Catch-up Friday

We’ve spent the last two days in a very quick overview of Romans 1-7, setting up for our focus on Romans 8 next week. Despite the universal sinfulness of humanity, God has provided a way for us to be right with him – not by what we do, but by faith in Jesus, who became the sacrifice of atonement for our sin.

Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Yet we’re still left with the problem of how to live a life that pleases God, while we wait for the hope of God’s glory (5:2). We can’t just keep on sinning, now that we’ve died to sin. And the law has proven itself incapable of restraining our sinfulness – in some ways it’s incited sin all the more (chapter 7)! So God provided a new and better way:

Romans 7:6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Chapter 8 explains what it means to “serve in the new way of the Spirit” as we live between-the-times. In preparation for next week, read all of chapter 8, and note down what it says about: (1) living by the Spirit; and (2) our future hope of sharing in God’s glory.

Romans 8 – Part Two

Although this is entitled “Romans 8 – Part Two” it’s really part two of our lightning-fast overview of Romans 1-7, which is important if we’re going to understand Romans 8 when we get to it on Monday. You really need to read yesterday’s post first.

By the end of chapter three we saw Paul arrive at the conclusion that all have sinned, and all are justified freely by faith, removing any grounds for one ethnic group to boast over against another.

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Romans 8 – Part One

Today, we begin a tour through one of the most important and profound passages of Scripture: chapter 8 of Romans. (Why? I’ve been asked to speak on Rom 8:17-28 in a few weeks, and I thought I’d take a bit of a run-up.)

It’s important and profound because it seeks to describe the new Spirit-led life we now have in light of what Christ has done. It encapsulates the truth that the first half of Romans has been building up to.

But today’s title is a little misleading. We’re not going to get to Romans 8 until next week. Why? Because we ourselves need to take a bit of a run-up, looking at what has come thus far.

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