Romans 8

Needing some answers this morning? Let’s remind ourselves of who we are in Christ Jesus.

Turn with me to Romans 8:1-38

Condemnation… Something every single one of us deals with. If you remember a few days ago, we were discussing Romans 7:13-25. It seems that there is this internal battle that occurs almost daily. What’s up with that?

Romans 8:1
“Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Condemnation born from sin is no longer part of the law of Christ. Condemnation takes the emphasis off of Christ, and puts it back on you, exalting your actions much higher than Christ. Let’s put things back into perspective and keep our eyes on Jesus. It is not about what we have done, or did, but rather, what He did, the ultimate sacrifice. To consider our sin, is to say that what Jesus did was in vain.

Verse 2 gives us the answer of freedom, for we are no longer under the law, but under the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
“For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.”
It’s already been done. Receive it, accept it, and move on. Jesus paid it all my friends.

The internal battle is explained once again in Romans 8:5-9, flesh verse Spirit. Seeds and harvests. Read this statement, which further gives us our identity in Christ:
Verse 9, “But you are not in the flesh, on the contrary, you are in the Spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.”
Paul is telling us who we are in Christ, with the emphasis back on Jesus. It’s all about asking Him to come and live in your heart and take you over. Its the opposite of the flesh described in Verse 7.

Again, verse 12, reiterates our position:
“We are not debtors to the flesh” We do not owe our flesh anything. We are set free. Set free from condemnation, set free from having to listen to our fleshly desires, set free from putting the emphasis on “I”, or “Me”, or “Mine”.

Let’s now look at the results of asking Jesus into our hearts

Romans 8:14-38
1) We are adopted as new creations in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old has passed away and the new has come. We have the liberty to transform into these new creations, the ones which the Lord desired us to be from the very beginning. He traded our fear for adoption. We now belong to someone, no matter who you are on this earth! You have a Daddy in Heaven, far above any earthy human on this earth. He sees you as perfect. He made you the way you are. He wants you to come home into His arms.

2)Current hardships are nothing compared to the everlasting glory.
Nothing we go through on this earth, all struggles from self-esteem issues, to an abusive relationship, to a death in the family, is comparable to the glory that is soon to be revealed. Let’s the big picture. Examine the Macro version of your life. It’s all a training ground. Remember Hebrews 11:1!

3)Hope – Verse 24-25
Verses 19-23 reveal that ALL creation (believers and non believers) have this overwhelming desire to be set free from corruption. Somehow, we are downloaded with a set of morals, knowing right from wrong. If we look at 19&20, we see that all creation awaits the revelations of the children of God! Whether we or they realize it or not, they are waiting upon our actions, our values, and our simple smiles at the gas station. Remember Matthew 5:14-16:
“Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father”

THE GRAND FINALE: GOD’S EVERLASTING PROMISES TO BELIEVERS.

Let’s renew our mind and review what God has in store for us!

Romans 8:28-38
Verse 28: All things work together for good for those who love God
Verse 29: He foreknew us, before our knitting in our mother’s womb, to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, Jesus.
Verse 30: He predestined us, He called us, He justified us, and He glorified us. How is that for a Daddy! Reflect upon this in your life.
Verse 31: If God be for us, who can be against us?
Verse 32: Will God not also give us everything else, if He gave us Jesus Christ?
Verse 33: Who will question us? God is our judge
Verse 34: Who will condemn us? Jesus is our mediator.
Verse 35: What separates us from Christ’s love?
Verse 37: In all things we are more than conquerors in Christ.
Verse 38: For I am convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Let the Holy Spirit remind you of who you are in Christ Today. More than conquerors, loved by God completely, all things working together for good.

Amen, and please have an amazing day.

God bless you and keep you,
Cardboard Box Ministries

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