lord, observe their threats and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly,
    30While You stretch out Your hand to cure [heal] and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus,
    31And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.
 
Acts 4:33
    33And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all.
 
Acts 5:32
    32And we are witnesses of these things, and the Holy Spirit is also, Whom God has bestowed on those who obey Him.
 
Acts 7:55
    55But he [Stephen], full of the Holy Spirit and controlled by Him, gazed into heaven and saw the glory (the splendor and majesty) of God, and Jesus standing at God's right hand;
 
Acts 10:38
    38How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.
 
Acts 10:45
    45And the believers from among the circumcised [the Jews] who came with Peter were surprised and amazed, because the free gift of the Holy Spirit had been bestowed and poured out largely even on the Gentiles.
 
Acts 13:38-39
    38So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you;
    39And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.
 
Acts 13:52
    52And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their souls] with joy and the Holy Spirit.
 
Acts 20:28
    28Take care and be on guard for yourselves and the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you bishops and guardians, to shepherd (tend and feed and guide) the church of the Lord or of God which He obtained for Himself [buying it and saving it for Himself] with His own blood.
 
Acts 20:32
    32And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favor]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God's set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul).
 
Romans 1:4
    4And [as to His divine nature] according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated the Son of God in power [in a striking, triumphant and miraculous manner] by His resurrection from the dead, even Jesus Christ our Lord (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
 
Romans 3:22-24
    22Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
    23Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.
    24[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
 
Romans 3:26
    26It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus.
 
Romans 4:13
    13For the promise to Abraham or his posterity, that he should inherit the world, did not come through [observing the commands of] the Law but through the righteousness of faith.
 
Romans 4:16-25
    16Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants--not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.
    17As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
    18[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.
    19He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah's [deadened] womb.
    20No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,
    21Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.
    22That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).
    23But [the words], It was credited to him, were written not for his sake alone,
    24But [they were written] for our sakes too. [Righteousness, standing acceptable to God] will be granted and credited to us also who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on) God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
    25Who was betrayed and put to death because of our misdeeds and was raised to secure our justification (our acquittal), [making our account balance and absolving us from all guilt before God].
 
Romans 5:1-5
    1Therefore since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
    2Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God's favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
    3Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
    4And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
    5Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
 
Romans 5:8-9
    8But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
    9Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ's blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God [against the unrepentant].
 
Romans 5:11
    11Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God [in His love and perfection] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy [our] reconciliation.
 
Romans 5:17-18
     17For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
    18Well then, as one man's trespass [one man's false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man's act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men.
 
Romans 5:21
    21So that, [just] as sin has reigned in death, [so] grace (His unearned and undeserved favor) might reign also through righteousness (right standing with God) which issues in eternal life through Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) our Lord.
 
Romans 8:3
    3For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [ the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [ subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],
 
Romans 8:6
    6Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
 
Romans 8:10-11
    10But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He gives to you].
    11And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.
 
Romans 8:13
    13For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.
 
Romans 8:17-27
    17And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.
    18[But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!
    19For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God's sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].
    20For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it--[yet] with the hope
    21That nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God's children.
    22We know that the whole creation [of irrational creatures] has been moaning together in the pains of labor until now.
    23And not only the creation, but we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the firstfruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the blissful things to come] groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God's sons).
    24For in [this] hope we were saved. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees?
    25But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.
    26So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.
    27And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God's will.
 
Romans 8:28-30
    28We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
    29For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.
    30And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].