Saturday, May 11, 2013

Romans 8:1-17 - New Life in the Spirit

LINK: Romans 8


BACKGROUND


In light of what we have learned from our previous chapters in Romans, what does "no condemnation" mean? Take some time to think and pray about this before reading the rest of this post. 

"No condemnation" means we are justified as a result of our faith and identification with Jesus. We have been found not guilty and even declared righteous. Therefore, we stand in His grace (5:2) rather than His wrath (1:18) resulting in an eternity with Him (5:17-18, 21).  We have been set free; but the power of sin is still present (Romans 7), but the Holy Spirit is a stronger power to help us to live on a day-to-day basis. We just need to put to death the deeds of our body and be led by the Spirit of God because we have been adopted into God's family as "a child mature enough to take on adult family privileges and responsibilities" (The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Volume II, p. 471).


REFLECTION


Here is a summary of this chapter by my pastor, Steve Lee:


Ten Aspects of the Holy Spirit's Work


1. The Holy Spirit gives life (Romans 8:2; Genesis 1:2; Romans 8:11; John 3:5-6).
2. The Holy Spirit brings freedom from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2; Luke 4:18; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
3. The Holy Spirit provides a positive focus for our minds (Romans 8:5).
4. The Holy Spirit offers a healthy life-style (Romans 8:5; John 10:10).
5. The Holy Spirit controls us (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13).
6. The Holy Spirit directs us (Romans 8:14; Matthew 4:1; Acts 16:6-10).
7. The Holy Spirit makes us sons and heirs of God (Romans 8:15; Mark 14:36; Ephesians 1:13-14).
8. The Holy Spirit assures us of salvation (Romans 8:16).
9. The Holy Spirit helps in our weaknesses (Romans 8:26; John 14:16; Matthew 28:20). 
10. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with God (Romans 8:26). 


APPLICATION


This chapter holds a very special place in my heart (see my REFLECTION tomorrow), and it is also considered one of the greatest chapters in the entire Bible. I suggest memorizing the whole thing! 


PRAYER


Lead us and guide us by Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
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