LIFE IN THE SPIRIT – ROMANS 8

Romans 8:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and savior, God declared us “not guilty.” We were born-again. God also gave us His Holy Spirit to enable us live a life befitting the children of God. But who is the Holy Spirit?

  • He is the Spirit of Life – V. 2

He is the Spirit of God; the Spirit of Christ (v. 9). He is a life-giving Spirit who makes us alive in God. He is the evidence that we are Children of God. He dwells in us -v.9. All who have believed in Jesus Christ are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ (verse 9). He has residence in them; he doesn’t come and go. Cf. 1 Cor. 6:19

  • He is the Spirit of Adoption -v. 14-16

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (verses 14-16).

When we received Jesus Christ, were all adopted as sons. In ancient times only sons had the right to inherit the father’s property. Because of the Holy Spirit in us, we have the assurance of Salvation (v. 16). We are co-heirs with Jesus Christ.

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  • He is the first fruits of our final redemption (glorification) – v. 22-23

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (verse 18).

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? (verses 22-23)

He is the evidence that the tensions we face in the present life shall be resolved. The sufferings you go through are not forever. The future is glorious. This is our HOPE.Yes, we groan. BUT with hope.Yes, many faithfuls go through sufferings for the sake of the Gospel; BUT with hope.

  • He is an Intercessor – v. 26-27

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God (verses 26-27).

Prayer is a very critical part of the life of a believer. Prayer is communing with God. God answers prayers prayed according to His will. Since He is the Spirit of God, He Knows the will of God. He helps us to pray according to the will of God. He is our intercessors.

The work of the Holy Spirit in us is evidence that ALL THINGS will ultimately work for our good. We maybe going through hard times now. Some things may not make sense now… But God is in Control. God is in charge of our lives and destiny. He is for us and not against us.

NOTHING shall separate us from His love!

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