ADDoration Ministries
Friday, December 15, 2017
God is SO GOOD; although I have ADD.

Romans 8

ROMANS 8 RICH AND ASSURING INSIGHT

Paul, the apostle, wrote some very spiritually guided rich insight and assurance with Romans 8. For that matter, all of the epistle Romans is especially rich guidance, but Paul especially scored in chapter 8.

To help you in studying Romans 8, I encourage you to first print a web page with the entire NRSV (New Revised Statand Version) text of the scripture. Alternatively open your Bible to Romans 8 -- that is your favorite translation of the Bible. However some of you might prefer to skip to verse 14, because verses 3 to 13 are a discussion about the flesh versus the spirit. Click here to print Romans 8 from the page on this web site.

After printing that page (or opening your Bible), return to this page.

I highlight these verses.

Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."

 

Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, 'Abba! Father!'"

Romans 8:16 "it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,"

 

Romans 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words."

 

Romans 8:28 "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."

 

Romans 8:31 "If God is for us, who is against us?"

 

Romans 8:33 "Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies."

 

Romans 8:37 "we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

Romans 8:38 "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,"

Romans 8:39 "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."

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Verses 1 and 2 are very positive and set you free.

Although in total view Romans 8 is very assuring, some of you might feel uncomfortable about a a discussion of the flesh in verses 3 to 13, and maybe you might feel judged by it. But I don't want that to stop you from reading the rich assurances beginning with verse 14. To some people, the flesh means sex; however Paul doesn't really mean that. Your body is God's gift to you that enables you to live in God's creation; therefore your body isn't evil in itself. It is true that excessive preoccupation with sex does prevent seeing God. But Paul means the spiritual definition of the flesh. So what is the spiritual meaning of flesh -- that depends on your spiritual journey.

As you progress on your spiritual journey, your definition of flesh will change. For simplicity sake, let's say that flesh means earthly desires. An alternative view of the flesh is doing things on your own without God's guidance (that seems to be Eugene Peterson's view in The Message paraphrase of the Bible). Eugene Peterson's paraphrase also seems to say that the flesh means depending on the Mosaic Law for salvation, instead of Jesus' love.

Have I confused you? I mainly encourage you to meditate and conclude, "What does it mean to you?"

Regardless, verses 3 to 13 say that a spiritual belief in Jesus Christ, his love, forgiveness, and sacrifice is far more comfortable and secure than depending on the flesh. This site's web page about Your Spiritual Birth says more about the difference between the spiritual versus the physical (the flesh).

Verses 14 to 17 -- God has a family. You are one of God's children. In fact, you call Him, "Daddy." The word "Abba" means that Father is so kindred with you that he is like "Daddy." You even receive an inheritance, as per "heir" in verse 17. There is more about the family from verses 19 to 30.

Verses 18 to 25 -- their meanings will change, as you progress on your spiritual journey. We all have situations that require us to wait for God's timing. That includes waiting until your spiritual journey causes you to feel more included in God's family. We wait with patience for what we cannot see at this time. Hebrews 11:1 speaks of faith as believing in what is not seen.

You don't know how to pray -- welcome to the club. Verse 26 has that assurance. God doesn't expect us to pray in any precise manner. God doesn't judge the words of any prayer, but instead God knows what is in our hearts. Most of all, the spirit intercedes in making our wishes known to God. The spirit can prompt us along, as we pray.

All things work for good -- we all have heard that many times, and it is in verse 28. Think back over your lifetime. Remember events that happened for your good. That includes what you hadn't believed would be for your good, but they turned out to be for your good. God is in charge of what has turned out to be for our good.

Verses 29 and 30 say that we are predestined to be children of God. Forget Calvinism, because Paul speaks only of positive predestination. Once we believe that we are children of God, then we are justified.

In view of what has been said up through verse 30, If God be for us, who can be against us?

Verses 31 to 37, I had best get out of the way when you read these verses. These verses are a rich train of thought.

The punch line is in verses 38 and 39. Nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

<*(((>< your ADD brother in the Risen Christ,
Lester Hemphill
Founder of ADDoration Ministries

P.S. Eugene Peterson's The Message paraphrase has a worthwhile insight on Romans 8. Gene Peterson sees it differently than I do, but I admire his insight. Click here for Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of Romans 8.