Romans 8 The Believer’s Freedom from condemnation, Our Privilege as children of Yahweh, Our Hope in Tribulation, Assistance in prayer from the spirit, Our Interest in the Love of God, Our Final Triumph through Christ!
The Believer’s Freedom from Condemnation (1-9) • Believers may be corrected by the Lord, but they will not be condemned with the world • God punished Christ so that we might escape punishment – and thereby satisfied justice. • By the spirit the law of love is written in our hearts, and it is fulfilled in us by the spirit of Christ • Are we most wise for the world, or for our souls? Those that live in pleasure are dead, 1Ti_5:6. A sanctified soul is a living soul; and that life is in peace • Having the mind of Christ brings our own carnal mind into submission and inevitably leads to behavior pleasing to God the Father
Freedom from the wrath of God (1) • Romans 8:1 NKJV • (1) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Freedom of the Spirit (2-4) • Freedom from what? • Death • Sin • Law • Freedom how? • Through God’s gift of his son, Jesus • Through Jesus becoming sarx (g. flesh) • Through his being a sin offering • Through God condemning sin in sinful man • Through the law being met in him
The Mind of the Spirit (5-8) • Kata pneuma (of the spirit) • Basic nature vs. Spiritual nature • Eternal consequences • Carnal mind: Death • Unable to please God • Spirit minded: Life
Our Privilege as Children of Yahweh (10-17) • If the Spirit is in us, Christ IS in us! • Grace in the soul IS its new nature; and thereby the soul is alive to God, and has begun an eternal holy happiness • The righteousness of Christ credited to us, secures the soul, our better part, from death. • So we see it is our duty to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. • If we live (as habit) according to sin and lust, we will certainly die in sin • What does the world have to compare against the things of God? • Though we can’t succeed on our own, we have the high privilege of walking towards life (working out our salvation), and the Spirit is our ally in this effort. We are adopted by God out of bondage and into the freedom of spiritual obedience • Peace comes from the spirit • Though we may sometimes feel like losers for Christ, in the end, God has called us to be more than conquerors!
The Indwelling of the Spirit (10-13) • We are no longer controlled by flesh (re: 9) • Consequences: Life 10-11 • Obligations 12-13 • “Mortification”
Witness of the Spirit (14-17) • He leads us into holiness (as sons of God!) • He replaces fear with freedom • He prompts prayer the Jesus-way Abba • He guarantees the inheritance • Suffering AND Glory
Influence of the Spirit • Liberated from the bondage of the law • Empowered to fulfill the law • Called to live a life set on Him • Obliged • Prompted • Empowered
Suffering and Glory… • Romans 8:16-17 NKJV • (16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, • (17) and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Interlude: The Glory of the Christ Scenes from movie “The Apocalypse” John/Patmos Music: “Angels Fall Down” by Skillet
Hope in Tribulation (18-25) • Our current trials can go no deeper than temporary and are light in contrast to the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! • Creation has been corrupted by the fall of man, and the whole of creation waits with earnest expectation for the time when the children of God will be manifested in the glory to come. • Now there is an enmity of one creature towards another and they are used (or abused rather) by men as instruments of sin. • Yet creation is in a state of hope. God WILL deliver it from man's depravity. The miseries of the human race, through their own and each other's wickedness, declare that the world is not always to continue as it is.
Revelation 21 NKJV • Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… • And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Hope in Tribulation (18-25) (cont.) • Our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, quickens our desires, encourages our hopes, and raises our expectations. We WILL be resurrected! • All pain and misery, destruction, tears, groans and pangs of body and mind have come from sin. • Sin hurts God and diminishes his glory, and the justice for this will be frightening. • Believers are safe; but our comfort consists in hope rather than in enjoyment. • We need to be patient with this hope and relentless in our clinging to it above the things of the world.
Assistance in prayer from the spirit (26-27) • The enemies and afflictions of Christians are numerous and overpowering, so that Christians would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports us, and instead we are drawn closer to Christ – more than conquerors • The Spirit, as an enlightener, teaches us what to pray for; as a sanctifier, works and stirs up prayer and grace in our hearts; as a comforter, silences our fears, and helps us overcome discouragement • The Holy Spirit is the source of our hunger for God and desire to grow in him and experience his victory, the outpouring of which is often more than words can utter • The Holy Spirit advocates for us in prayer and when our will is aligned with Gods, he assures the defeat of the enemies efforts.
He is Sovereign over all! (28) • We need to realize that the impact of events upon our souls is far more important than the impact to our finances, health, comforts or status. God in his mercy assures that the trials of the world and their amplification by the enemy lead to the spiritual good of those that love God; in leading us from sin, bringing us nearer to God, and weaning us from the world, thereby preparing us for heaven. • When we act “out of character”, corrections will be employed to bring us back again.
The 4 Causes of our Salvation (29-30) [I] • 1) God knew us, and chose us for conformation to the image of his Son. The Father has chosen our end as one of glory and happiness, and paved a road of grace and holiness to lead us to it • We deserved destruction. Regardless, God chose to restore some of us through a predestined path of regeneration and grace. In this life we are only partially renewed, and we walk in his steps towards the completion of that good work which He has begun in us.
The 4 Causes of our Salvation (29-30) [II] • 2) God called us from self and the system of this world to God and Christ and heaven as our home (now and in the future). • He called us out from sin and vanity to grace and holiness (sanctification). This is the gospel call, to live a life that bears witness to the love of the one that saved us.
The 4 Causes of our Salvation (29-30) [III] • 3) God justified us. • Those who stand against the gospel call, remains under guilt and wrath.
The 4 Causes of our Salvation (29-30) [IV] • 4) God has glorified us. The power of corruption has been broken in our effectual calling, and the guilt of sin removed in justification, so now nothing can come between our souls and this promised glory • This should encourage our faith and hope; for, as for God, his way, his work, is perfect. It WILL come to be, just as he said!
If God be for us… (31) • While God is for us, and while we keep in his love, we can boldly defy all the unholy powers of darkness, according to the will of God. • We are no longer subject to these principalities, we are residents only… • Our citizenship has already been changed!
The Proof of the Promise (32) • Romans 8:32 NKJVHe who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? • Does this include late model cars? • Does this include eternal life with him in paradise?
The Final Triumph through Christ! (33-37) Romans 8:33-37 NKJV (33) Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. (34) Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written: "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER." (37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
The Final Triumph through Christ! (33-37) • Who can charge someone cleared by the supreme court? • The loser condemns, our master intercedes • Paul asks Who will separate us, but then lists the “what”. Causality? • We may face unending trials BUT… • In ALL things we are MORE than conquerors through Christ, … • WHO LOVED US!
The Love of God (38-39) • The apostle Paul speaks as if he is completely amazed, and swallowed up in admiration, wondering at the height and depth, and the length and breadth, of the love of Christ. • The more we know of other things, the less we wonder; but the further we are led into gospel mysteries, the more we are affected by them. • The Love of Christ, from which we can not be separated, includes the provision of Grace, Hope, Peace, Resurrection, and Eternal Life!
Finito! • Yeah God!!! • See you next week!