Tonight, we are going to continue our study of the book of Romans, titled “Free At Last,” by diving into chapter 8. Hard times are a norm of life; even a life lived with the motivation of goodness. Our quality of life is not determined by how much money we have or by our accomplishments that bring praise in the eyes of the world or by how comfortable we are. Our quality of life is determined by the presence of the three factors found in Romans chapter eight.
Our union with the Spirit.
Romans, chapter eight calls “salvation” being “in Christ.” Verse 16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” We are God’s family, set into place by the Holy Spirit Himself. Verse 10 reminds us, “And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” Verse 2 states “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
We are not under the control of the flesh or of sin, nor are we subject to sin’s eternal penalty any longer! According to verse 3, Jesus killed the control of sin in our lives and placed us into relationship with the Spirit of God! In short, we are now His! Any fear of our standing with God has been eradicated and we have received the same Spirit that was on and in Christ which cries out, “Abba, Father!” What’s more: nothing that we face in the form of a circumstance is an indication that God has abandoned us. Does that mean that we will never face tough times? No, it just means that God’s love is not changing in our lives if circumstances do. Many people believe that tough circumstances are an indication that they have fallen out of God’s love. While rebellion can cause discipline, God’s love does not change like the weather. Verse 35 asks the question: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Notice it says, “who” not what. No one can separate us from God’s love – they can’t and He won’t! Union with Christ trumps bad circumstances and Christ loves what He is united with!
Don’t get “schizophrenic” about your union with Christ! It is not predicated upon behavior but submission. Those united with Him are free from failure and fear and are guaranteed two more benefits.
Our leadership by the Spirit.
Verse 14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” It is not a matter of works but leadership. Romans teaches that we are living in unredeemed bodies and in an imperfect world. Sin is still alive and seeks to work through the weakness of our unredeemed state to influence us to sin. But, for those who follow the Spirit; ignoring the influences of the flesh and believing the truth of the Word of God, life, peace, and righteous behavior is possible and predictable! God’s Spirit in us gives life to our mortal bodies and causes us to live a holy life impossible outside of the Spirit!
God’s Spirit testifies to us that, even though we live in a world of evil influence, we are not condemned by the mere presence of that evil! God is leading us to life above what is possible under our circumstances, and that life comes through submission to our union with Him! The Holy Spirit is not just leading us by tapping into the mind of the Father and interceding on our behalf for our success!
Our destiny in the Spirit.
Right now, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus! (Ephesians 2:4-6) How does this look “in real life?” All things work together for our good. All things work together to make us more life Jesus. If the Father has given us Jesus, He will give us whatever we need for life and godliness. We will defeat every demon spirit. We will persevere through every distress, tribulation, persecution, famine, peril, violence, and lack. We are “super conquerors” through Him who loved us! And after all this is over, we will live with Him in glory!
We are united with Him! We are led by Him! Our destiny is secure in Him!
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