Welcome back guys! Happy Monday!! It’s Alyssa and I am so glad that you are here! I am so excited that summer is finally here- I love spending time with family and friends without the stress of school to worry about. Today I will be starting a series on one of my absolute favorite parts of the Bible! There is SO much truth and great verses in this chapter- whenever I am struggling I usually turn to this to read and find comfort and confidence. I first fell in love with Romans last summer on Operation Barnabas, where we did a speech choir speech of the truth in this book! We all split up into groups and powerfully recited Romans 8. Now, let’s get started!
Today I will be digging into Romans 8: 1-17. This chunk of the book is about “Life Through the Spirit”. Verses 1-3 proclaim:
“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. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh.”
This is saying that there is no disapproval, or condemnation for Christ followers. This is because through the Spirit that has given us life, has also set us free from sin. We are no longer in the chains of our sin, but set free into eternity! The next verse says that what man was unable to do because it was weakened by the flesh (or sin), God conquered through Jesus. Sent as God in flesh, Jesus was the sacrifice for the sin in the world. I believe that sometimes Christians can become numb to what Jesus did on the cross, and it is so important to revisit what Jesus did for you & I. The last verse says that Jesus conquered sin as a man on Earth- how AMAZING is that!
Verses 4-6 say:
“In order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
This is explaining that those who live their Earthly, not Holy ways have their minds set on what man desires. This may be a physical or emotional want, but I truly believe we all as Christians struggle with this. Maybe its pride, lust, anger or unholy thoughts, but in one way or another we all have or are struggling with our Earthly ways. The flip side of this passage is that those who live in alignment with the Holy Spirit have their minds set on Godly things. Maybe this looks like ministry, encouragement or prayer. The mind of Earthly ways leads to death, but the mind led by the Spirit is eternity and peace.
Verses 7-11 state: “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you“
This is talking about how the mind controlled by sinful nature is hostile to God- and there is not a way that it submits to God’s plan for us. Those controlled by the sinful nature of this Earth cannot please God. In contrast to this, those who have the Spirit of God within them are not controlled by Earthly ways, but are controlled by the Spirit, if they are a Christ follower and if the Spirit of God is within them. Through one of the most amazing things called grace, Christ followers are given life because of the righteousness of God. I think that it is so mindboggling that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is alive and living in us!! What an amazing thing to think about- I pray that I will never become numb to this truth!
Lastly for today verses 11-17:
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 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. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory”
As children in Christ, we have an obligation. Our job as Christ followers is to live according to the Spirit, and to put to death the sins of the flesh. This Spirit that lives inside us does not make us slaves to fear- we are past that point in our lives when we say yes to Jesus! We now live in awe and wonder and confidence in Christ, our Father. If we are God’s children, we are heirs of God. We are heirs of the Holy Spirit and heirs of Heaven- how AMAZING is that! If we shared in His sufferings, we also share in His glory!
I don’t know about you guys, but there is just something different about Romans 8. Sometimes it can be hard to pick apart and study the Bible- we all struggle with that. I truly can apply every part to my life and completely understand it, for now! I am a huge believer that each time you read a passage in the Bible you can get a totally different view and takeaway from the reading. I think this is so cool and special to think about! I hope you guys have an amazing week- enjoy the sunshine!! I am praying for you all, see ya next week! -Alyssa
PS- if you think of it, pray for Raegan and I! On Sunday we leave for a week of ministry together being counselors for 3rd-5th graders! We are so excited and blessed to be able to do ministry together again!!