Paul begins looking at the question of Our Suffering which sometimes is referred to, Why do bad things happen to good people? And look at suffering in terms of God’s plan for Creation itself.
He begins with verse 18:
Romans 8:18-22 (NKJV)
From Suffering to Glory
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now
Obviously, Paul’s moved on to a topic of suffering, but actually, his topic here starts a verse earlier than what you just read. He begins to introduce you to where he is going back in verses 16-17 that you read in a previous post. But if you notice at the end of 16 and 17 Paul introduces this idea of suffering as part of the Christian experience. Continue reading
Paul is moving into the Second Half of Romans 8 as he Addresses the Question of Our Suffering and how it relates to Our Eternal Security
Returning to chapter 8 and Paul’s climactic explanation of your security in the salvation you have in Jesus Christ. Starting in chapter 6, Paul began explaining what changed for us as Christians as a result of putting our faith in Christ. And in chapters 6,7,& 8 he has been going through all the ramifications. Chapter 6 is when we learned we received a new spirit given to us by the Holy Spirit, made in the nature of Christ’s sinless spirit. Continue reading
Your Life Now has a New Spirit and as an Adopted Child of God You Share an Inheritance with Christ Jesus
Paul concludes his answer to that second question (in Part 3) with a final effect of the Spirit indwelling a believer. The third way in which the spirit is in us is testifying against concerns we didn’t actually believe or didn’t actually get saved.
Romans 8:15-17 (NKJV)
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Paul says here is your third way in which having the spirit testify to you, he says the presence of the Spirit living in you Continue reading
Your New Life in Christ Jesus Proves Your Eternal Security without Condemnation
Romans 8:9-11 (NKJV)
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Paul has moved out of the first concern. The first concern, perhaps that being in my sin or just the very existence of sin in my life is evidence I haven’t made the trip to salvation yet. The second question is: Well, I know if I am saved, sin is not a problem. I understand that can be a part of a saved person’s life. But how do I know that in my case, that the sin I have, is not the evidence that I just never did get saved? That it is evidence I am not there yet. To that, Paul now says if believers sin at times like unbelievers, how do you know you are truly saved Continue reading