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ROMANS CHAPTER 8

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1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

 

Rom 8,1-4

(41b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus is without sin >> He fulfilled the law

(41g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Godís righteousness is His doing 

(118l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Law of the spirit >> Spirit delivers you from the desire to sin

(119l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of God is broken >> Curse of the law is broken -- Had God given the law to perfect beings, it would have had no relevance; instead He gave it to His fallen, imperfect people and it had no effect, so either way the law has no power. It was never meant to emanate any power, but to merely point out our flaws. In these verses Paul calls the Ten Commandments the law of sin and death; that title should not invoke hope in anyone who tries to follow it, or seek to be justified by it. Instead, God has given us a new and better law, written not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts with the blood of Christ. The law of sin and death states that if we live in a body of sinful flesh, we must sin, and if we sin, we must die, but the law of the Spirit states that if we believe in the one who justifies the ungodly, then we will live by the Spirit of His Son who cannot sin, the perfect one who has imparted His perfection in us by faith. 

(227g) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Depending on Jesus to have compassion >> Depending on Jesus to deliver us -- These verses go with verses 35-39

(231e) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Revelation of Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom >> Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom

Rom 8,1-3

(39g) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesusí victory was through His flesh -- It is absolutely essential to understand that Jesus defeated Satan and the law of sin and death through the flesh, that is, in His body that was no different than ours. There were many divine attributes about Jesus, but His flesh was not one of them. His Spirit was the Spirit of God, His soul was that of the Son of God, but His flesh was common to us all. This fact draws out an incomprehensible irony as well as a wonderful truth: the irony is in the simultaneous possibility and impossibility of Jesus giving in to sin because of His combined deity and fallibility, and the wonder of it all was His victory, His absolute perfection without sin affiliated with the spiritual transaction between God, Satan, and His blood-bought people that occurred at His death to deliver them from the law of sin and death. His resurrection was simply the fulfillment of His victory on the cross.

(39k) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated the law of sin Ė Jesus had to become like us in order to deliver us from the sentence of eternal damnation and from the power of sin (see Heb 2,14-18). God had to do more than just wave a magic wand over the problem. He personally had to do something so radical that it even took the devil by surprise. Satan was not expecting God to do this; God has been playing chess with Lucifer ever since he fell into sin. Satan moves, and then God moves, and we are stuck in the middle of the game board. He is playing for our souls, and the one who wins the game gets mankind. Jesus dealt Satan a fatal blow (checkmate) when he allowed Himself to be crucified, whipped almost to death and then nailed to a cross to die. Satan thought His move would win the game, not considering that the Father intended to raise His Son from the dead. Satan failed to realize that though Jesus was encased in sinful flesh He had never committed a sin (Heb 7,24-28). Godís creation resides in the material realm; He maintains His laws and principles; He has a reality of His own and considers it to be the truth, and does not violate that reality. Moreover, He considers the material realm just as important as the spiritual realm, and He will not violate the material realm for the sake of the spiritual realm, but sent His Son in a human body that craves sin just like our own. He used that body to conquer sin by being innocent of it, like Paul so eloquently said in Rom 8-3. God could not have brought the redemption of man any other way; He had to condemn sin in the flesh, and He had to do it through His Son. He defeated sin in the flesh when He died without sin, breaking the law of sin and death, since it was unlawful for death to exist apart from sin.

(117e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Let Jesus do the work >> Let Him work on you -- These verses go with verses 9-11. Now that we know we cannot save ourselves through the law, it is safe to presume that this new way through Christ is not a do-it-yourself salvation, but God has a much greater roll in it than simply giving us a set of commands and telling us to obey them. Rather, God this time has promised to come live in us by His Holy Spirit; how much closer to us could He get? With the Holy Spirit building His homestead in our own spirit comes a host of other promises and implications that the Old Testament law could never afford. Salvation through Christ compared to salvation through the old covenant law are opposites in that the success of one is up to us and the success of the other is up to God. We have a much more passive roll in our own salvation, compared to God's active part that He plays such that we would be much further ahead if we just let Jesus do what He wants in our lives rather than striving to do something for Him, because most of our efforts resemble what is slavery to dead works, unless our labors are born from the freedom of faith.

Rom 8-1,2

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless Ė Justified means just-as-if-Iíd never sinned. For there to be no condemnation in those who belong to Christ means there is no sin. When God looks at His children, He sees us through the finished work of the cross, which has completely forgiven us. There must be this work of grace to forgive us, for we could not have accomplished this on our own. We could not be good enough to merit Godís favor; that is, there has been a replacement of the law of sin and death, referring to the law of Moses, the commandments that God imposed on Israel that worked to regulate their behavior, not to forgive sin, only to reveal it. What makes the promise of the Spirit better than the law of Moses is that while it works to regulate our behavior, it also forgives us. If their thoughts or feelings or the intensions of their hearts conflicted with the law, they knew to cease and desist, but after the cross, this law of sin and death was replaced by the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, who now teaches us about sin. What seems to be less understood is that this law of the Spirit was given in place of the law of Moses for the purpose of fulfilling that law (v4). The new covenant Spirit holds better promise in leading the people of God into His will to accomplish both objectives of setting us free from bondage to sin and of regulating our behavior. Unlike the law, the Holy Spirit advises us of the ways of our hearts and speaks to our conscience. When we sin, He is able to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness at the same time that He leads us in a better direction toward the ways of God. The greatest advantage of the new covenant over the old is that the Holy Spirit knows the purpose of Godís calling in our lives and can lead us to fulfill it, which the law certainly could never do.

(44e) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Completed by God

Rom 8-1

(139k) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Abiding in Jesus -- The term Temple made without hands refers to the idea of God working His grace in your life, only within the purlieu of building unity within the body of Christ, as each brick of the temple represents a member of the Church. Once the temple is built from the material of the saints, it becomes a dwelling place for the Spirit of God and for His people to mix together as one Spirit, that is to join spirits with God and man, as 1Cor 6-17 says, "But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him," and this is the concept of abiding in Jesus. 

(161h) Condemnation (Key verse)

(161j) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satanís attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Condemnation without basis of sin

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2&3 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,

 

Rom 8-2

(25k) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Dead in sin >> The human condition without Christ

(118j) Law Of The Spirit (Key verse)

(254g) Trinity >> Holy Spiritís relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of Godís life >> Jesus conquered death because He is life -- The trinity is a perfectly balanced interdependency between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When Jesus came in the flesh, He was completely dependent on the Holy Spirit to direct Him into what to say and do; He served as the link between the Father and Son. Jesus was the exact image of the Spirit, so that the righteousness He maintained in the flesh directly translated to the life of the Spirit that Jesus emanated as an exact reflection of the Father, who is Spirit and the source of all life, whether physical or spiritual. Jesus attributed His abilities of healing and wisdom to the Father, but the actual working part was the Holy Spirit, whom the Father controlled to direct Christ into every situation. You can follow the chain of command starting with the Holy Spirit who is the servant of all, then the Son who acts as the exact reflection of God's mercy, and ending with the Father who is above all to see that they are exact duplications of one another, except that they hold individual positions within the Godhead. 

Rom 8,3-10

(16c) Sin >> Manís nature is instinctively evil >> Man has a body of sin Ė In chapter six Paul says we must force our bodies to obey the Lord, because it has a mind of its own, figuratively speaking, indicating the frontal view of its depravity. We can program our minds to obey the Lord, but at some point we will have to get out and push. Paul actually spoke this way, calling it ďthe flesh.Ē The body will die one day and we will continue living, proving that our bodies were not our essence. Technically, our essence is a soul, yet our bodies seem to have a mind of its own not in reference to the brain. Our bodies seem to have a mind beyond the brain that is hidden somewhere; we donít understand ourselves completely. Our bodies have desires that seem separate from our will; we can force our minds to think a certain way, but our bodies will always think the way it wants, and we will have to place our flesh under constraint. We will never be able to trust our flesh, simply because it is not programmable. At some point, we will have to force our bodies to do our will. We program our minds for the purpose of directing our lives in a certain way, but our bodies along the way will want to deviate into darkness.

Rom 8-3,4

(90j) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> We do not nullify the law through faith; we fulfill it -- Jesus delivered us from sin both literally and potentially. According to Gal 3-13 He literally delivered us from sin as it says, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He also potentially delivered us from sin in that He made a way for us to overcome sin in our daily lives; we no longer have to be in bondage to it. We now have a choice to live free from greed, lust, pride, hate, bitterness, envy, revenge, and all the other evil behaviors that curse our lives more than we fulfill them, or the people we try to curse with them, and it says we accomplish this by walking in the Spirit. What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? The word "Walking" implies what we do and how we live. Therefore, the definition of walking in the Spirit means to know what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing it; and of course, the Holy Spirit will lead us in ways that fulfill the law. 

Rom 8-3

(37b) Jesusí Humanity (Key verse)

(37c) Judgment >> Jesusí humanity >> He had human flesh -- Jesus ďcondemned sin in the flesh.Ē This statement alone contains the gospel in a nutshell and fully describes what Jesus accomplished on the cross, this being by far the most powerful aspect of the gospel: Jesus Christ defeated sin in the weakness of human flesh. He didn't defeat sin through His omnipotent power, but through His infinite wisdom by blunt determination, testing what He believed about the righteousness of the truth, which deserved the ultimate sacrifice of His life to preserve it. The fact that Jesus was born in the flesh made the Son of God vulnerable to sin (though Jesus never sinned). He apparently put the Godhead at risk of upsetting the delicate balance of unity and power within the trinity, God giving Satan a clear shot at the throne if he could just make Jesus commit a single sin, but he couldn't do it. This test proved God's love and commitment to His truth and righteous, which is the composition of God, and it proved that righteousness ultimately triumphs over evil, and that Satan is wrong in everything He believes about the power of sin. 

(37i) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> He emptied Himself >> From equality with God to human frailty

(194e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Hate evil by being innocent of it

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4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Rom 8,4-13

(56h) Paradox >> Opposites >> He must increase, but I must decrease

(187h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Spirit versus the flesh >> Deny the flesh to walk in the Spirit >> More the flesh dies, more the spirit lives Ė With those who have the Spirit of God there is a death about them, which is a discernable trait lacking in the experience of the pseudo-Christian. We should remember that Paul started this conversation using Abraham as an analogy in chapter three, and the Bible says when Abraham was called, he went. There were two ingredients in his calling: hearing God's voice and doing what he said, one representing death and the other representing life. We know that Jesus died and rose again on our behalf, and the same sequence is in the death and life process of the Christian. Dying to self happens at the moment of salvation when we dedicate our lives to Jesus Christ and sacrifice all our plans and visions for the future and take on Godís plan and purpose; it is a death that will follow us for life. We are not doing our will but His will, and that takes sacrifice and dedication, and the result is the privilege of carrying the torch of His life in the world.

(192b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your life to gain Godís purpose Ė Our bodies will not inherit the promises of God because of sin; it is destined for the grave to decay, so when God resurrects His people, He will give us new bodies made of a substance that exists nowhere else in this present universe. The spirit of the believer is alive as a result of the Holy Spirit who has inextricably woven Himself into our spirit, so that we have become one with Him, and our flesh is ignored in the process. God has commanded us to use our bodies to serve Him and do his will. The reason our flesh is reluctant to do His will is that there are no rewards in it for doing so. Instead, the reward goes to our spirit who will live forever and we will be rewarded in heaven for coercing our flesh to serve God. The only reward the flesh receives is in this life in the form of a lack of consequences, for if it were up to our flesh, it would lead us from one addiction to another with consequences galore following us in hot pursuit.

Rom 8,4-8

(79a) Thy kingdom come >> Putting your heart on display >> Depending if your mind is renewed Ė Paul said that those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit; this is true Christianity in the proper order; we set our minds on the things of the Spirit and then live accordingly. We canít live according to the Spirit without first setting our mind on Him, for whatever we set our minds to do, this we will do. We emulate whatever we put in our minds. If we lead a godly life, it indicates we have godly minds; likewise, if we lead a depraved life, it indicates we have depraved minds. Whatever is the object of our attention will determine the direction of our lives. It is just like Jamesí tongue as a rudder idea. Jm 3-4 says, ďLook at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.Ē The same holds true with the mind, how we program our minds will determine what we do, and the very first body part that is affected by the mind is our tongue, possibly because it is closest to the brain, and all our other appendages will fall in line with the tongue. We say whatever we believe and live however we speak. Our lives are following a certain course that our mind is thinking and our tongue is speaking. If we want to go in a certain direction, we must program our minds to go there, which will determine our speech, which will lead us down the path of our choosing, but if we donít program our minds, it will choose a path for itself, which will invariably lead us into darkness and despair.

(166h) Carnality (Key verse)

(167d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Bound to the earth -- These verses go with verses 12&13. This topic describes the vast majority of all the people on earth. Their minds are set on the things of this world, and they don't know anything else, and they don't believe the alternate view of Christianity. When so many people collectively think and feel alike about what they consider to be real, what they believe unfortunately becomes reality for them, but for those of us who allow God to paint His mural of reality in our hearts, we must struggle with the intrinsic deception of the world. 

(175a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Trying to bend kingdom principles -- These verses go with verses 12&13. There are many people within the Church who walk in the flesh and believe they are in the spirit. This is very dangerous ground, something to avoid like the plague. The way to avoid it is simple -- if you are not renewing your mind in the Scriptures or have a prayer life, just admit it. Don't say you are walking in God's gift when you are not, that is witchcraft! Is God's gift so subtle and impotent that it is hard to tell whether you have it or not? If you want to walk in God's gift, then pursue it according to Scripture and obtain it through knowledge and much prayer, but never attempt to bend kingdom principles doing mental calisthenics believing you are walking in the Spirit when you are not. 

(197a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to renew your mind Ė How do we set our minds on the flesh? We donít have to do anything; the flesh is the default mental state, and it is hostile toward God. There is something we must do to change this state, being the reason Jesus came and died for our sins, being the reason we need to be saved. Unless the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us, leading us into His will, our minds will remain set on the flesh, ďsetĒ meaning resolute. Persecution against the saints is the result of hostility in the mind, and we need to understand that this hostility is the default state. They did nothing to become hostile in mind toward God; they hate us by default and persecute us as a knee-jerk reaction; they donít even have to think about it. Anybody who has been persecuted knows what it is to look into the face of their persecutors and see that they are not the ones making the decisions, that these things are happening to them on their own; they are coming to their conclusions without any process of thought. It is just like sex. God didnít have to instruct Adam and Eve how to be fruitful and multiply; they instinctively knew how to do it. The same is true about the world; they instinctively hate God just like they instinctively have sex.

(199c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Frustrating the grace of God >> Frustrating Jesus >> Frustrating the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verses 12&13

Rom 8,4-6

(6d) Responsibility >> Advocate Godís cause >> Jesusí yoke of death -- These verses go with verses 12,13

(105j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit >> To the truth >> Led into the mind of Christ

Rom 8-4

(11d) Servant >> The law is our standard of conduct Ė Because the law was given prior to the Spirit, and the Spirit is the only means by which we can fulfill the law, we can safely say that the law was never given to follow, but only to reveal to us our evil ways. The idea is to follow the Spirit and let Him lead us to fulfill the law. The law is like a set of milestones and the Spirit is like a trail through the woods that leads to those milestones. Following the law is like trying to walk through the Alps Mountains, looking across a vast gorge, seeing the next mountain and trying to walk to it, and invariably getting lost, instead of using the trail. We donít always use the trail because it often veers in opposing directions, but we donít know there is an easier way to get to the bottom of the valley, or across a raging river using a bridge afforded by the trail, instead of drowning trying to cross it our own way.

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5-9 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

 

Rom 8,5-8

(16g) Sin >> Manís willingness to be evil >> Instinctively acting against righteousness Ė By instinct the flesh treats Christianity harshly. Even if you wanted to serve Christ in the flesh you couldnít, because the flesh cannot please God. You cannot pretend for long to be righteous when you are disallowing the righteous one His rightful seat in your life at the helm. If you feel the need to be religious but don't want to change your life to accommodate the will of God, the truth about your heart refusing to serve God will soon be revealed, because your flesh cannot imitate righteousness for long. 

(21e) Sin >> Disobedience >> Unfruitful

(97g) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing the direction of Godís will >> Focusing your attention on finishing the course Ė Heb 10,32-36 warns us not to backslide as a protection against falling away from the faith, and this passage describes the process of falling away in detail. Paul in no way is writing to unbelievers; he never did; why would he? Unbelievers are not the audience of Paulís writings or the Bible in general. Paul absolutely was writing to Christians, to believers in Jesus, and he said pointblank that some Christians set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who do this will not be Christians for long, because no Christian can do this as a life of faith. A person who lives according to the flesh and sets his mind on the things of the flesh, has already backslidden, and is on his way to falling away from the faith.

Rom 8,6-8

(162g) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Addicted to sin >> Being a slave to the sinful nature -- This verse goes with verses 12&13

Rom 8-6

(227c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards us for obeying Him >> Fruit of the Spirit is its own reward

Rom 8-7,8

(181a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the authority of God

Rom 8-7

(52b) Judgment >> Judging Church with world >> Law judges sin >> Law is hostile against us -- There is enmity between man and God, man hates God and God finds fault with him, both because of sin. As we in our flesh are hostile against God, having the fleshly nature that is instinctively rebellious against His laws, God's law is just as hostile against us for not obeying it, according to Col 2,13-15. 

Rom 8,9-17

(132b) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in Godís people >> Spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of Jesus -- These verses go with verses 35-39.

Rom 8,9-11

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit

(117e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Let Jesus do the work >> Let Him work on you -- These verses go with verses 26-34

(227k) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to instill His life in us

(254j) Trinity >> Holy Spiritís relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Salvation of Jesusí Spirit -- Encased within these words lies yet another tremendous passage that exonerates the trinity. In verse 9 Paul first refers to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God, and in the same verse calls Him the Spirit of Christ, then in the very next verse he uses the phrase "Spirit of Christ." If Paul says that the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are the same Spirit, then it implies that God and Christ are the same, all we need to do is agree with him, no interpretation necessary. These verses are clear about the Father and the Son melding together as one Spirit. Now look at verse 11 and see that Paul is not done making the connection by further separating the Father and Son to show that even from a distance they are still one and the Same. See how the Spirit of God has raised Jesus from the dead, showing a glimpse of Christ in a passive state in the grave being resurrected by the Father. It is the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead, who was addressed as the Spirit of Christ just two verses earlier well within the same context! Yes, it was God in the flesh who came down from heaven and gave us the life of His flesh so we could inherit the life of His Spirit through faith in His cross. 

Rom 8-9,10

(68g) Authority >> We have been given authority to be the children of God

(156f) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their repentance Ė Many people claim to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them, yet they donít act any different from the world; their conversation is never seasoned with grace (Col 4-6), nor do they speak to edify or are useful in spiritual fellowship. They hold to a kind of righteousness that denies the power of God, and Paul says to stay away from such people (2Tim 3,1-5). Does the Holy Spirit really dwell in them? The Church doesnít have to assume that the Holy Spirit dwells in those who donít produce the fruit of the kingdom; rather, if anybody does not fill his hands with good works, God has given us authority to assume that the Holy Spirit does not dwell in him. There are those who have learned the nomenclature of Christianity, but what they cannot speak are words of faith. There is a difference between the gibberish of religiosity that does not edify and the oracle of God that speaks by a revelation of Jesus Christ. However, we should keep in mind that there are those who struggle in their Christian walk. There is the gray area where the Christian really is struggling in his walk, yet is holding tightly to the indwelling Holy Spirit; it happens to us all. Give them time and they will correct it, but if they donít, we should not consider them true brethren.

(238g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Jesus will never leave us -- These verses go with verses 35-39

Rom 8-9

(132d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in Godís people >> God gives his spirit as a pledge >> His Spirit is a seal -- This verse goes with verses 16,17. This tells how God in the judgment will separate the sheep from the goats, and note in Mat 25-40 that He will base His judgment on our deeds, yet he does not need to assess our deeds to determine whether we are sheep or goats; all He need do is look inside us to observe that His Spirit dwells in us, defining us as His sons and daughters and automatically placing us in the category of sheep, and those who do not have the Spirit of God are automatically placed in the category of goats. What this means, correlating with Scripture, is that sheep cared for the sick and homeless and imprisoned, etc., while the goats did not. Therefore, if anyone possesses the Spirit of God, he will produce the fruit of the kingdom.

(217k) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Godís will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you never received anything from Him

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10&11 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 

 

Rom 8,10-13

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken -- These verses go with verses 19-23. Some have depicted the Christian life as though we lived in a cadaver; although it is still able to move and function, like a zombie it is exempt from the kindness, grace, mercy and love of God, because it is part of this creation that is cursed. Our body is cursed, but our soul is not part of the curse, though it has been poisoned by the flesh, yet we can be redeemed, adopted as it were into Godís kingdom, and for this reason He commands us to die to self and live for Him. He has bought rights from Satan to adopt our spirit from this world and from this creation that He might give us new bodies one day that do not live under a curse. We were born in a body that was cursed but with a soul that was not part of this creation, and for that reason God was able to infuse His spirit into our spirit, but the curse will die one day.

(134g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Body of sin >> Our bodies are home to the sinful nature Ė Our bodies will not inherit the promises of God because of sin; it is destined for the grave to decay, so when God resurrects His people, He will give us new bodies made of a substance that exists nowhere else in this present universe. The spirit of the believer is alive because as a result of the Holy Spirit who has inextricably woven Himself into our spirit, so that we have become one with Him, and our flesh is ignored in the process. God has commanded us to use our bodies to serve Him and do his will. The reason our flesh is reluctant to do His will is that there are no rewards in it; instead, the reward will go to our spirit who will live forever. We will be rewarded in heaven for coercing our flesh to serve God. The only reward the flesh receives is in this life in the form of a lack of consequences, for if it were up to our flesh, it would lead us from one addiction to another with consequences galore following us in hot pursuit.

Rom 8-11

(38i) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of the righteous -- This verse goes with verse 23. What exactly is raised from the dead? Some say we will be raised with the same body we had in this life, but by the time the resurrection occurs our bodies will have deteriorated into the ground, leaving behind a skeleton, and even that will decay over time or else be petrified. If God intends to remake our bodies the same as it was before death, will He use the same molecules? Some say yes. However, they may be emphasizing the wrong point: it is not our bodies that will be raised in the same condition in which we died, but our souls. We, our souls, will be in the same condition in which we died, so if we died in faith, we will be raised in faith, and if we died in sin we will be raised in sin. When Jesus rose from the dead, He was able to cloak His appearance any way He wanted. He could make Himself appear as a perfect stranger or allow His disciples to recognize Him, so whether He had the same molecules in His body and was raised in the same form and had the same appearance is irrelevant, for what came from the grave identical to His former life in the flesh was His soul. The soul of man never dies; it is the body that dies, so it is no wonder when He raises the dead we return the same people, regardless of our bodies. Those who want the same body and appearance of the flesh probably enjoy their sinful nature, and for that reason they may find themselves partaking of the second resurrection instead of the first. We will recognize one another in the resurrection regardless of our looks. Although we will have physical bodies, they will be spiritual in its quintessential nature, and our soul will be spiritual through-and-through. Therefore, we will be more spiritual than physical, if we could only understand this to be true also of this life.

(59h) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Life of the resurrection / Life of the anointing -- The Spirit of God who is responsible for all life lives inside us, whom we believe with all faith and hope that He will give eternal life to our mortal bodies after it expires, how could such an arrangement not empower us now to live above the elementary principles of the world and anoint us to complete God's calling regardless of how impossible it may seem? 

(255e) Trinity >> Holy Spiritís relationship between Father and Son >> Godís word is Spirit >> God is Spirit -- The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead because it was written in the Scriptures that He should do so; therefore, the word of God and the Holy Spirit are equal in that they never contradict one another; that is, the Holy Spirit always fulfills Scripture. When you consider how many times the Bible says that God raised Jesus from the dead, then in this verse it says the Holy Spirit raised Him, it divulges the fact that the Father and the Holy Spirit are also equal. Therefore, we can conclude that the word of God, whom the Bible claims to be Jesus Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are all equally one and the same entity. They are all God, though each person holds His individual position within the trinity. 

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12&13 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh - 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

 

Rom 8-12,13

(4i) Responsibility >> The choices you make >> Accountable for your sinful nature Ė We put to death the deeds of the body through the Holy Spirit. That is, we donít use the flesh to kill the flesh; that would be like committing suicide, and our flesh is not suicidal. Instead, we use the Holy Spirit to put to death the deeds of the body. It is like a computer that cannot restore itself by the same operating system it uses to manage the computer. We must introduce a second operating system that uses files other than the ones we are trying to fix. For this reason God has given us His Spirit to kill the sinful passions and desires that wage war in our members. The Holy Spirit is completely opposed to the works of our flesh and seeks to dominate its rule over us, though He is not by that an enemy of the body but desires to heal us, for the body itself is not inherently sinful, since we can use it for good or evil.

(6d) Responsibility >> Advocate Godís cause >> Jesusí yoke of death -- These verses go with verses 23,24

(25l) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Youíre walking in death if youíre not walking in Jesus Ė Paul says that if we donít kill the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit, then the only alternative is to live according to the flesh, and in that case we must die. It is not a possibility or a probability; it is an absolute guarantee that we will die. It is a law, that if a person jumps off the top of a building, he must fall to his death. Just as we experience the life of God in heaven and also in this life, so if we live according to the flesh, our spirit will die; our relationship with God will die; our hope of eternal life will die, and when we die, we will stand before God at the White Throne Judgment and be condemned to eternal damnation in hell where we will die forever. He didnít say this might happen; he said it must happen. Death means separation from Christ. Death will separate us from our faith and our salvation, and when the body dies, it will lead to separation from heaven itself, for hell is a place of the dead.

(115b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working Godís grace through Christ >> We receive the anointing through Christ -- These verses go with verses 31,32. Particularly in the book of Romans, Paul stressed faith as the active ingredient of our salvation, but here he says that we are under obligation to put to death the deeds of the body through the Spirit. This passage is a fine specimen of working with the grace of God. There are two components of our salvation; there is Godís mercy and Godís grace. His mercy comprises the works that God does for us forgiving our sin without any of our assistance through the blood of Christ, and His grace is the spiritual unction known as the anointing. We work with God using the anointing to overcome our temptations and to promote the Kingdom of God in the world. His mercy He works alone, but His grace He works with us and we work with Him to accomplish His will. The Spirit that He has given us is the gift of our salvation that He planted on our hearts as a seed, in hope that it might grow into a plant. The seed represents Godís mercy and forgiveness, and the plant that extends from the seed represents His grace. It breaks the soil to grow into the open air and into the sunlight for all to see.

(118l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Law of the spirit >> Spirit delivers you from the desire to sin

(162g) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Addicted to sin >> Being a slave to the sinful nature -- This verse goes with verses 20-23. The Bible makes no provision for practicing sin in the Christian life. The only advice the Bible gives to the Christian who practices sin is to repent, for we will either become free of it or we will die. This concept of dying is the process of evicting the Holy Spirit from our hearts one step at a time, separation being the very definition of spiritual death. The Holy Spirit dwells in us through faith, but if that faith dies, the Holy Spirit can no longer dwell in us, and our salvation is no longer valid. Christians have a choice between life and death, and this spiritual death can be interpreted in various ways, though it would behoove us to realize that multiple interpretations are really only multiple levels of the same concept. When we commit a sin, we can confess our sins and be restored, but if we donít repent, the Holy Spirit takes a step back. If we allow ourselves to become enslaved to sin, the Holy Spirit takes another step back. We must fight for our freedom and struggle to retain it and force the word of God into our lives. If we do this, the Holy Spirit will extract sin from us and put His anointing in its place, and we will become stronger Christians for it, but if we do nothing and let sin continue to dominate us, we will die in cascading stages of separation from God, starting as symptomatic numbness of heart and mind, then progressing to blindness and hard of hearing. If repentance doesnít occur, further separation from God will ensue, eroding our relationship with God until our faith becomes a distant memory and we become a hollowed-out version of Christianity. 

(167d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Bound to the earth -- These verses go with verses 4-8

(175a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Trying to bend kingdom principles -- These verses go with verses 4-8

(187h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Spirit versus the flesh >> Deny the flesh to walk in the Spirit >> More the flesh dies, more the spirit lives -- These verses go with verses 4-8

(190dc) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Suicide >> Die to self for Jesus' sake

(199c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Frustrating the grace of God >> Frustrating Jesus >> Frustrating the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verses 4-8. Paul taught a faith-based gospel, while James taught a works-based gospel, and they didnít contradict each other. Teaching like Paul, Jesus spoke about believing in Him, but more in terms of obedience, for those who believe obey and those who obey believe. ďHe who believes in MeÖĒ He started many sentences with those words. This concept of frustrating the grace of God, some people might think in terms of making God mad or disappointing Him, but it is more than that. Our disobedience can certainly frustrate the grace of God, but there is a point of frustration that can eventually lead God to remove His Spirit from us. We need to understand that the indwelling Holy Spirit and the faith that He produces in us are one and the same, so that when a personís faith dies, it is tantamount to God removing His Holy Spirit from us.

(230i) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Anointing is the mystery of godliness -- Paul says that we put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit, not by self abasement or any other form of masochism, which is all that stems from human effort to traverse our evil nature. When Paul speaks of the Spirit in this context, he is referring to the anointing, which is the term used sparingly in the Bible mostly in the three epistles of John. Actually, it is used far more in the Old Testament than in the New; however, that is not to say the anointing is not for the new covenant church. On the contrary, the anointing is the top subject of the New Testament, which indicates that it is implied throughout the whole New Testament, and that we should read it with the anointing in mind in order to properly interpret it. But what is the anointing? It is God's response to living to the best of your ability the way you will when you get to heaven. In other words, it the reward for obedience to renewing your mind in the word of God, to a life of prayer, and to a clear conscience. 

(236g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest your treasures into the kingdom >> Invest your flesh

Rom 8,13-18 

(117a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by dying to self >> Working the rest of God Ė We are under obligation to work with the grace of God to put to death the sinful passions and desires of the flesh; this is not a choice, and he said that the reward for doing this is that we might live, and when he said that, he meant that we might have eternal life in heaven, and also that we might spiritually live and experience the life of God here and now. It is one thing to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us and never see any results, but it is another thing for the indwelling Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of His Kingdom and by that fruit experience the life of God. Paul said, ďIf we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the SpiritĒ (Gal 5-25). These are not suggestions; this is not Paul giving us advice; he is saying that as Christians we are obligated to work with the grace of God to kill the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit. 

Rom 8-13

(254c) Trinity >> Holy Spiritís relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> We live because He is life >> We live because we died with Him -- Jesus died and rose again on our behalf so we would die to the sins of our flesh for the purpose of living in the Spirit. This living and walking in the spirit is the same idea as having an anointing from God, which acts as a pledge for the type of blessing that we will receive in heaven, only on a grander scale. Rejecting the sins of the flesh and refusing to walk in them is a lot like the way Jesus lived, which led Him to be crucified. God will not ask you to hang on a cross to be pleasing to Him, but He will ask you to live like Jesus, which takes much sacrifice and promises to radically change your life. The more willing you are to change your life, the more He will change it through His anointing, and then the more willing you will be to change it that you may nurture and protect the anointing and let it grow. 

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14&15 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"

 

Rom 8,14-17 

(33c) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Believers are children of promise

(35f) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Father sends the Holy Spirit Ė This is also saying that those who are not being led by the Spirit are not the children of God. How many people appear to be led by the Spirit? We can tell by their conversation whether it is on on their minds, because they would be talking about it. The process of being led by the Spirit is developing the hearing ear for the Holy Spirit and doing whatever He says, but this process is not happening in the vast majority of people in the Church, much less in the world. We need to rethink Christianity and take some good advice from Peter who said, ďBrethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumbleĒ (2Pet 1-10). We need to examine ourselves as Paul said in 2Cor 13-5, ďTest yourselves to see if you are in the faithÖ! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test?Ē We look to each other for our standard of faith, and we see that the smallest amount of faith is more than what most people have, so we feel good about ourselves. We feel that we are on the road to heaven, because we have a mustard seed of faith, and have heard that this is all the faith we need to get to heaven, which equals about one small corner of our heart devoted to Christ; the rest is ours to do whatever we wish. This is Christianity today, better known as apostasy. Jesus expected that mustard seed to grow into a respectable plant; what happened to the rest of that analogy?

(105k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit to the truth >> Spirit will lead you to Christ

(156g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Manifesting the Holy Spirit is evidence of salvation

Rom 8-15

(24a) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of hardship (punishment) Ė We have good reason to put Jesus at the center of our hearts and allow Him to take over every aspect of our lives. This is what He wants in each of us, and if He doesnít get it, whatever remains of us reduces to varying levels of idolatry. Probably the most common fallacy ever forged is that God has given us our lives to live, that we are to enjoy the few messily years He has given us in whatever fashion we decide, of course, within the framework of faith. This rendition of Christianity is rampant in the Church today, and it is a hoax. This is not at all what the Bible teaches. When we look back to Moses and the Israelites, how God delivered them with a mighty hand from their 300-year slavery to the Egyptians, once He delivered them, God claimed ownership of them. He commanded them to obey Him; there were no legitimate life-decisions the Israelites made for themselves; they could decide where to plop their tent, on one side or the other of a bramble, but when it came time to leave and which way they should go, this was not theirs to choose. God was adamant about having absolute control over them so that if He didnít get it, He would make them wander in the wilderness until that generation died who would not serve Him. He then worked with the next generation and led them into the promise land. We serve the same God, and He will do the same to us if we refuse to serve Him. We are currently wandering in the wilderness without any direction, and He will allow us to stay our entire lives if that is what we choose. In our wanderings we may develop a wonderful career and have all kinds of money and live in a beautiful house and drive nice cars and raise healthy children and see our grandchildren, but our spirit will be lost in the wilderness, and we will feel dead inside the whole time, self-induced spiritual depravity, which we substituted for serving Christ.

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 23. Adoption is perhaps the greatest expression of compassion; it always attempts to help people in regard to their basic needs: food, clothing and shelter. Compassion does not weigh the extenuating circumstances; i.e. the person is homeless because he is lazy and he doesnít want to work. Compassion doesnít care if he is lazy, but neither does compassion want to adopt the person. However, a case when compassion does want to take on a lifelong project is with parents who adopt children from other countries who have no hope of a future and raise them to adulthood. Another case is the relationship between God and His people; He has essentially adopted us. After Adam fell in the Garden of Eden, man no longer belongs to God but to the devil, so when we get saved and return to God, He receives us as children adopted from Satanís world. Other goals of compassion are when a family member has long-term needs, and another case is when doctors and nurses work for decades helping thousands of people throughout their career. Compassion can also have short-term goals, such as to help strangers in their immediate situation to get back on their feet, to put food in their stomachs and get off the streets. None of us have the resources to indefinitely continue helping strangers in dire situations, so compassionís ultimate goal is to lead them to Christ, who can help them forever.

(163e) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Being a slave to fear

(208k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Emotional relationship Ė This is the experience of every Christian in his spirit; we cry to Him especially on those days when our spirit feels badgered, persecuted, maligned and tormented by a world of unbelief that is all around us. Sometimes it gets so bad we cry out, Abba Father! my God, my God! Yes, we have the sufferings of Christ; we do suffer with Him. All it takes is to place His Holy Spirit in our hearts, and it guarantees suffering in this world, because the Holy Spirit teaches us to love God in a world that hates Him, and that automatically causes suffering. Sometimes the faith of unbelievers is more caustic to us than their unbelief, the things they use to defend themselves against a God that loves them, riddled with deception and insincerity. Our cry to God is the greatest evidence that we are His children. It may not be proof to anyone else, but it is to us. We want so much to be in heaven and live with Him. We are doing His will, biding our time trying to please Him in every way we can, but we are counting the seconds, every day we know we are closer to the day we will finally meet God face to face and be ushered into His kingdom. We spend our whole lives just waiting for the words, ďWell done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your masterĒ (Mat 25-21).

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16&17 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

 

Rom 8,16-25

(98h) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith ŗ Suffering ŗ Glory) -- The Bible says here that the new creation, beginning with ourselves, will come into our own through suffering, likening it as giving birth to a child. The Bible uses this analogy in many instances, because it well depicts the idea of suffering with a reward. It also implies a miraculous event over which the woman (analogous of the Church) is not in control. Knowing that the last days precedes the new creation, and that we are more likely to be living in the last days than any other generation before us, this reference to suffering may well be talking about us and perhaps some of our own experiences in the near future. So, buckle up and keep your eyes trained on Jesus, who is our reward.

Rom 8,16-23

(38g) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of freedom

(188h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Sorrow >> Grieving over your own loss >> Grieving over your sinful nature Ė There are many people who suffer, but not all their suffering is the suffering of Christ. There are some who suffer from birth defects, injuries, being born into an environment of drug addiction and prostitution, and it goes on forever. God will reward none of this kind of suffering; rather, the sufferings of Christ that God intends to reward are those of His children. If they were born into a household of crack heads and prostitution and there discover Christ, He will reward them for suffering their environment for Christís sake, but if they are not His children, then all their suffering is in vain. The suffering of Christ is all about enduring the assault and insult against the Spirit of God who dwells in us. We wonít be reward for the sins we commit that cause us to grieve, but we will be rewarded for the sins of others that we patiently endure. Our suffering is on a spiritual level. The world can persecuted our flesh, but underneath all that suffering is a spiritual endurance that carries a far greater reward. This spiritual suffering is something that happens to us every day. For example, we are tempted to get angry, but we strive to protect our relationship with God, and we donít want to break our fellowship with Christ, requiring us to repent again. It is this mental and spiritual anguish that carries the greatest reward in the Kingdom of Heaven. God will be most pleased with us that we sought to preserve our relationship with Him.

Rom 8-16,17

(36f) Inheritance (Key verse)

(36k) Gift of God >> Inheritance >> Jesus is our inheritance Ė We are the children of God and inheritors of everything that belongs to Jesus, and what does He own? He owns everything! He owns the entire creation from His Father and every creation that is created after this. Since Jesus is part of the trinity, He is co-owner of the creation with His Father, and we are His brothers and sisters and thus fellow heirs of all things with Him. Our present status in this life is that of a steward, according to the analogy of Hagar and Sarah in Gal 4,21-31. Hagar was Sarahís maid; both Abraham and Sarah grew weary of waiting for God and sought to produce a son through Hagar, but the promise to Abraham was that Sarah would conceive, who was destined to become the child according to promise. Ishmael then was born according to the flesh. They were both blood relatives of Abraham, but only Isaac was blood relative to Sarah, and so we see that the promise was spoken to Abraham, but it was made to Sarah, our spiritual mother. Ishmael fathered slaves, while Isaac fathered Israel, the nation whom God created by His word. They are the children of promise, and we have inherited their position through faith. In this life we are stewards of the things of God, but in the next life we will be in co-ownership of all things with Christ.

(132d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in Godís people >> God gives his spirit as a pledge >> His Spirit is a seal  -- These verses go with verse 9. We bring the gospel to our neighborhoods and talk to people about having faith in Jesus, and we often hear this comment: ĎI think Iím going to heaven.í Most evangelists at this point open the Bible to 1Jn 5-13 that says, ďThese things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.Ē So we have the word of God that testifies of us. If a person were truly born of God, he would know it as an absolute fact. A person could perform signs, wonders and miracles and encourage many people to believe in Jesus for their eternal salvation, yet it personally does not afford him confidence in his own salvation like the testimony of the indwelling Holy Spirit. No one can perform miracles without being a Christian; yet this is not as convincing as the witness of the Holy Spirit in the inner man. The indwelling Holy Spirit is what allows him to say, ĎI know that I know that I am born of God and destined for heaven.í We know we belong to Him, not because we perform miracles, not because we read the Bible, not because we do great acts of altruism, but because we have the witness of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Isnít this what Paul was saying in the love chapter? ďIf I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothingĒ (1Cor 13-3). If we donít have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, all our acts of kindness are for nothing. We cannot use them to increase our self-confidence about going to heaven. The indwelling Holy Spirit proves it better than anything, but only to the believer. It is not a proof to anybody else; this proof Paul called a seal (2Cor 1-22). All the ways we live help in our relationship with God and help convince other people that we are the true children of God, but none of it proves anything to ourselves that we belong to Him, compared to the witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The reason we know our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life is that we have fellowship with Him in our inner man.

(155g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Holy Spirit bears witness of the believer Ė Paul is talking about the witness of the Holy Spirit as the Christianís greatest personal testimony. His works and his words testify that he is a blood-bought child of God going to heaven, whose name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life, but the witness of the Spirit is even greater, though this testimony cannot prove to anyone else that he is among the saints. The witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit means more to the believer than the testimony of his life. A Christian can struggle in fleshly bondage to various sins, yet his confidence is not shaken and his faith not swayed, because he has the witness in himself that he is a child of God. This is how we know for absolutely sure that we belong to Him.

(207ca) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> God will accept you into heaven if you overcome Ė Being born of God is not an experience; it is a spiritual state in which we have become heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, ďIFĒ we suffer with Him. ďIfĒ can be the biggest word in the Bible under certain contexts like this one. We donít want this word to bite us. If we are not willing to suffer with Him, then we will not be glorified with Him either, and everybody in heaven is glorified. If we are unwilling to take upon ourselves the sufferings of Christ, it is evidence that we are not saved. We are not talking about a person having a lapse in his faith; people are inconsistent; thus, we are talking about a consistent unwillingness to suffer with Christ. There is no greater showing of faith than to suffer for His namesake. A person can get involved in ministry, stand in front of a crowd and preach from the pulpit or be a member of the choir or be part of the maintenance crew or the cleaning crew, etc. These are all signs of faith, but the greater sign of faith is a willingness to suffer shame for Christ. There is no greater evidence of salvation than for the world to point at us and say, ĎHe is one of them.í

Rom 8-17,18

(190b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Taking your sinful nature by force -- These verses go with verses 22&23

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18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

 

Rom 8,18-23

(225j) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about nurturing the people of God >> Parables about a woman in labor giving birth to a child

(238e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> New creation >> The new creation is our spiritual identity -- When God created the heavens and the earth, He saw that it was good. However, what we see is death and destruction the degeneration and decay of all things. I don't think God would have called that good. When Adam and Eve sinned, God cursed them and everything they owned, which is the entire universe. Perhaps the original creation was not like it is now; perhaps when God cursed Adam, He then patterned everything that belonged to him after the substance of his now failing body. When God goes to make all things new, He is going to make a big production out of it, and include us in the making of it, since we are the first fruits of the new creation (Jesus is the first fruit of the first fruits). According to what we read in Scripture and see with our eyes, the entire universe is our inheritance and God patterns its substance after the physical composition His children, the entire universe will consist of the same material from which our bodies will be made after God makes all things new. He said that we are the first fruits of the Spirit. Did you hear the word Spirit? Yes, the next creation will be made of a spiritual substance; God will create our spiritual bodies first, and then pattern the rest of the universe (our inheritance) after us, which can no longer get old or degenerate or ever die. Since the farthest star shines by a substance invented similar to our own bodies, then it must be part of our inheritance and one day exist within our grasp. 

Rom 8,18-21

(109d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Revelation of the true children of God -- When God sets up His new heavenly kingdom, He will be the center of it, and we will be right beside Him in all that happens throughout eternity, implying that the universe will revolve around us (whether physically I don't know; the last time we thought that, it wasn't true). Paul spells it out clearly when he says that the creation is waiting for us to be revealed. That means it is contingent on us, like the conductor of an orchestra. In this silly life we do what we can to scratch out some kind of meaning to our existence, but we're fighting against entropy, futility and an innate meaninglessness that was sown into the fabric of this creation that is dying with us, in stark contrast to the next life and the next creation that will support life eternal. Nevertheless, our purpose in heaven will continue to be what it is here, to serve the Lord and to love Him with all our heart and to love our fellow created beings; if we do that we will discover a purposeful existence in this life.

Rom 8-18

(94c) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective on this life >> This life is temporary

(226f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Eternal rewards Ė Paul said this to encourage us to continue enduring our hardships and difficulties and not to waver in our faith but to stand strong, because there is tremendous hope and promise in the afterlife for those who love and serve Christ. It hasnít been fully revealed to us what we will inherit; He didnít explain it all to us because it wouldnít have helped. All we need to do is look in the sky and see the stars, or use a telescope to see whole galaxies, Godís immense size and power, and realize that He is infinite. Therefore, we should understand that to serve God certainly carries with it a reward, one that goes far beyond anything we could imagine. For Him to tell us what we can see with our eyes is redundant, and even if He told us, we still wouldnít be able to grasp exactly what He has in store for us. He basically told us what is coming through certain parables, saying, ďWell done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your masterĒ (Mat 25,14-23), or in Lk 19,12-26 each one was given a mina and later reported how many minas multiplied from the one. The more they made the more cities they received in payment for their faithful service to Him. It wasnít the number of minas they were given that determined how many cities they would govern; rather, it was how much their investment grew that determined their reward. What we accomplish for the Lord has a bearing on the value of our inheritance, but our ability to comprehend our inheritance has not been given to us because it is infinite, whereas we are finite creatures. Everything God does is both eternal and infinite.

(233k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through hardship Ė Generally speaking, one aspect of the glory that is to be revealed to us is the simple fact that we will be in heaven, referring to the parable Jesus spoke about the crew laboring under the hot sun, each person getting a denarius, regardless how long they worked (Mat 20,1-16), not mentioning the value that the denarius will bring in heaven. In addition to the glory of heaven will be the rewards we have amassed on earth. Receiving our reward from Christ will be like a rich man who was down on his luck one day; suppose he had car problems and we came along and helped him. The time and effort we spent working on his car cannot be compared with the payment we received from Him. We may have spent an afternoon fixing his car, but he gave us thirty thousand dollars for helping him, which is a whole yearís wages for many people.

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19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

 

Rom 8,19-25 

(121c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Hope is the expectation to receive >> Expectation based on hope Ė Paul said that we hope for what we do not see (v24). He mostly used the word ďfaithĒ throughout the book of Romans, but now he uses the word hope, making a distinction between the two. Hope is the expectation to receive, being a manifestation of faith. Because of hope we can do many things; conversely, from a lack of hope there are many things we cannot do; i.e., without hope we cannot wait. When we think of people who are in dire straights who are really struggling in their faith, such as in wartime, in many cases everything is taken from them until all that is left is hope, and it is the one thing they use to get through one day to the next; they hope that the war will end. Maybe they have a little chocolate stashed away and it gives them a little hope, a reprieve from their difficulties. Some people hope for many things; theyíre young, so they hope one day to get married and have a family and find a descent career that pays the bills and gives them a reasonable standard of living somewhere above the poverty line. So they hope for these things, and the things they hope are realistic; a person might hope for a million dollars or to marry a billionaire, but the likelihood of it is remote, so their hope is unrealistic. Other people hope for things that have no value; a drug addict hopes to get high again today. Things that are of little value or are unlikely to come true are generally not considered hopeful, in that a genuine hope bases its expectations around things that are realistic and meaningful. The Christian hope is that we will inherit eternal life in paradise and receive a resurrected body that cannot die. This sounds like a fairy tale to many, but to those who believe in God, it is very realistic. Our hope is based primarily on the creation itself that it required a creator; therefore God exists. Our hope is also based on Israelís religious past; they exist, therefore what the Bible says happened to them is a historical fact. What the prophets have written have come to pass, and they have written the things we also hope for the future. Paul said in this same chapter, ďThe Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of GodĒ (v16). We instinctively know that God loves us, and we read in the Bible that it is true, and the Spirit whom He has given also confirms it; otherwise how could God have created the universe without love, since love and wisdom are sisters, and we see knowledge and wisdom as characteristics of the universe, indelibly stamped into its substance. All these things are just as realistic as the young person who hopes to get married and raise a family. We know that God exists, and the things that are written in the Bible are things He has done, and there is no other written testimony about God that better explains Him and His works.

(126k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Patience >> Have patience for the return of Christ >> The physical return of Christ

(224c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Description of the new creation

Rom 8,19-23

(24e) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Waiting creates anxiety Ė Paul is using the word ďanxietyĒ not as the people of God are anxious, for Jesus addressed anxiety as something to avoid. If we are anxious for the Kingdom of God to finally redeem us from slavery to corruption, our waiting is harmful; we just need to relax. However Paul is talking about the creation itself, personifying about the earth and the entire universe as though it were a living organism and as though it were anxiously awaiting Godís kingdom to deliver it from corruption, longing for the freedom of Christ that is ours as the first fruits of the creation that is devoid of the curse. We watch nature shows and see lions tackling wildebeests and cheetahs killing gazelles and hyenas stealing their meals. We could look at the insect world that is infinitely more violent, and we could look closer at the world of bacteria and viruses and see the war that is being waged by the medical field. We could look still closer and see atoms warring with other atoms for electrons, stripping them from their valence shells to form ionic bonds, and other battles ending in a sharing of electrons in covalent bonding. The creation is at war with itself on every imaginable level where the least is the least and the greatest is greatest, but in the Kingdom of God and in the creation to come the least is greatest and the greatest is least. This makes all the difference, making for a perfect world where everything is balanced. All the suffering and anxiety of the creation will finally dissolve into peace.

(33d) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Kingdom belongs to the children of God Ė Figuratively speaking, the creation knows that its creator is God, but it looks to us, knowing that we are a sign of its imminent redemption. In eternity we will not treat the new creation like man treated this earth, but will care for it and nurture it. When God commanded Adam to subdue the earth, He didnít mean to put it under his thumb as a tyrant, but to subdue the curse. In the new creation there wonít be a curse and no need to subdue anything. Instead, we will be gardeners and the creation itself will be good soil prepared for the seed, and mankind will plant his seed in the fertile soil of the new creation, and it will bring forth fruit and life forever.

(44d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> Finish the course

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken -- These verses go with verses 10-13. For the creation to anticipate its freedom from corruption, suggests that it has known something else in the past. At one time it was not subject to corruption, but was devoid of any curse. The earth is subject to a curse now, but we look at other planets and realize that what has happened to them has happened to the entire universe, and we quickly learn to appreciate our planet that does at least support life, making it unique. It was the entire universe that was cursed, not just us and not just this planet. For God to do this, it would seem a massive sacrifice on His part to essentially destroy His own creation. He had this whole thing planned from the very beginning. The curse that has afflicted the creation was Godís response to Luciferís rebellion in heaven, since the entire universe was his inheritance.

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Rom 8,19-22

(33l) Gift of God >> Believers are special to God >> He has given us all things Ė The hope of creation is that we will take on immortality; it is longing for this event to occur as a signal for its own immortality. How much more, then, will it look to us after we inherit the new heavens and the new earth? God will subject the universe to us, and we will take care of it as God commanded Adam and his descendents to garden this planet, though we miserably failed because of sin. Yet, after He removes the curse and makes all things new He will give His new creation as our inheritance, and we will garden it to Christís specifications throughout eternity. Figuratively, the entire creation looks forward to the resurrection of the saints. They will be the first of Godís creation to be rescued from corruption in which we find the current state of the universe. (When Paul speaks of the creation, He is talking about the entire universe.) We know the universe cannot long for anything, suggesting that Paul is personifying, and when he speaks of the revealing of the sons of God, he is referring to the children of God receiving their resurrected bodies, devoid of corruption. It cannot die and is made of a substance that will compose the new heavens and the new earth. The saints will be first to put on this new substance that overcomes the curse. Our resurrected bodies will no longer be in want or need or fear of anything. Our new bodies will never die, and though we can eat if we want, it will not be necessity. God will create the new heavens and the new earth after the Millennium, but it says that we ourselves will receive our new bodies at the resurrection of the righteous, which will happen directly after the trumpets outlined in the Book of Revelation, and before the bowls of Godís fierce judgment against the world for their wickedness and unbelief. It says that the creation itself rejoices with anticipation of the first resurrection, knowing it is next in line to receive new heavenly bodies, devoid of corruption. Stars and galaxies that cannot die will remain forever positioned wherever God has placed them.

(34d) Gift of God >> Believer owns everything >> New creation belongs to us

(70jb) Authority >> Believerís authority >> We have been given authority over all creation >> We have authority over the elements -- In this passage it is clear that we will certainly be the caretakers of the next creation, even as we were called to be caretakers of this creation, though we have mostly abandoned that position by evidence of the way we abuse the earth and those who dwell on it. With authority comes great responsibility. Obviously, in the next creation sin will be capped, so it will not get in our way again, ensuring the fulfillment of our calling and the success of all our endeavors. God will set up everything for a utopian society and we through His will and assistance will create that society, as He leads us full-circle back to the garden of Eden, where we will be the gardeners of His kingdom, and He will rule and reign among His people.

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20-25 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

 

Rom 8,20-23

(162g) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Addicted to sin >> Being a slave to the sinful nature -- This verse goes with verses 6-8. We Christians can't wait to take off this mortality and put on immortality. We are not alone in our death, but the whole creation longs to be set free from its slavery to corruption, and for God to inject His life into us and into the rest of all creation that all things may be alive. From animate to inanimate objects, all things will rejoice with the life of God. We can't understand this now, but when we get to heaven, we will then truly realize for the first time just how hard a life we had living in a dead world with some things living merely from an organic standpoint. You might suspect that I am referring to Pantheism. (Pantheism is the religion that believes God is in everything). The only thing wrong with Pantheism is that those who adhere to its precepts believe God is already in everything, when this is obviously not the case. We know that the true meaning of Pantheism defines the physical state of heaven and we are not there yet. God may be in everything in the sense that He is holding all things together, but He is withholding His very essence from the creation. We know a little what heaven is like by the Spirit that He has given to us, but our bodies have yet to be replaced by bodies that are spiritually alive even as our spirit is alive, and even as the entire creation (the universe itself) will one day be alive!

Rom 8-22,23

(190b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Taking your sinful nature by force -- These verses go with verses 17&18. The part of Christianity that is so uninviting to those who do not share our faith is after we have cultivated faith to believe in God, we find that our bodies are not excited as is our spirit; our bodies still want to behave contrary to the will of God. Our flesh is not affected by our born again experience. It still wants to act as if we did not believe, after all the work we do to renew our minds in the Scriptures and interacted with God through prayer. It comes down to this one solution: we must take our sinful nature by force and make our bodies do what we want, like a strong-willed child who fights his mother all the way to the barber shop. We long for the day when we can shed this cocoon of evil wrapped around us and live in compliance to the will of God without our flesh nagging us to sin. 

Rom 8-23,24

(6d) Responsibility >> Advocate Godís cause >> Jesusí yoke of death -- These verses go with verses 4-6

Rom 8-23

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 15

(38i) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of the righteous -- This verse goes with verse 11

Rom 8-24,25

(99n) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in faith

(107c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word of God creates faith

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26&27 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

Rom 8,26-34

(117e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Let Jesus do the work >> Let Him work on you -- These verses go with verses 1-3. God searches the hearts and minds of His people, and He knows what the mind of the Spirit is thinking, because it is His own mind. Just as we have a Spirit, so God has a Spirit. Our Spirit is our own, and we can share the contents of it, but we cannot share our spirit, whereas God shares His Spirit with all His people along with His thoughts. The Spirit of God represents His essence, and just as we know our own mind, so God knows His mind. God thinks thoughts that are different for each person; He doesnít think the same about everybody; He treats everybody as individuals, and the Church is one. His goal is to unite the individuals and make them one Church, one people. When God searches the hearts of His people, He seeks comparison and contrast of our mind to His mind, and where our heart differs from His heart He seeks to changes us to conform with Him, so we think the thoughts of God and agree with Him, understanding His thoughts for us and for His Church.

Rom 8,26-28

(248b) Priorities >> Godís priorities >> The will of God >> God exercises His will

Rom 8-26,27

(9g) Responsibility >> Strengthen us by the sword of His Spirit >> Through prayer Ė These verses comprise the most straight-forward passage in the Bible pertaining to a specific kind of speaking in tongues. Now that we are on the subject, hereís a quick overview of the topic. Basically, there are three kinds of speaking in tongues: there is one that you do by yourself in your own prayer closet, (that one pertains to this verse), and there is one you do in public, such as in church, which requires interpretation. There is a third kind that is much like the second, except that it requires no interpretation in that you are actually speaking another language that a foreigner in your hearing can understand in his own language. In any and all cases the goal is edification. To research it yourself, begin by looking in 1Corinthians chapter 14. Going back to the type of speaking in tongues that pertains to this verse (the one you do in your prayer closet), This is the type most commonly heard in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, the prayer language that God intended them to use for personal edification only. In other words, they are wrong to use their prayer language in a public setting, because it has no power to edify the hearers. If they feel spiritual, then they need an interpreter or else speak in a language that someone can understand. 

(29h) Gift of God >> God is on our side >> He fights our battles for us Ė We live in a body of sinful flesh, causing the indwelling Holy Spirit and our sinful nature to be at constant war with each other. Sometimes we understand ourselves on a spiritual level and sometimes we donít. The flesh has wisdom of its own, and when bad things happen, our flesh speaks to us in a language we understand and counsels us against the wisdom of God, so we pray in the Spirit and God eventually breaks through the fog. There is a place for tongues, but the purpose of coming together as a church is to edify one another (1Cor 14-6,26). In Pentecostal churches we often find many people speaking in tongues at the same time; Paul considered a church that did this to be out of order, since there was no effort to edify one another. Those who practice this kind of service prove that edification is not their primary goal. It is up to the pastor to keep things under control.

(35i) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Receiving the Holy Spirit as a form of baptism

(83i) Thy kingdom come >> Jesus intercedes for us >> He prepares us to meet the Father Ė God wants to intercede for us, and we cry out to Him with groaning too deep for words, knowing the darkness is in us and we donít know how to get rid of it. Prayer is a form of intercession by the Holy Spirit. There is much intercession that transpires in prayer; in fact, intercession literally means prayer. We need this so desperately because of our condition as sinners, being forced into compliance with God, while living in a body that wants nothing more than to sin. God wants to answer our prayers, which is intercession in itself, but always when we pray He wants to intercede for us, because of our continuous need to repent, always to come closer to Him, to be revealed an area of darkness that is in us, evil desires that hide in our hearts, shrouded in mystery of the human soul. God knows our hearts; it is too bad we donít. We know our hearts to some degree, but the aspects we donít know are cloaked in denial. There is no greater influence of darkness than denial. It is an evil within man to deny the facts, making up stories, twisting and perverting the truth about us and the truth about God. God intercedes for us because He knows the darkness in us that we have hidden. Instead of repenting and admitting our sin and beseeching God for help, we just lie to ourselves, burying it under further layers if deceit. God uses the places in our heart that are genuine to uncover the places that are fictitious.

(95a) Speaking In Tongues (Key verse)

(95b) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude >> Speaking in tongues >> Groaning too deep for words -- There are many times when we have feelings too great for thoughts, or when we have thoughts for which we have not yet found words that speaking in our prayer language can temporarily replace, until we can find thoughts for our feelings and words for our thoughts to describe our experiences. We pray in tongues until God brings the revelation of His mystery that He put in our hearts. 

(229d) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> God causes the growth >> Kingdom grows according to the will of God

Rom 8-27

(74f) Thy kingdom come >> Heart is manís central value system >> Where value interprets the man

(212g) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> Nothing hidden >> God knows your heart Ė The context of this verse is praying in tongues. Paul said that we have the mind of Christ (1Cor 2-16), but only because we have been seeking Him and have discovered aspects of Him that He desires to reveal in us, but on many occasions we donít know what He is thinking, and so we pray in tongues, and in those moments God reveals certain things about us and about Himself, and He tries to draw us to Him, so we come closer to His thoughts. God knows our thoughts and knows when we deviate from His will, and many times the changes He desires to bring come in the form of conviction regarding sin, because He cannot reveal His will to us until we repent. He leads us into repentance and into further death to the sinful nature. Discovering this concept of dying to self for some people comes with a hefty side order of stark fear. If there is any aspect of the Christian that makes Him wonder if he really wants to identify with Christ, and makes him wonder if the trail he is walking will really bring him fulfillment, the subject of dying to self scares him the most, and for some it averts them from Christianity altogether.

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28&29 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

 

Rom 8,28-30

(91f) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Walking along the narrow way >> Walking in Godís calling is to fulfill His purpose -- We all want to feel that we have purpose in life, but very few of us know what our calling is from God. We who seek purpose should understand that to fulfill our calling is our purpose. The question is: how do we come to know our calling from God and to what extent must we go to discover it? It takes a life in the word of God and the same in prayer before we will come to know what God has prepared for us. These things are the basis of everyone's calling from God. In this spiritual knowledge we will discern our calling. Then and only then will we feel that we really have a true purpose in life.

(250h) Priorities >> Godís prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> The first is a precondition for what comes after it (Cause and effect) Ė Life consists of a sequence of developments that are in one way or another linked together. For example, when a tornado blows down our house, it causes things to happen, which causes still other things to happen in a cause-and-effect chain of events. With the people who love and serve God He takes that chain that is in the process of transpiring and directs it toward the good that He has prepared for them for His namesake. Instead of allowing evil to consume His beloved with no countermeasure, instead of letting their misfortune continue down the road of randomness and ruin leading to further darkness and despair, poverty and the unknown, God turns their circumstances in His favor and toward His calling in the lives of those who serve Him so they can achieve His goals and accomplish His works that He has prepared for them, and in the process glorify Himself and bless His beloved children. Those who love God have testimonies of Godís faithfulness that they can tell others and encourage the despondent with hope, who are going through many of the same things.

Rom 8-28

(29k) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> He knows how to supply our needs

(228m) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God causes all things to work together Ė This is one of the most adored verses in the Bible. Paul is saying that God causes adverse circumstances to work in His favor and to the benefit of those who love Him. He turned the bloody mass of the Son of God who was flogged beyond recognition and nailed to a cross to die, the evil responsible for this He turned to good in the lives of those who would believe in Him for eternal life. He does the same to the evil in our lives to spite the harm that comes to us, to spite the robber that has stolen from us, to spite the murderer who has killed our loved ones, and to the restoration of those who love Him. He works this way in the lives of those who are in the process of fulfilling His calling. These are the ones He is able to turn the evil that has happened to them to good, but to those who are bitter and judgmental and unforgiving and hateful, the lawbreakers, criminals, the wicked and those who hold to a form of godliness but deny its power, God cannot turn their evil into good. Instead, He turns the evil they do to others who love and serve Him into good. When natural disasters occur, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, those who follow Christ, He turns all their suffering and loss into good, but it takes faith and patience to see it.

Rom 8-29,30

(220c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestined according to His foreknowledge Ė We have two terms: foreknowledge and predestination together in one verse to show the difference between them. Foreknowledge is just that; God knows the end from the beginning. He knew us before we were conceived in our motherís womb, even from the beginning of eternity, but predestination means something else. Foreknowledge is passive; He simply knows the future, while predestination is an active term, meaning He is doing things to make sure that what He knows comes to pass. His calling consists of things we do to ensure Godís purpose is fulfilled in our lives. So it goes from a passive knowledge to guaranteeing the future to working with Him to ensure His calling is fulfilled in our lives. Godís foreknowledge counts the number of people who love Him; while predestination guarantees that we personally conform to His image. Foreknowledge characterizes God sitting in His chair and thinking about the future, whereas predestination depicts Him standing from His chair and going to work, doing things that He knows must happen. There are forces at work in the world that want to obfuscate the purpose of God that are directed against His elect, making Him occasionally get off His chair and see to it that His will is done. He does things for His people to make sure they go though the proper channels, meet the right people at the right time, come to the proper conclusions that lead to giving their heart to Jesus and live for Him as the elect.

Rom 8-29

(29i) Gift of God >> God is on our side >> God identifies with us >> Jesus is our brother

(43c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the character of Jesusí image

(238d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Jesus is born again from the dead -- Jesus was never born again in the sense that we must be born-again. We started without the Holy Spirit present in our lives and then were introduced to Him the day we commended our spirit to God. With Jesus, though, He was physically born with the Holy Spirit already dwelling in Him as the identity of His soul, and according to Rev 1-5 He was first born from the dead at His resurrection. If Jesus is called the first-born, then there must be more to follow Him; that would be the Church. However, if we are to follow in His physical resurrection, then we must first be born of the Spirit. When we are born-again, we become a different person, but there is also the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit who continually leads us throughout our lives into the calling of God to take on the image of his beloved son, which will be finalized at the resurrection of the righteous. Anybody who believes in God for the salvation of their souls will someday rise from the dead in a similar manner that Jesus did without the chance of ever dying again.

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30-34 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

 

Rom 8-30

(120f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> God passes over our sins Ė According to Scripture we know that we were justified by the simple act of believing in Him. We were justified from all the wickedness we did before we got saved. Now that we are Christians, God continues to justify us according to our faith as we continue to live for Him as the elect. We perform the work that God has prepared for us, setting us apart from the world, and God sanctifies us through these things. We come to realize that the sanctifying glory of Godís salvation is not in our faith when we first believed but is in the faith process of continuing to believe in Him. This represents the glory of God in each person, until the course that God has set for us has been fully achieved and we enter into eternity to discover the glory that He has prepared for us that we will enjoy forever that far exceeds anything imaginable in this life. There is a one-to-one correspondence between the obedience that we implement in this life and the glory that we will enjoy in the life to come.

(234ab) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> God chooses us as we seek His glory >> As we follow Him

Rom 8,31-39

(28b) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects us through our faith Ė Paul rhetorically asks us who is against us, and the answer, being self-evident, is that no one is against us, though we may have many enemies. Paul was a man who had more enemies than probably anyone, yet none of them wielded any power over him, for how can we have any real enemies if God is on our side? Paul was speaking more about eternity than he was about this life, because in this life it was true that he did have many enemies, but in eternity all his enemies will be gone. They will either get saved and be his brothers in heaven and would never want to hurt him, or they will have ultimately rejected Christ and found their place in hell, where Paul will never have to deal with them again. We need to develop the mindset of eternity now and begin to look at our problems and our enemies as we will in heaven, being impotent to harm us. Jesus said that many of us will be persecuted for our faith, yet not a hair of our heads will perish (Lk 21,16-19). We need to think in these terms now; ďyes I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear HimĒ (Lk 12-4,5). The one who commits his faith to Jesus and fears God has nothing else to fear.

(29j) Gift of God >> God is on our side >> God identifies with us >> He is our advocate Ė If anyone is going to bring a charge against Godís elect, it will be God, but His ministry of intercession toward us is for grace and peace and mercy and goodness, and so no charges will be filed against us from heaven. The charges that man would file against us are inconsequential compared to the divine charges filed against them for falsely accusing us, unless of course we have broken manís law. Then we will get what we deserve without partiality, and not even God will defend us. Instead, Godís plan for us is to maintain a blameless reputation, so that if in anything we have been charged by manís court, we will stand in a superior court by Godís justice with a clear conscience. Human courts can certainly strike fear in us, still Paul asks, ďWho will bring a charge against Godís elect? God is the one who justifies!Ē We choose not to be of this world, but we cannot choose to be in the world, and we must live accordingly. After we have fulfilled our obligation to man, who will bring a charge against us as Christians? To the one who would accuse us after we have fulfilled our duties as citizens of this world Paul says, ďGod is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns?Ē Jesus Christ would condemn us except that He went to the cross for our redemption, and we believe in Him. What about our accusers; do they believe in Jesus? He bled and died for us, better, He was raised from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of His Father, and we believe in Him who intercedes for us.

(39e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus overcame the world

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Rom 8-31,32

(34e) Gift of God >> Believer owns everything >> All things belong to us Ė God will give to those who come to Him literally everything He owns. He will even give us His throne; we will sit next to Jesus, who is sitting at His Fatherís right-hand. He will withhold nothing from us because of His great love for us. The depth of Godís love is something we will never understand about Him. When we look at ourselves, we donít see what He sees. When we think of our own children and the love we have for them, they look at us and they can see the love in our eyes for them, and it flatters them, but they donít know what we see in them. We love their innocence, remembering ourselves at their age. God sees Himself in us just as we see ourselves in our own children, except Godís love is multiplied by infinity, and this is the part we donít understand about God.

(35b) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> He is generous with the Spirit of His Son Ė God is not finished giving us His Son, but will continue giving throughout all eternity. The things He wants to give us are the things that bring glory to God and make for peace in building up the body of Christ.

(36d) Gift of God >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> All good things are gifts from God

(115b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working Godís grace through Christ >> We receive the anointing through Christ -- These verses go with verses 12,13

(209k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Father sent His son to the cross

(227h) Kingdom of God >> God working in you >> Depending on Jesus to impart His gifts into us >> He gives us what we give to each other

Rom 8-33,34

(18b) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Condemning Godís people Ė Anyone who would condemn us, God will judge. ďWho will bring a charge against Godís elect?Ē This statement doesnít mean God thinks His people are free of guilt; rather, it means no one has authority to judge us. The world regularly condemns Christians for sinning, but God does not stand with the world in agreement even when His people are guilty as charged, because a Christianís righteousness and his sin is between he and God and nobody else. Now, if a Christian commits a crime, then the judicial system will do its job and throw him in jail, but the sin remains between he and God. Within this context, God simply does not recognize the worldís judgment against His people. You can know for certain that God was dealing with this child long before he committed the crime. This is what God has against him, not that he disobeyed the laws of man, but that he disobeyed the Holy Spirit. Paul said in 1Cor 4-3,4, ďBut to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.Ē People can judge us all they want, but their judgments are in no way related to the way God thinks and feels about us. For this reason Paul was able to say, ďThe one who examines me is the Lord.Ē Paul was not even conscious of his own sin, for the moment he committed a sin, he repented of it, putting it in the past, making it irrelevant to God, thus to Paul. The only thing that matters to God is the present, who calls Himself I AM, so that if we are in a state of repentance, the past is irrelevant. He wants us to repent for the sake of our future so we donít screw it up, and so we can embrace His plan, for we cannot do his will while we are sinning.

(243f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of Gd >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting the Church of God

Rom 8-34

(38d) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death (Satan) >> Resurrection brings about judgment -- So many things took place at the resurrection of Jesus Christ; God judged man's sin through Christ, but it was all the handiwork of His death, coalesced with His perfect life. It was the resurrection that proved His victory over sin and death, but it was His death that actually won the victory. It would have been meaningless to achieve victory over sin without showing some kind of proof of it. This makes the resurrection just as vital as His blood sacrifice, being the other side of the same coin, that His death and resurrection are a single unit; they are not separate entities. One cannot exist without the other. You cannot pull down a bobber without it floating back to the water's surface any more than you can kill the source of all life without it coming back to life. Jesus is alive now as He was before, but some things have changed. Just like in a game of chess, the same piece can occupy a square that it used a few moves earlier, but being there again means something different to your opponent; it is a different game now! Evil tried to destroy the essence of what is righteous, and good and it failed. Now judgment must ensue until evil is completely taken from creation for all time, while God proves that His righteousness-based character dominates the power of sin.

(67c) Authority >> Jesus at the right hand of the father (Great High Priest) >> He is interceding for us there

(83e) Thy kingdom come >> Intercession >> Jesus stands in the gap >> He prays for us

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35-39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED." 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced 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 the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Rom 8,35-39

(39f) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> He overcame every circumstance Ė ďBut in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.Ē This is the same description the Father gave to His Son. Many trials and tribulations came to Jesus and He dealt with each of them, some by the wisdom of God and others by the power of God. We deal with our trials and difficulties too, some by the wisdom of God and others by our own foolishness, and sometimes we rise to the occasion and God emboldens us and empowers us to resolve our problems with His sovereign hand upon us. No matter what happens and no matter how we deal with our problems, this description does not change; so long as we continue striving to glorify God and please Him in every respect. This description of Jesus Christ Paul has given to us. They stripped Him and flogged Him until He was almost dead and then nailed Him to a cross, and there He gave up His life by the predetermined plan of God, that He might invoke His salvation to all who would believe in Him. God raised Him from the dead and caused Him to overwhelmingly conquer through the Father who loved Him, and He will do the same for us. No matter what we are called to endure, the worst thing that can happen is that we die, and we already have Godís promise of being participants of the First Resurrection, where we will be raised in glory to be like our Master who bought us with His own blood. If all the sins of the world were piled on Jesus to the point that the Father had to turn His face from Him, inciting Jesus to cry, ďMy God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?Ē (Mat 27-46), how much more is this statement true of us: nothing ďwill be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Ē We know how it ended; Jesus went to hell and deposited all that sin where it belongs, and then God raised Him from the dead, and now we overcome sin by faith in Him.

(46d) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Hindrances to the kingdom

(98j) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith ŗ Suffering [Circumstances] ŗ Glory [Victory]) Ė We remember our less mature selves when we first believed, the way we treated adversity and the poor decisions we made; it just brought on more trials and tribulations. We invited these things into our lives, and then blamed God for them. Paul provided a description of our circumstances that resembles that of our Savior. ďWho will separate us from the love of Christ?Ē likewise, who could separate Christ from the love of His Father? Did ďtribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?Ē The same is true with us. Christians live to be just as old as non-Christians; they may be persecuted and endure fiery trials, but usually it doesnít kill them, and we become better people for it, and this is why God allows difficulties in our lives: to perfect us. Of course if we fall to the power of our circumstances and allow our difficulties to overcome us, our faith suffers; but if we rise to the occasion and deal with them, it will create the character of Christ in us, which is Godís plan. This does not mean that the more we become like Christ, the less trials we will have; to the contrary we may have more because of it, but we will deal with our trials in a better way to mitigate them.

(132b) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in Godís people >> Spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of Jesus -- These verses go with verses 9-17

(227g) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Depending on Jesus to have compassion >> Depending on Jesus to deliver us -- These verses go with verses 1-4

(238g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Jesus will never leave us -- These verses go with verses 9&10 Paul didnít need to give suggestions as to what cannot separate us from the love of Christ, because of the question mark at the end of his sentence. "Who will separate us from the love of Christ?" He gives examples showing that there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to keep us from believing in Jesus. Even our persecutors cannot stop us from achieving our ultimate goal of heaven. They can saw us in two; they can contort our bodies until they break; they can starve us to death; they can pick any method of torture they want, but in the end they will fail to keep us from our eternal destiny. Instead we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Then he gives another list of spiritual entities that are equally impotent in curbing our faith. The beauty of persecution is that it actually bolsters our faith. Sometimes we get so bogged-down that we forget why we believe, feeling very much alone in our faith. Sometimes we wonder how we ended up being Christians while everybody else is out there having fun, or so the story goes. Yet, in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Sometimes we get bogged down in or relationships with our family members and wonder why we love them, but when someone else slanders them, we immediately stand to defend them. That is like faith to persecution; it makes us stand at attention and seek Godís strength, and then we remember all over again why we believe.

(241f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles that keep you from Jesus

(243h) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The body of Christ is indestructible >> The new man is indestructible

(250m) Priorities >> Godís prerequisites >> Lists >> Terms of graduating to the next level >> List of physical circumstances Ė Jesus overcame every circumstance. If He needed to walk on water, He did. If thousands ventured into the wilderness to listen to His sermons, He fed them. Things donít exactly work that way for us, yet we are the Fatherís children and brothers and sisters of Christ. The Bible teaches that God loves us as much as He loves His own Son (Jn 17-23), which is hard to imagine; nevertheless, we go through hard times. Note that the Father threw His Son under the bus to save us; therefore, we should not be surprised if He throws us under the bus to save others. Look what Paul had to endure in order to reach the known world with the gospel, ďin far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned...Ē (2Cor 11,23-28). We want God to treat us the same way He treated His Son, so no matter what the circumstances, we will overcome. He waved His hand and suddenly the wind and the waves became calm. We wish we had that kind of power over our circumstances, but to be treated like His Son also involves suffering.

Rom 8-35,36

(189b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Holy offering Ė God has placed Paul on the altar of sacrifice on our account and God has plunged the knife into his body and the blood has flown from him in the execution of his ministry of evangelism with the suffering he endured to bring the gospel to the nations, yet who will separate him from the love of Christ? The things Paul listed that cannot separate us from the love of God were things that personally afflicted Paul throughout his ministry, yet in all these things we overwhelmingly conquered through Him who loved us. Paul offered his body as a martyr knowing he would come to life and in the resurrection of the righteous. He would get his body back, not the old one, but a spiritual body that cannot die. Nothing is lost in sacrificing our lives for the gospel; God has not failed to fulfill His promises made to the fathers; we can model our lives after Christ and put our own bodies on the altar for the sake of the gospel that others may hear the word of God and be saved from this perverse generation. At the resurrection of the righteous we too will suffer no loss, only gain on many levels, grace through hardship, the souls won to Christ, a better resurrection from a life of faith and friends to enjoy forever.

Rom 8-35

(26e) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is separation from Christ Ė So long as we donít become our own worst enemy, nobody else can hurt us in Christ. There is only one person Paul did not mention who actually has the power to keep us from heaven, and that is the believer himself. If we quit believing in Jesus, then we are no longer believers. The question is whether we can quit believing, and the answer is yes. God will not stop us; He refuses to infringe on our freewill. There are cases when people want to revert to their former unbelief. God does not like it when people quit on Him. Some have questioned whether their faith was real and came to the conclusion that it wasn't and then stop believing in Jesus, but they know the world is real. Is the world real? That is highly debatable! Sometimes people run back to the world, thinking they will be happier there, but it always ends in disaster, even if they become happier in this life. We understand the backslider who develops a guilty conscience, but what about those who fall away from the faith altogether and feel nothing? They donít even miss God! Perhaps they never did believe.

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Rom 8-37

(228l) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God works the victory in your life

Rom 8-38,39

(122c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God to keep the Church

(207a) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> Perish By Losing Your Faith >> The apostasy (walking out the same door you came in) Ė In the list of things that cannot separate us from the love of Christ Paul didnít mention the believer himself. If someone changes his mind and decides he doesnít want God anymore, we might find it difficult to imagine anyone reneging on eternal life, but people have done it. Some think they can do this and get away with it, that God will still save them even though they have given up their faith, but God works with us through our will, and when we choose not to believe in Him anymore and if we choose not to live with Him in eternity, He will honor our request. He will never force us to do anything. He doesnít want anyone to feel trapped in paradise, because then it wouldnít be paradise. God would never violate our will, because that is partly what makes us in His image. The person who chooses to serve God throughout his life, can be sure of heaven, that there is no outside force that can knock him off course or separate him from the love of Christ. If death is our greatest enemy and even it can only lead the way to eternal life, then nothing has the power to take what God has given. We can be sure of heaven through faith.

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