Romans Chapter 8
3 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:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
As we continue our study in romans we see Paul illustrating again how Christ died for our sins. He says the law was weak, because of our flesh or sin nature. He says that the only way to overcome the flesh is through the holy spirit who dwells in us.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
This passage starts out saying that the unsaved person is the enemy of God. That is all unsaved people not some. It says, they that are in the flesh and don't have the holy spirit, can not please God. It then says that saved believers have the spirit of God dwelling in them. Unbelievers do not have this, and God has no part of them. He rejects those who reject him.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
this passage starts saying that the sons (and daughters) of God are led by the spirit. This might be described as a sin consciousness. Then it says that we are adapted by God the father. This occurs upon accepting Christ as our savior. Once we believe on Christ for salvation the holy spirit enters our body and we become the children of God.
17 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.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
These two verses discuss inheritance and suffering. We are joint heirs with Christ, upon salvation. We will be equals with God in heaven. This was Satan's dream, and he hates Christians very much for this. We also may have to go through some suffering in this life. In doing so we will be glorified with Christ. It then says that the suffering in this life is nothing compared to the glory of heaven.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This section gets into the holy spirit who is our comforter and acts on our behalf. It starts by talking about hope and how if we have hope we can have patients. Patients allows us to wait on God, to see us through our sufferings. It says that the spirit comforts us and intervenes on our behalf when we pray. We do not always know what to pray for when we are suffering, the spirit knows and tells God. The last verse says, all things work together for good to them that love God. The sufferings that people go through have a purpose, and it is for their own good.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Ok now we get into some pretty serious stuff here. This passage deals with predestination. The religion known as Calvinism, was founded on this principal. I am here to tell you, they got it very wrong. It starts out saying, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. God knew who would believe on Jesus and who would not, before the earth was formed. The Calvinists say that God Predestinated a certain group of people to be saved. This is false. He calls to all people to be save, only some believe. All who believe are predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son. They are justified and glorified. Verse 32 says that God spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. How many? How many did he choose? ALL, he delivered Jesus for us ALL! This is important to understand, so you don't get brain washed by these cults!
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh 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?
This section starts, by talking about how Christ is at the right hand of God, and intervenes on our (believers) behalf. It then ask is their anything that can separate us form God? The answer is NO! Once saved always saved.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 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.
These last two verses reinforce verse 35. There is nothing that can separate us from God and his eternal love. God can only see Christ Jesus, in all whom believe. I hope this was a blessing to you, and thank you for reading my blog.