Romans 8

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 1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:   That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.   Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.   So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.   But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  10  And if Christ be in you, the body isdead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  12  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,  21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.   23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  25  But if we hope for that we see not,then do we with patience wait for it26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can beagainst us?  32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  34  Who is he that condemneth? It isChrist that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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  1. You to can overcome!

    This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, Please read along and see how you can gain the victory in life through Christ Jesus!

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    ~Condemnation is for those who have not come to a personal saving knowledge of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. When we accept his gift given to us at the cross we become conquerors through Christ that he had over the grave. We should no longer walk after the flesh (or the things of this world, but after the things of God).

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
    ~ Christ has freed us from the law, sin and the penalty of sin (this is death). That is saying we may die in this body but the soul (who we really are not this old bag of bones you see each day), is free through his saving grace.

    3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
    ~ The law itself is week, it could save nobody, only point us to the fact that we need salvation. It only shows us that we have sin in our lives. It only shows that are not or ever can be perfect in this flesh. That is why God sent his son (Jesus Christ) to die for our sins on the cross. He become flesh so that the spirit that dwells in the flesh could have a way to become saved from the penalty of sin which is death.

    4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    ~ The righteousness if the law is the same-thing that gives us righteousness today. We are made righteous by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We then should walk after the things of God rather than the things that this world has to offer.

    5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
    ~ If you are walk after the flesh you will want the things of the flesh, that being the sins of this world, the things of this world the things that are not honoring or glorifying God. Instead you will walk after the things of God, the fruits of the spirit, the spiritual things that are outlined in the entire book of the Bible.

    6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
    ~ The carnally minded is the sinful mind, it leads to death. The spiritually minded is life and peace, this is the peace that only God can give. If you are not saved and you read this it may be confusing. It is because it is a peace that only the Christian can understand its the peace of life eternal. Don’t understand this peace? Send me a message and we can discuss it!

    7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeedindeed can be.
    ~The carnal mind is enmity against God simply means we are opposed to, at war with, against God. If we are carnally minded we are not in subject to or adhere to, or live our lives to the laws of God.

    8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
    ~Simply stated if you are after the flesh, sin, the things of this world you can NOT please GOD! Your works you do are not pleasing to him, you can not be nice enough, you can not be good enough, you can not give enough, you can not do enough to please GOD! The only pleasure that God receives from us in the flesh is when we come to Christ and ask for salvation. From there the works we do in Christ’s name brings pleasure and honor to God. If you are doing things for your own selfish reasons then you are not pleasing God, no matter how good it seems.

    9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
    ~ Paul is speaking to the Christian in this verse when he says you are not in the flesh but in the spirit. The Christian has turned from their sinful ways and chosen to serve the spiritual things including the spirit of God!

    10 And if Christ be in you, the body isdead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
    ~ If Christ be in you (referring to the Christian who has ask God to save them from their sins). We no longer live our lives to glorify ourselves but we should live our lives to glorify God because this is righteous (simply meaning it is right before the eyes of God).

    11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
    ~ Who raised Christ from the grave? It was God himself. And that spirit of God that raised him from the dead is the same spirit that dwells in the Christian. We receive the Holy spirit at the time we ask God to save us from our sins. He comes and indwells you seals you till the day of redemption.

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
    ~ We are debtors, meaning we are in debt to God, this is not that we would live after the flesh for the things of this earth, but that we live for God himself. We should be trying to please the one we owe not the one who owes the debt. We should not live to please ourselves but to please God himself!

    13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
    ~ If you live after the flesh (this is for those of you who have never accepted Christ as your savior) you will die in your sins. It goes on to say its through the Spirit (that is the spirit of God when you are saved) that you push down the desires of the flesh that you dwell in. That same flesh that desires the things and the sins of this world.

    14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
    ~ If you are led by the Spirit of God, let me caution you. Because you go to church, because you claim to be a Christian does not make you one. When we are born we know that we are born because it happens. There is a time and a place that you can point to that says: on January 21 of 1971 in a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Gerald Miller was born to the parts of Don and Joyce Miller. I know it happened because there was a time and a date that the event took place. The same is for the day of salvation. For the day of salvation to have taken place there had to be a time when you called upon the name of the Lord to save you from your sins. You would have had to admit you were a sinner and that you needed Christ to save you from your sins. At that time the Holy Spirit would come in and live in your life from that day forward. This is the spirit that verse 14 is speaking about when it says you are lead by the spirit of God, and because of this event you are now considered the sons of God! We are adopted into the family of God himself. We are no longer in the family of sinful man but now we are in the family of God.

    15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
    ~ You do not get the spirit of bondage (of sin of the things of this world) but you are adopted into the family of God, no longer a slave to sin but a son of God! Praise the Lord! you can now cry out to God the father calling him Abba Father or today’s saying would be Daddy. Its a personal representation of the name father. This is not the formal representation like the term father is but its personal like your 2 year old child would call you daddy.

    16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
    ~ Your spirit within you will bear witness to God the Father to confirm you are a child of God.

    17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
    ~ We are children of God and joint heirs, to the promises that are given to Christ and the children of Israel. He was given the suffering of our sins. With the good comes the bad. We are given the good things from our Lord but we are also told that we will suffer in this life because of the case of Christ. When we are willing to stand up and be accounted as a Christian and know that our souls are going to be with God in heaven one day, we also know we will be experiencing trials and troubles down here on this earth.

    18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
    ~ The suffering we will have to endure here on this earth is nothing compared to the glory we will gain when we get to heaven. Great will our reward be on the day we meet our Lord and savior.

    19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
    ~The creature is you in these few verses. You await the gifts that God has provided you, we wait for them in hope that the promises are true. We as Christians have been delivered from the bondage or tied to the chains that bind us when we are in sin. We are given liberty or freedom from that sin when we become the children of God!

    22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
    ~ We know that all of creation is in sin. Think about it the sin that occurred back in the garden has set forth the world we see today. There were no weeds, there were no thorns there were no trouble strife or trials. There was only the garden, Adam and Eve and their walk with God. Then when man fell, sin fell upon that family and it changed this world forever more. Because of that sin there are thorns, thistles, trials and trouble. That is what sin brought and what it still brings today. What good does sin give us? Sure it is fun for a season, but how many drug addicts started because it didn’t give them pleasure? They became addicts because it brought them temporary relief from the pain this world has caused them. Guess what happens when the drug wears off? The same pain is there! It doesn’t go away. It continues to grow because now you have that old pain and this new pain called a hangover. What is the quickest cure? The addict doesn’t feel that pain when i was on the drug, so the addict goes back to the drug. How many times do I do have to do a drug before you become an addict? For each of us I am sure that is a different. Now lets replace that drug with sin, its the same story!

    23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
    ~ Till the day of redemption we will struggle with the flesh. It works against the spiritual things of God. One day however we know that the adoption into God’s family will also mean the redemption or redeeming or winning over the body we dwell in also. One day we know our sin will be gone, the flesh will no longer war against our spirit. There is a victory to come that all shall Christians shall see.

    24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
    ~ What is hope? We are confident in the things we don’t see. We believe it will happen some day in the future. We know that its a type of faith. We believe in things not seen. We can not see God physically, we can not taste, smell, feel or even hear him audibly. Faith is able to overcome all of those senses and give us that hope that Paul is speaking about in this verse.

    25 But if we hope for that we see not,then do we with patience wait for it.
    ~ If we have that blessed hope that one day our souls will be redeemed then we also need to have patience that all will work out in God’s time.

    26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
    ~ Great verse here to help us understand that even when we don’t know what to pray for, or what we need. God does! God uses the spirit that indwells us to speak in groanings that we can’t hear to know what the soul of the believer really needs.

    27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
    ~ When we are a Christian and we search for the things of God we will find him. It is because our spirit communes with God to know what it is we seek, and what it is we need. The Holy Spirit acts as an intercessory or a go between in order to help us communicate with God.

    28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
    ~ We as Christians can KNOW, not guess but truly KNOW that we can trust that all things will work out for the good. God has a plan and we know that God will fulfill that plan. There maybe troubles, trials and stiff in this world but we know that if we trust in God, that he will work his plan out to fulfill his mission. We can be used to fulfill his purpose. When God is glorified and honored in our lives even when there is times of trouble we know that we will receive the blessings from God himself.

    29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
    ~ This verse is one that could easily be taken out of context, this is not to say that there are only certain ones that will be taken to heaven and those are chosen so you need not worry about it. Christ died on the cross one time for all people, not just a certain people but for ALL. He did this to predesignate a choice few but one time for all. That we might saved. After being saved we should use the Holy Spirit to start the confirmation process. You see when you become a Christian we should strive to be more like Christ every day. That is the Christians goal. Not riches, not fame not anything that this world has to offer but the desire to become more like Christ.

    30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
    ~ If you are predestined and we all are then he calls you. He calls you to salvation. He seeks you, you don’t seek God before he seeks you. He seeked you that day he gave his life on that cross. If you answer his call then he justifies you. Though you are a sinner Christ saves you from your sins. Finally if he saves you from your sins he will glorify you with a new body and a life eternal in heaven one day.

    31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can beagainst us?
    ~ Great verse here if God has done all this for you and you are now justified and will one day be glorified then you are truly a son of God. If you are a son of God remember God is on your side. If God is for you then who is it that can defeat you? Who is bigger than God? Who is mightier than God? Who is able to take God down? NOBODY!!!

    32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
    ~ God the father did not spare his Son from the death and humiliation he endured on and leading up to the cross. He did that for you, and he did that for me. There was no other way. Not all roads lead to God. Not all roads lead to heaven. There is only one way and that way is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

    33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
    ~ Who will bring charges against God’s people? God is the one that reconciled us to him. It was God not anyone else. The only way is through God himself to be justified. There is nobody but God that will judge your walk with him.

    34 Who is he that condemneth? It isChrist that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
    ~ Who will condemn you? It is God and God only who has that final judgement. Its not because of the sin that we do, or the life that we live. These are just conduits, fruits of the one thing that truly you are judged on. One day when you sit in front of God almighty and he says why should I let you into my heaven. The only answer is this, God I should be let into your heaven because I have been bought with a price, a lamb laid down his life willingly for my soul. You see a son was sacrifices one time for all but mostly for me. My gift, the reason I am hear today and the only reason that will allow me to go to heaven is that I have accepted Christ as my personal savior. That Son of God is sitting at the right hand of the same father that allowed his son to perish on that cross. But that is not where the story ended. Three days later Christ rose from the grave. Proving he had power of death, the grave and sin itself. Giving us power of the same if we only accept him.

    35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
    ~ Ready for some power in the text now the rest of this chapter sums up what is able to separate us from Christ. Tribulation: Troubles that come into our lives will not separate us from Christ. distress: troubles we endure will not separate us from Christ, persecution: being persecuted for anything will not separate us from Christ, famine: we can be starved to death and be separated, nakedness: the clothes we wear or the temporary things this world gives us will not separate us, peril: another form of trouble, only unto death will not separate us. No sword or weapon of any kind will separate us.

    36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
    ~ Paul goes on to justify a little of what he say by saying we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. No situation will separate you from the love of Christ!
    37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
    ~ Amen to this one, we are more than conquerors we overcome any trials or troubles we have through Christ.

    38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    ~ Round two tells us that Paul is convinced that death: nothing in or the act of death will separate us, not life the act of or anything in life will separate us, no angels, there is no angel strong enough, nor principality (people in charge like a city mayor or a state governor) can take you away from Christ, no power ever seen or to be seen would be able to separate us from Christ, nothing in this world currently or that will come in the future will be able to separate us from the Love of Christ.

    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    ~ Finally for the knockout round: Nothing height will take us from God, thing is low enough to separate us, and finally no creature will separate us. Think about this for just a minute. Many think that Satin can separate you from Christ. The truth of the matter is you either believe the Bible to be the true Word of God or you don’t. If you do believe that the Bible is the Word of God then you have to believe that satin being a created being can not possibly remove you from Christ. The other hangup often is that we ourselves can separate us from the love of Christ. The final reality in his verse is that if you are created (and you were created) you too can not separate the saved man, the Christian from Christ. Nothing anywhere or anything can separate you from God! It is an exclusive club that you are in for life. Not just this life but life eternal.

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