My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Saturday, October 06, 2007

Romans 8

Key Chapter

Summary:
So we who live by the Spirit are not condemned. Living by the Spirit of Christ/God we can please God, are we will be resurrected like Jesus. We are then children of God, not born in fear.

The future glory will make up for current problems. The world has been waiting for that glory to come. As we wait, the Spirit helps. It prays on our behalf.

But God is on our side, working for our benefit. If he's on our side, no-one can take away our salvation.

Key verses:
1. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
9. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
15. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
26. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
28. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him
31. If God is for us, who can be against us?
37-39. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My thoughts:
So yea, I pretty much quoted the entire chapter in my key verses, but there's so many memorable parts of this chapter. It is very familiar. I could say so much, but I'll just make a couple of points.

The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ seem to be one in the same. So Christ is God. Take that JWs!

If you ever feel unsure of your salvation read through this and the previous chapter. God is for you, and wants good for you.

Paul's use of 'Abba' is an indication a) that he did take an interest in Jesus' actual life and words, and b) that Abba was a distinctive word of Jesus indicating something to do with how we should relate to God. Otherwise, Paul wouldn't've written in Aramaic here.

Cool to know that being uncertain what to pray for is normal, and we should just have faith that the Spirit is praying more correctly through us. I feel that this relates to the gift of tongues.

It appears that predestination, at some level, is a Christian belief.

We are more than conquerors so we should invade non-Christian countries and give them the gospel, which we will conquer them into accepting.

Yea... that'll do.

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