Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
Free from Indwelling Sin
Romans 8:1 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.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
Romans 8:4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:5 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.
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally (fleshly) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
► To be carnally minded is to be stirred up, in drama, and striving for your own agenda. When we give our agenda to God all the striving ceases. Now, the battle belongs to the Lord.
- Because man’s nature is sinful, man will strive for that which does not satisfy, and he will fight for it!
- Once we give our life to God, the fighting ceases and the door to peace opens.
- 1 Samuel 17:47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
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Romans 8:7 Because the carnal (fleshly) mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Romans 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Romans 8:10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
- Even death is a promotion.
Sonship Through the Spirit
Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, (Literally, Father) Father.”
Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Romans 8:17 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.
- the following story taken from: http://www.pastorlife.com/members/sermon.asp?SERMON_ID=2677&fm=authorbio&authorid=673
- Bill Gates with his Microsoft empire is rich, but that doesn’t do me any good. The Rockefellers may have lots of money up in New York, but that doesn’t do me any good. The Hunts out in Dallas, Texas, may have a lot of money, but it doesn’t do me any good. The Waltons out of Arkansas may have great wealth, but that doesn’t do me any good. You see, I’m not in the Gates family. I’m not in the Rockefeller family. I’m not in the Hunt family. I’m not in the Walton family. But I am in the family of God, and the riches of God and the power of God are available to those who are members of the family.
Now, that excites me. If you are saved, don’t you talk about your poverty and your weakness. You look to your Father. He’s rich and His power is greater than all other dimensions of power. That which belongs to the Father belongs to the child. Don’t you go around living beneath your privileges. If you are a child, you are an heir and a joint heir with Jesus Christ.
From Suffering to Glory
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
Romans 8:21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Romans 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Romans 8:24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
God’s Everlasting Love