Romans 8

Romans 8 has Paul continuing to teach around our salvation through Christ.  “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”.  That’s a pretty clear statement.  God Jesus?  You are not condemned.  The penalty of sin has been removed.  “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death”.  Jesus is the way – the only way – for us to be set free from sin and its punishment.  “By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit”.

He goes on to talk about living in Christ.  “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness….For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live”.  When we receive God’s grace through Christ, the Spirit comes to live in us.  “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God”.  That Spirit coming through acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross makes us a child of God.  And once a child, always a child.  Our salvation is secure because God makes us His very own.

As a result, we should live victoriously.  “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of  adoption as sons….and if children, then  heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ”.  We are heirs of eternal life with Christ.  What else could be more important?  Paul doesn’t see anything. In fact, this makes it possible to deal with anything that comes our way.  “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us”.

He gives us one of the greatest promises in all of scripture.  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for  those who are called according to his purpose”.  God is in control of all things. He weaves them in our life to create blessing and goodness.  It may not always appear as such, and it likely won’t be done the way we’d do it if we were in charge, but we have a promise from the God of Heaven and Earth that ALL things work for goo.  “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things”?  God loves us that much – that He gave all so He could give all good things to us.

Will it last?  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword”?  The short answer is no one and nothing.  “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”.  Circumstances and situations may seem overwhelming, but God will never leave us.  “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 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”.  What a promise we have from God.  And He never fails to perform!

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