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    Book of ROMANS
    A Study of Chapter 8

    (part 1)

    I love the letter of Paul the Apostle to the Christian church in Rome, with chapters 6, 8 & 12 being my favorites, as they contain so much meat of God’s Truth concerning His nature and purpose. Recently I had the opportunity to teach our mid-week service, and spent nearly 6 months delving into chapter 8. Following are my notes which came through prayer, study and meditation as I prepared to share each week. Our meetings usually brought much conversation and further exposition of what I believe God is revealing to me, and many others with ears to hear, through His Word.


    “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
    Rom 8:1-4 NKJV

    As always, when we see the word “therefore” we look back to the preceding verses or thought to put our current passage in context. Paul here in Chapter 8 is declaring these truths because of what is True at the end of the prior chapter. After sharing about the battle between his new nature in Christ and the nature of his old man he concludes -

    “In my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Rom 7:22-25 NIV

    “I delight in God’s law” Paul said. Here he is referring to the perfect Law of God (I like to use the term ‘Eternal Moral Law of God’), as opposed to all the regulations and requirements that had been added to the Law of Moses over the centuries.

    We find in the Psalmist the same desire to serve & obey God -
    “Then I said, “Behold, I come;
    In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
    8 I delight to do Your will, O my God,
    And Your law is within my heart.”

    - Psalm 40:7-8 NKJV

    Written by King David; although a couple translations attribute these verses prophetically to Jesus. I believe David did have a heart like this, for God, Himself, said of David – “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22). We know that more than once David became “a prisoner of the law of sin at work within” him. His incident with Uriah, and Bathsheba, prove that. Yet David experienced the mercy and grace of God when he repented of his sins.

    And we know that Jesus, of Whom the scrolls wrote much about, has the same heart as well. After His meeting with the Samaritan women at the well, Jesus told His disciples -
    “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34 NKJV)

    Jesus never became a prisoner of sin. He faced the devil and his temptations in person for 40 days after His baptism “yet did not sin.” (Heb 4:15). Therefore He is able to help us in our weaknesses.

    “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
    Heb 2:18 NIV

    Most good hearted, well intentioned Christians who struggle with temptations feel condemnation when we fall. We hate when we fail God by our actions and it’s easy to beat ourselves up for our mistakes. The struggle is very real. Paul dealt with the same struggle, even as he gave his all to serve the Lord Jesus. He knew the weakness of his, and of all mans’, flesh.

    Yet there is hope. Pauls’ understanding that sin dwells in his, and our, human nature because of the original sin of Adam, is countered by the knowledge that his, and our, deliverance comes “through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

    The very possibility of being without condemnation only comes because of what God has done through Jesus Christ our Lord. From all we’ve been studying, and will study, in this letter, we can see that Paul is writing to those Jewish & Gentile believers who had already experienced the saving grace of God, been baptized into Christ’s death, been given new Life, and were empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in holiness and to operate in the spiritual gifts by faith to grow in the knowledge of Christ and the Kingdom of God. Their faith in the Lord was well known. In the opening Chapter of this epistle we see Paul is writing -
    “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,
    that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”

    Rom 1:7-8 NKJV

    Their “faith was spoken of…” This is not an abstract faith. As James tells us, our faith is seen by our works. (James 2:14, James 2:24). Surely our faith is only known by its visible evidence in our lives, proven only by our choices and subsequent actions.
    The recipients of this letter were being exhorted to continue in the strong faith they shared, in the face of all that was going on around them in both the physical and spiritual realms. For the saints throughout the ages even to us here today who have committed our lives to Christ, and have been baptized into His death, the words of this Book are for us as well as it was for them.

    ~ continued below ~

  • #2
    Yes, Roman 8 is really a great chapter that is overseen a lot nowadays! Mostly, people just like to quote Romans 7 to justify that it is alright if they continue sinning. But Romans 8 really show us how it is supposed to be! We died to sin and if we live according to the Spirit, we will mortify the deeds of the flesh. And everyone who lives by the Spirit is a Child of God. It really is encouraging especially in our days when everyone just talks about abounding in grace. After we are born again, we are supposed to be a new creature and walk holy! That is what the Bible teaches us.


    • #3
      Understanding is really key to the entire bible. We have been given knowledge and then understanding and then what. It is God who gives the knowledge and the understanding through His Holy Spirit. Then what really comes next.
      Many people then struggle through their own efforts to live the Christian life and often they fail. They fall many times over, Is this what was intended by God. The answer has to be a resounding No.
      It sounds that God does enable us or empowers us to live a life free of sin and death. If it does not happen it could mean that we really do not understand and something is missing.
      Well it appears that understanding really is our sanctification and our salvation as Daniel 12 tells us that the unsaved do not understand, but the child of God does understand.

      The problem could be our faith. We read and we intellectually understand but truly we do not believe. We say to ourselves God could not really mean what I am thinking it is saying. Therefore we fail to connect the dots and we are left in space floating around, wanting to believe but dare not because it would upset the entire cart. Everything would have to go. How can that be. God's ways are not man's ways and man's ways are not God's ways.

      The man of God who speaks the truth always is not safe until the tire meets the road. Balaam is our perfect example of one who knew the truth, wanted to believe, but just could not come to that point of belief. Something is missing and I propose that it is understanding. Understanding the perfect will of God. If I know that the road ahead will take me over a cliff, then I will never go down that road.

      Understanding comes when we like Jacob will risk our life getting that understanding for it truly is the truth that will set us free. Jacob ended up with a broken hip, struggling with God all night for God to give him that understanding (blessing). But after the struggle he was home free as God honored His struggle.

      Jesus Christ was home free after his obedience unto death, conquering both death and Hell. We get the prize or the understanding after having simple faith and enduring much longsuffering. The prize is our seal into God's eternal kingdom.