Romans Chapter 8


Romans Chapter 8
I’ve started doing a kind of color coded study. Basically, I go through the chapter about 6 times. As I make each read through I look for the following things:
  1. Names of God/Jesus/Holy Spirit (I underline these in purple)
  2. Christian commandments and tips and advice on how to live as a follower of Christ. (I put a green star in the margin and use green parenthesis.)
  3. Sins and actions not worthy of believers (here I make an upside down triangle in the margin in black and also use parenthesis in the text.)
  4. References to the passion of the Christ, His sacrifice and any references that have to do with salvation (I mark a red cross in the margin and use red parenthesis).
  5. God’s love and mercy and grace (pink heart of course and also pink parenthesis)
  6. Future events and promises, things that we won’t know “for sure” until we die (open blue arrow and blue parenthesis).
I wanted a system that wouldn’t mark up the actual text too much and make it unreadable but also one that I could glance at when looking for basic things. These were the 6 “basics” I came up with.
And this is how that system played out for me with Chapter 8:
#1
After going through the text looking for the names of God etc. I underlined all of them. I went to biblestudytools.com online and glanced through the chapter on every Reference to God. All references in this chapter use the greek word “Theos”. Paul didn’t deviate in this chapter when referring to God so there was nothing that sparked a “hmm?” moment there. Sometimes the writer will use different terms for God when trying to convey a different meaning but that didn’t happen in this chapter. I then looked at the references to the Holy Spirit and all references used the same greek “Pneuma”, so again no surprises or weird things going on. Same with Christ Jesus. Paul was very consistent in his word usage in this chapter.
#2
So I went back and read it again looking for advice, tips etc.
  • vs 5 & 6 Is talking about how those who set their minds on the things of flesh, are led to death, but those who set their minds on things of the Spirit, are led to life and peace.
  • Vs 12 – 18 Paul reminds readers that we are in debt (or under obligation) to the Spirit to put to death deeds of the body in order to live. He goes on to remind those being led by the Spirit that they are sons of God by adoption and heirs together with Christ. He then goes on and says this in vs 18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to revealed to us.” Talk about putting things in perspective huh?
  • Vs 23-25 Paul talks about how we groan as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons. Vs 24-25 says this, “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” Our hope becomes complete when we come face to face with Jesus and not until that moment. We hope and we pray and we wait eagerly with perseverance we cling to our hope. Our only hope, Christ Jesus.
  • Vs 35 on – Paul asks the question Who will separate us from the love of Christ? And then he lists a bunch of stuff…will tribulation or distress or persecution etc. etc. vs 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. What fabulous advice! Cling to Christ and no matter what happens, death, slaughter, persecution…doesn’t matter…we will overwhelmingly conquer through Him. Our bodies may die as a result but Christ brings the dead to life…He is our hope!
#3
Then I went through and read it again to look for actions not cool for believers:
  • vs 5 Those who are according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh. That’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • Vs 6 The mind set on the flesh is death.
  • Vs 7-8 The mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the Law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God
I don’t know about you guys but I think Paul is saying we shouldn’t set our minds on things of the flesh? LOL
#4
Looking at Christ’s works and our salvation now:
  • Vs 3-4 Paul reiterates God sending His Son down here to be an offering for sin. He condemned sin in the flesh so that the requirement of the Law might be completed in us that walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh.
  • Vs 9-11 But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not “belong” to Him. (I put “belong” in quotes because I did a word study on that one. It is the Greek word Eimi and means more of “exist”. So if you substitute the word exist for belong, it really packs a 1-2 punch.) If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. (Then Paul goes onto say further…)if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (This is deep and then gets deeper and I’m going to have to pray on these verses a bit. God in Christ and Christ in us (1-2 punch) {domino effect…cascading blessing?}.
  • Vs 16-17 This talks of us being heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may be glorified with Him. (I looked up “suffer” and “glorified” too. It isn’t saying that we have to be crucified with Christ. It is saying that we will feel persecution (many varying degrees), trials, tribulations, ridicules etc. because of Him throughout our lives. I think back a few months when I was basically called stupid for believing in a “myth”. That would qualify here I believe. Any time you’ve been slammed for the name of Jesus. Glorified means approved. So that we may be approved with Him.)
  • Vs 24 For in hope we have been saved… we have not personally seen this “hope”, and we won’t. Until we do we will wait eagerly with all perseverance.
  • Vs 29-34 I’m not typing all these, but I marked a red cross in the margins here because Paul is talking about those whom God foreknew and predestined.
#5
Love of God verses…these verses made me feel good 🙂
  • Vs 15 – spirit of adoption as sons
  • Vs 31-32 God is for us who can be against us? …freely give us all things?
  • Vs 38-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
#6
Future events, promises .. things we won’t know til later:
  • Vs 1 no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (promise?)
  • Vs 11 God giving us life if he dwells in us
  • Vs 13 living by the Spirit and putting to death the deeds of the flesh you will live
  • Vs 17 heirs of God
  • Vs 18 suffering of this time doesn’t compare to the glory that is to be revealed
  • Vs 19 longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God
  • Vs 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it
  • Vs 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God… those that God foreknew and predestined…
  • Vs 36 For Your sake we are being put to death all day long, we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered. (This was from the OT… past? Yet to come? Both?)
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