Book of Romans Part 8
04-16-16

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Today’s Text is Chapter 8. This is Part 8. Join with us now as I give you an exposition on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

In chapter 7, we saw that victory (over sin) is "through Jesus Christ our Lord." It is not through restraint of the old nature, nor through elimination, annihilation, or eradication. The answer is the deliverance which Christ has wrought, expounded in Romans chapter 6. This victory is by knowing and acting on our position of grace in Christ and thus experiencing its power. This involves a triumphant life in the Spirit. No objections are offered, no defeat appears in Romans chapter 8. Yet, chapter 1 verse 1 tells us that basic to all victory is the assurance of "no condemnation" in our new position in Christ. "Therefore" is collective of the truth presented in the first seven chapters of Romans.

The new "law of the Spirit of life", found in verse 2, is the Holy Spirit operating in the sphere of the believer's new position in Christ as a higher principle, counteracting and overcoming the lower "law of sin and death", producing righteousness and life. What the Law of Moses was unable to do because of human sin, God accomplished through the incarnation of His Son (verse 3). Jesus Christ, through His sinless humanity, condemned sin as a master criminal and secured a judicial sentence against it. So, God can righteously accept to fulfill the just requirements of the law in us through the gracious operation of the Holy Spirit (verse 4).

In verses 5 -13, we see the Holy Spirit takes over the conflict with sin. The combatants are the "sinful nature" and the "Spirit." You might remember in chapter 7, verses 14 - 24, Paul’s use of the pronouns "I", "me", and "my"? He uses them some 35 times. It is the "I" trying to sanctify itself being the reason for the defeat of the believer. The problem then lies at the "I", or the self, trying to live the Christian life (the new man), but defeated by "I" (the old man).

Well, here in chapter 8, the Spirit supplants the "I" of chapter 7 and victory, instead of defeat, is the result! Proof is abundant that true sanctification is by grace through faith which brings the power of the Spirit in victorious operation against the "sinful nature". For example, it is the sinful nature being the sin working through the human body. In verses 14 - 17, Paul shows that new victory brings also a new realization of sonship. Not only does the believer become a child by birth, but a son by adoption, with mature status and full legal rights with guidance (verse 14). And Verse 15 shows that the believer has full family fellowship, while verse 16 shows the believer's right to heir-ship and stamina to suffer.

Paul tells us about the coming glory of the Son, Jesus Christ, in verses 18 - 25. More specifically, the apostle shows that the Creation itself will be delivered in verses 20 – 22. But in verse 23 he explains our adoption into the new kingdom, and that we are saved by hope (verses 24 - 25).

Being saved by the hope we have in Christ we should act upon it. When we act upon our position in Christ, it brings the power of the Holy Spirit into the realm of our prayer life, enabling us to overcome our notable weaknesses in this area, making possible the Spirit's intercession in us on behalf of the saints according to God's will (verses 26 - 27).

God's providence includes all things, according to verse 28. True sanctification gives assurance amid life's providences of God's unfailing purposes for good toward us. But the magic lens which enables us to see all things working together for our good is love. His love for us in Christ, which gives us "all things," evokes our love for Him, enabling us to trust Him through trials. The basis for this assurance is His sublime purpose toward us throughout eternity. Verse 29 says He foreknew us, predestined us to Christ-likeness, and called us. Expanding that thought, verse 30 tells us that He called us, justified us, glorified us, and the latter even put in the past tense to show the certainty and immutability of His everlasting plans for us.

Out of Verses 31 and 32 one is drawn to the conclusion that God is for us! And if God is for us, who then can be against us? The grand proof of this is the sacrificial gift of His Son "for us all". This supreme demonstration of His love in the greater realm is a guarantee that such love may be trusted to "graciously give us all things" for our good in this earthly realm - to defend us, keep us safely, and bring us to Himself in glory (verses 33-34).

Notes of triumph are sounded in verses 35 -39. Man's dreadful condemnation is set forth from chapter 1, verse 18 through the third chapter, verse twenty. But that condemnation is triumphed over by God's glorious grace (as seen in chapter 3, verse 21 through chapter 5, verse 21), which leads to the triumph of sanctification (chapter 6, verse 1 through chapter 8, verse 39). The safety and security of the believer is strongly emphasized here in chapter 8, showing that the new life in Christ is inseparable from Christ. And being inseparable from Christ just takes believing by faith that we are in Christ, and He is in us.

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