When I read a Bible passage during my quiet time each morning, I often read the same passage from different translations. A most interesting experience.
I was studying Romans 8:17
The N.I.V. reads Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His suffering in order that we may also share in His glory.
The Living Bible reads And since we are His children we will share His treasures, for all God gives to His son Jesus is now ours too. But if we are to share His glory we must also share His suffering.
To paraphrase , ‘We share His suffering in order to share His glory‘ and ‘If we share His glory we must also share His suffering.
One has the emphasis on suffering and the other on glory. A thought which made me ponder.