Presentation on theme: "Romans 8 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."— Presentation transcript:
1 Romans 837 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
2 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 The Dilemma Solved Romans 8 We believeWe have faithOur faith does not keep us from sinningOur belief does not make us better
4 So if the law can not save us And if faith saves usWhy do we often feel like we are taking one step forwards and two steps backwards
5 As believers we receive certain benefits Why we receive these benefits The Apostle Paul saysAs believers we receive certain benefitsWhy we receive these benefitsThe power that is at workWe also have an obligation
6 Let us look at the benefits The apostle wants to entice #1Let us look at the benefitsThe apostle wants to enticeLook at what we receive!
7 Romans 8Therefore, there is now no condemnation…11 …he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
8 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
9 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
10 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
11 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 For me, there is no condemnation Instead, for me, there is lifeMy body will be redeemed in eternityThe spirit helps me and intercedes for meGod, our father, will work for the goodI are more than conquerorI am confident that God will not let me go
13 The obvious question is… #2The obvious question is…Why?Because we believeMore importantly because when we believe we are brought into a family relationship with God through Christ
14 Romans 8Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
15 14 …. those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God 14 ….those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
16 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…
17 God set me free from the law of sin and death I have the Spirit of God withinI am God’s child and I call God, “Father”I am God’s heirs and co-heirs with Christ
18 When we are declared his children We have all the rights of a child Right that apply to children born of the flesh or adopted
19 Paul describes the power (the logic) that is at work #3Paul describes the power (the logic) that is at workRemember that for Paul faith must be logical
20 Romans 85 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
21 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
22 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
23 31 …If God is for us, who can be against us 31 …If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
24 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
25 My choiceGod’s choiceGod’s powerGod’s relationship with me
26 So what is our responsibility? #4So what is our responsibility?So far we have heard what we receive, why we receive it and the logic if the salvation processNow we are confronted with our responsibility
27 Romans 812 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
28 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
29 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
30 I will strive to live by the Spirit I will strive allow to Spirit to lead meI will strive live with sufferingI will not deny my LordIf necessary I will suffer for my faithNo matter what life throws at me, I will love and serve my Lord
31 The apostle walks a fine line between God’s power and our choice Between God holding us and us holding onto to God’s graceBetween “God works for the good of those who love Him”, but some of us must suffer more
32 Putting it all together What we receive from God far outweighs what we are called to doBecause we have so little to do with our salvationThere is no need to get smug about our relationship with God
33 Putting it all together God is God and God has the power We are the powerlessOur sphere of power and choice is limitedWe need to become comfortable with our limitations
34 Putting it all together We are children of the forgiving, merciful, gracious and mighty KingOur king has declared us his children and heirs to his salvationWe do not live in fear because we are held by the hands of a mighty King
35 The Lord wants to bring the benefits of salvation When we say, “Yes” to Christ, we become God’s childrenThis is made possible because God opened the doors through the gift of the blood of Christ
36 We can not be perfect but… Because of everything Christ has done Out of gratitudeWe strive to live by the Spirit