Scripture: Romans 8

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Life Through The Spirit

Romans 8:1-17(WEB) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh; that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; because the mind of the flesh is hostile toward God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be. Those who are in the flesh can’t please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. 15 For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies 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 with Him.

Questions and Answers:

1. To whom is there no condemnation (Romans 8:1)? There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2. What has made us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)? The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.

3. What was weak through the flesh and what did God do because it was weak (Romans 8:3-4)? For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

4. What is death and what is life and peace (Romans 8:5-6)? To be carnally (sinfully) minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

5. Who is the carnal mind against and why (Romans 8:7)? The carnal mind is against God because it is not subject to the law of God, neither can be.

6. What can’t the flesh do (Romans 8:8)? The flesh cannot please God.

7. If we are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, who dwells in us (Romans 8:9)? If we are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, the Spirit of God dwells in us.

8. If Christ is in us, what is the condition of our body and what is the condition of the Spirit (Romans 8:10)? If Christ is in us, our body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 

9. If the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in us, what will He do to our mortal body (Romans 8:11)? If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in us, God who raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken our mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in us.

10. What will happen to those who live after the flesh; that is after the sinful nature (Romans 8:13a)? Those who live after the flesh will die.

11. What will happen to those who through the Spirit mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body (Romans 8:13b)? Those who through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body will live.

12. Who are the sons of God (Romans 8:14)? Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.

13. What do those who are sons of God receive and how can they address God (Romans 8:15)? The sons of God have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby they can cry, Abba, Father.

14. To what does the Spirit bear witness (Romans 8:16-17)? The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.

Future Glory

Romans 8:18-27 (WEB) 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us. 19 For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 23 Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees? 25 But if we hope for that which we don’t see, we wait for it with patience. 26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. 27 He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because He makes intercession for the saints according to God.

Questions and Answers:

1. What is said about our present sufferings compared to future glory (Romans 8:18)? Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

2. For what is the creature (creation) waiting (Romans 8:19)? The earnest expectation of the creature (creation) is waiting for the manifestation (the revealing) of the sons of God.

3. What will happen to the creature (creation) one day (Romans 8:21)? The creature will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) and brought into the glorious liberty (freedom) of the children of God.

4. What is the whole creation doing right now (Romans 8:22)? The whole creation is groaning and travailing in pain.

5. What are we doing (Romans 8:23)? We too are groaning within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

6. What virtue come through as we wait eagerly for what we’re hoping (Romans 8:24-25)?  If we wait eagerly for what we’re hoping patience will be revealed through us.

7. Who helps us even when we don’t know what we should pray (Romans 8:26)? The Spirit helps us when we do not know what we should pray. The Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings that words cannot express.

More Than Conquerors

Romans 8:28-39 (WEB) 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 Whom He predestined, those He also called. Whom He called, those He also justified. Whom He justified, those He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who didn’t spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how would He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Even as it is written, “For your sake we are killed all day long.     We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Questions and Answers:

1. For whom do all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)?  All things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

2. What did God do for those He foreknew (Romans 8:29)? For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.

3. What did God do for those He predestinated (Romans 8:30)? For those God predestinated (predetermined), He also called and whom He called He also justified (declared right with Him) and those He justified He also glorified (honored).

4. What did God do and not do (Romans 8:32)? God spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.

5. Who justifies (Romans 8:33)? It is God who justifies.

6. What did Christ do and what is He doing (Romans 8:34)? It is Christ who died, was raised again, is at the right hand of God and makes intercession for us.

7. What are we through Jesus, the One whose love cannot be separated from us (Romans 8:35-37)? We are more than conquerors through Jesus, who loves us.

8. What should we believe (be persuaded) cannot separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39)? Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

HEAR the WORD

Romans 8:27 (WEB) He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because He makes intercession for the saints according to God.

Romans 8:27 (NIV) And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

Romans 8:27 (AMP) 27 And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: When you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers.  With God helping you pray; you don’t need to be afraid to come before Him.  Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you in accordance with God’s will.  Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that He will always do what is best.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

When I meditate on this verse above, I cannot help but be grateful to God.  I seek to find His purpose for my life. But I must understand there is a condition for me receiving God’s help.  That is I must belong to the group that loves Him and has been called by Him.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Since according to II Peter 3:9 the Lord wishes for none to perish but everyone to come to repentance I believe we all have the opportunity and the choice to come to Him and to love Him. And then if we choose to do these two things God will work all things together for our good according to Romans 8:27.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for setting us free from the law of sin and death through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). Lord, I pray we will live according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4). Lord, I pray we will set our minds on what the Spirit desires for the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:5-6). Lord, I pray we will seek to be controlled continually by the Spirt (Romans 8:9).  Lord, I pray our spirit will be alive because of righteousness (Romans 8:10). Lord, I pray the Spirit that is living in us will give life to our mortal body (Romans 8:11). Lord, I pray we will by the Spirit put to death the misdeeds of the body so we will live (Romans 8:12-13).  Lord, thank You for making us Your children, Your heirs, and Christ’s co-heirs when we share in Christ’s sufferings. And then we may also share in His glory (Romans 8:16).  Thank You for allowing the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness (Romans 8:26).  Thank You for allowing the Holy Spirit to intercede for us in accordance with Your will (Romans 8:27). Thank You for being with us (Romans 8:31). Thank You for justifying us (Romans 8:33). Thank You for Christ Jesus who is at Your right hand interceding for us (Romans 8:34). Thank You for making us more than conquerors.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39).

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I remember we are more than conquerors.” <>< Dona