Chapter 8:9 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.
The IF is really the word since. The true mark of Christian is that she is indwelt with the Spirit of God.
Acts 19:3. We need to check ourselves unto which baptism we were baptized. John’s baptism is unto repentance. It was not to faith in Jesus Christ!
Vs.10 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.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
Col. 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Please please be sure that Christ is in you! I am speaking gibberish to you if He is not. Be sure you are not just a woman who might of recognized her sin, but has not put her faith in Christ!. Do you know Christ is in you? If you ever ever want to talk to me about email me! firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to talk to you!
We live on because of righteousness! And our righteousness comes from the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, if you have not accepted Him as your Savior, your Lord and your only hope for right standing before God, then you miss out on this life that is offered!
Vs,11-12: 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. 12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.
The natural man says I owe it to my flesh to satisfy it. But God says we as believers are not debtor of the flesh. We owe it nothing!
If we owe anyone it is Christ we owe. But salvation is a gift, and you don’t repay gifts. But you are thankful for them. Being thankful is being in the will of God!
VS. 13. 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
But it is BY the Spirit. Not by yourself!
What problems do you have today that is sucking the joyful, peaceful life out of you? Liquor, Drugs, gossiping, lying, pride, judging, lack of faith in the Spirit in you to guide you?
Matt. 11:28. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
These things are wearisome. Turn to Christ He will give you strength to overcome!
Romans Chapter 8
Vs. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
God does not drive His sheep, He leads them.
JOHN 10:27: (look it up!) It does not say I drive them out! Oh no, it says they follow. Why? Because when God’s word is spoken His sheep follow because of their faith in Him, their Sheppard. They Trust Him.
Vs. 15 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.”
God did not put a spirit of fear in you! No spiritual condition of unhappiness, despondency, fear! Instead you are filled with joy because you are His child. And the Spirit of God wells up with in you, saying Daddy!
Abba is a very personal word. We rarely use this word in reference to God, because of the danger of becoming overly familiar with Him. (I heard someone call Him her “bud” the other day. I thought about it and decided I could not do that. She can, I am not judging her, but for me ‘daddy’ is as far as I can go.)
But our heart cries “daddy” sometimes. And He answers!
For those of us who did not have a loving Father, Daddy figure, this is a very wonderful attribute of God!
We tend to think of God’s characteristics to be like our parent’s characteristics! Or whoever raised us. I will use the word parent to make it easier, but whoever was your authority figure growing up. Oh my! If this is true than here are examples of how you see God:
So if you had a parent who was a punisher, you see God as just out to get you for whatever you do wrong. The truth is He is a loving, patient and forgiving Father!
If your parents ignored you, you see God as far and distant. The truth is He wants a close relationship with you.
If your parents were always pushing you to be perfect then you might think God expects you to be perfect. He created you, He knows you are not perfect and will never be on this earth.
If your parents were workers and always expected you to earn your way in everything, you might think you have to earn your way into heaven. That is such a lie. You cannot earn your way. Jesus earns the way for everyone.
If your parents were loving and kind, gentle and yet strong, steadfast and forgiving, you blessed person probably do not have as hard of a time seeing God truthfully as others do.
We must not let our past or our feelings convince us of lies!
Vs. 16: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
God Himself, His Holy Spirit tells us in our spirit that we are His Children. He wants us to know! He wants us to have that relationship!
Vs 17: 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.
If Indeed! We will suffer with Him! If indeed, we will share in His glory! Wow!
Hebrews 12:6 (Look it up) If you are not being disciplined, you might have the biggest problem in the world.
- A loving Father disciplines His child.
- A father who is too full of himself does not.
- We have a loving Father. He will discipline you to show you the right way.
- Also, who are we to think we are so special we should not have trials? Jesus suffered! He was perfect! He was God. We are rotten all on our own!
- Let us start to act like we are of the family of God, not like spoiled children who expect everything given to them free of pain. We need to be a part of the family by joining in the work, the pain and then, (big big smile) the glory!