Posted 4/29/2003 7:42:20 AM
Romans 8 is a great guidebook for victorious Christian living. Free from sin, chosen by God to be glorified, and inseparably linked to Jesus Christ. Several verses are familiar to me in here, but surprised me that they were all in one chapter: Rom 8:1,5,8,11,15-17,26,28,31,37,39
Looking at the passage as a whole, you can see Paul working through different areas of victorious Christian living, based on the premise of being free from sin:
Rom 8:1-4 Jesus Christ has paid the price for our sins, by becoming a man and dying for us. His sacrifice paid our debt, and set us free.
In the Spirit
Rom 8:5-16 Upon salvation, God baptizes us with the Holy Spirit, so He can live with us. The Spirit's presence keeps our mind from sin, and focused on pleasing God, through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Being controlled by the Spirit is a priviledge, because as such we are treated as the children of God.
Rom 8:15-23 This isn't just some temporary situation, this is adoption; we are permanently part of God's family, complete with the responsibilities of obeying and pleasing him, as well as taking part in His inheritance. Christ's inheritance is suffering in this world, but glorification with Him in the next, finally completely free from the influence of sin.
God is For Us
Rom 8:23-39 God wants to help us, why I can't imagine.
- He gave us His Spirit, so the Spirit can intercede for us when we pray.
- He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him
- He decided ahead of time that His children were to mirror His Son
- He called, justified, and glorified those same children, for His own purpose
- He is for us! He didn't even spare His own Son.
All verses in this article