-The unique and unadulterated qualities of the Spirit-filled life are the emphasis in this amazing and hope-inspiring chapter of Scripture. Paul makes his turn from the self-centered and egocentric past into a transformed future for everyone who receives the Spirit of life that sets us free from the Law of sin and death erasing any condemnation and weakness of the flesh (Romans 8:1-3a). This Spirit of life comes from the indwelling Spirit of Jesus Christ, thus the phrase “in Christ” is important for us to meditate on and consider for our Christian walk in this world (Romans 8:1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 38-39). This is a hallmark phrase for not only Paul, but all in Scripture depicting the new spiritual birth and ongoing relationship we have with our Savior (John 3; 15; 16:33; 17:20-23, 1 Peter 1:3; 3:18; 5:10, 14, 2 Peter 1:8, Jude 1:1). We are now at one with Him and He is in us as believers to sanctify and seal for the day of redemption (John 17:19, Acts 26:18, 1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:11, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13; 4:30, Hebrews 10:14-23).
-Once the Spirit of life has come in and changed us we no longer have to walk as people of flesh, consumed with our natural desires and temptations. We now walk in newness of life according to His Spirit who controls and dominates our thoughts, words, and actions for the perpetuation of His Kingdom and a victorious-peaceful life in Him. This is the life that pleases our God as it dies to sin and lives in Him! *Application* We have no power in us to do good apart from the Holy Spirit that indwells us. Everyone has the Spirit working on them to convict and do right (kind of like the cartoon depiction you see with the angel on one side and the devil on the other trying to convince in a particular decision, John 16:8). But, only the believer has the indwelling Holy Spirit based on their yieldedness and surrender in faith. This is the power to overcome evil with good as It fills us and dominates our lives (Romans 12:21). He is the One who puts to death the deeds of our natural body (Romans 8:13). It truly is “by the Spirit.”
-If you have the Spirit, you have life and will not fall back into the spirit of slavery in fear (Romans 8:15). Your spirit will bear witness with His Spirit that you are a child of God through adoption as sons (or daughters for females). This relationship is familial and we can always cry out to our Heavenly Daddy as heirs with Christ Jesus. This at times will be a life of suffering as we see here in Scripture (Romans 8:17-25), but it is a life of hope that we will one day be glorified with Him just as He was in His resurrected state (1 Corinthians 15). This is a life of patient endurance that relies on prayers of intercession from the Spirit of God in our weakness (Romans 8:25-26). His promise is to intercede for us with groanings too deep for words that will help us comply with His will in whatever particular circumstance knowing that all things are working together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:26-28).
-Paul gives us, in what my opinion is, the most important section in Scripture in determining the interpretation of election and the sovereign will of God as to predestination (Romans 8:29-30). Paul, being led by the Holy Spirit, gives us the proper order written down in the halls of eternity past as to salvation. Notice in his description that he begins with God’s foreknowledge. God is omniscient (knowing all things) and has perfect knowledge of everything we will think, say, and do during the course of our lives. In other words, He knows every decision and choice that we will make even before we make it. Based on that knowledge, He predestines (this is not deterministic) whom will be conformed to His Son’s image (the first born among many brothers in the spiritual sense, this is not to say we are co-equal with Jesus Christ, but co-heirs, let this be clear, Romans 8:17). The predestination of God, based on His complete foreknowledge of the end from the beginning, initiates the call on one’s life. Those who are called, again with His all-knowing capacity to discern thoughts and intentions and perpetuation, in faith accept His deliverance, which brings on justification (again, this is a legal term declaring the person innocent of all wrongdoing). The justified have His Spirit and will be glorified upon departure from this earth to life with Him eternally.
-Because of this fact, Paul finishes this section with an emphatic exhortation that spells out just how God is for us and will never leave us or forsake us in this journey through life with all its peaks and valleys giving us all things that we need. Through Him we are conquerors because He loves us (Romans 8:37)! Nothing will separate us from this love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 8:38-39)! *Application* Live in Christ by His Spirit.
Verses to Memorize- Romans 8:1, 9, 28