The consequences for our spirit (chapter 6) and the consequences for our flesh (chapter 7) give us the eternal security of God’s righteousness.
Welcome to the study of Romans chapter 8. This is a powerful chapter that reconciles what was learned in the previous 2 chapters of Romans. If you have not studied Romans chapter 6 and chapter 7, I recommend you take time to read and study them as it would help fill in the connections when Romans 8 refers back to those chapters. This is a multi-part study and it is one of the most important sections (Romans chapters 6,7, & 8) in the entire New Testament in my opinion.
Romans chapter 8 has been considered the most climactic chapter in Romans which is interesting because it is only halfway through the book of Romans. This is the chapter where Paul pulls everything together that he was teaching earlier in Romans. And it sets up everything that follows. He reconciles the effects of a sinless spirit and a depraved, sinful flesh. He addresses concerns for how our sinful tendencies might impact our eternal future. He answers the doubt for any who might wonder if they are truly saved. He even considers what our death, in the body, says about our relationship with Christ. What does it mean to us that we still have to die physically? Continue reading
God Made Promises to Abraham and He Believed – Inheriting Eternal Rewards
ROMANS 4 (cont.)
In support of what we read in Romans 4 we go to other scripture. This is exactly how we follow in Abraham’s footsteps in obtaining God’s righteousness as he did.
- We receive a promise that God will bring new life from our dead spirit.
- That by faith in Christ we may be born again. Made new spiritually in the likeness of Christ.
As Jesus told Nicodemus:
John 3:3-6 (NKJV)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again (from above), he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Here we have someone being told he has to come to life in a new way. And if he contemplated his own body what would he say? Contemplating his own body, Nicodemus said: Continue reading
Seeking Our Eternal Rewards In Heaven
Continuing on from the previous post on Preparation, Pursuit and Persistence in our Service from last week, Paul uses Christ Jesus as one more example of suffering through persecution , He is the chief example for all Christians as we prepare ourselves and walk in faith in the face of persecution,
2 Timothy 2:8-10 (NKJV)
8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
There can be no better example, of course, that Jesus Himself. First, Paul refers to Christ rising from the dead. We are immediately drawn to Jesus’ suffering and death. Continue reading