Romans 8, 26-39
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
OUT OF CURIOSITY
There is very little doubt that Paul, the one who would persecute Christians and later on, not only converted into Christianity but also became the most influential leader in the flourishing communities, was the author of the book of Romans. It is also known that he used a scribe (called Tertius) to write his discourses; it is believed that Paul used to preach out loud and Tertius would write down what he heard.
Paul’s style of writing appealed to his audience’s intellectual analysis, he would base central ideas on solid principles; some call this a diatribe (“a back and forth style of writing, where the author interacts with a hypothetical opponent”). Others think it belongs to an ancient genre called protreptic (which literally means converting someone to a specific end), a type of writing which “urges the adoption of a particular way of life, or a deeper commitment to it, setting out its advantages, replying to objections and demonstrating its superiority” (A.J. Guerra).