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Romans 8

Our Great Confidence (Romans 8:35-39)

We're now in the final verses of Romans 8, and to understand the closing verses, we need to understand and recap the previous verses to understand what Paul has been trying to establish and build towards.

God Is For Us (Romans 8:31-34)

We've finally hit the parts of Romans 8 that are more familiar to most of us. In this study, we'll take a look at what it means that God is for us. Perhaps it's different from what most of us assume it is, and is actually so much more!

The Golden Chain (of God’s Will) (Romans 8:28-30)

We're more than halfway through Romans 8, and let us take a timely recap of the big argument in Romans 8. This is important before we proceed on to these verses, which are often cited and could be familiar to many of us. Romans 8 flows from the question Paul poses in Rom 7:24 -- "Who will deliver me from this body of death?" Here, Paul is not talking of death in a mere physical sense, but the full state of things in this fallen world. Romans 8 helps us see the fullness of the Godhead is involved in our salvation from sin and death, and this chapter unpacks for us what the love of God applied to us means. 

The Work of the Trinity (Romans 8 and Ephesians 1:3-14)

While reading Romans 8, it is not difficult to see the repeated mentions of the Trinity in the passage. This week, we'll take some time to pause and study in greater detail the work of the Trinity, and the many implications there is for the Christian life. We'll use Romans 8 and also Ephesians 1:3-14 for our study.

The Interceding Spirit (Romans 8:26-27 and John 16:4-15)

We've learnt that hope is inseparable from salvation, and talked about waiting with both eagerness (expectantly) and patience for the return of Christ. This particular section of Romans 8 started with Paul comparing the present sufferings with future glory in verse 18. Today's verses pick up and continue to develop this theme, this time focussing on the very present work of the Spirit. We will also look at the words of Jesus in John 16:4-15, where He taught the disciples about the Spirit.

The Redemption of All Things (Romans 8:20-22)

We're halfway through Romans 8, as the layers are peeled away one by one, we begin to uncover more of the wonderful riches in these verses. Today we read these verses which talk about things at a cosmic scale. From Rom 8:1-18 thus far, Paul has been speaking to and about "those who are in Christ Jesus" (c.f. Rom 8:1). Paul was writing to the Christians in Rome to help them to see who they are. They have their past dealt with ("now no condemnation", Rom 8:1) and have been set free from sin and death. The law of sin and death no longer has any hold on them because of the work of Christ. Those who are in Christ now have the Spirt and now live lives not according to the flesh, but in the Spirit (Rom 8:5-15). The Spirit transforms all who believe (i.e. us), and they are also God's children by adoption (Rom 8:15). A promise awaits the children of God, the promise of resurrection.

Suffering and Glory (Romans 8:14-19)

In the last study, we looked at the idea of being called "sons of God" and the implications of this truth is further unpacked in this study.

Sons of God (Romans 8:14-17)

In Romans 8, continually speaks of the contrast between the Spirit and flesh. The chapter begins with how we have all sinned and are unable to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law. Therefore, God has to provide a way (and He did so) through Jesus Christ. Christ is the propitiation for our faith -- He has fulfilled the law and its requirements on our behalf and we can now be counted righteous by the righteousness of another. 

The law of the Spirit leads to life and peace, and as Christians, we have the Spirit dwelling in us to give us new desires. This leads to today's study, where we explore and understand our identity in Christ. 

The Resurrection Body (Romans 8:10-13)

How would you describe living the Christian life with the Holy Spirit in you? In 2005, sociologist Christian Smith published results from surveying and researching the spiritual views of teens in America. He coined the term "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism" (MTD) to describe their views of God and Christianity. This is the view of many people even today. But our passage in Romans 8 gives a radically different picture. God, through the apostle Paul, displaying out the practical implications of the gospel for your life and mine.

Life in the Flesh, Life in the Spirit (Romans 8:5-9)

Previously, we learnt about the prologue, people of and promise of Rom 8:1; and how in Rom 8:2-4, we see how only Jesus Christ can give us true life and freedom from sin, by fulfilling the requirements of the law. In this study, we'll look at two different lives that we can live. 

Freedom from Sin and Death (Romans 8:2-4)

Tonight's study focuses on freedom from sin and death. If you're a Christian but do not know what it means to be saved, or you think sin is something bad that we simply need to avoid, we need to reconsider these things in this study. We will study how sin affects the Christian life tonight. Sin neither controls you, nor we it.

No Condemnation (Romans 8:1)

Romans is an important book in the Bible, and Romans 8 is an important chapter in this important book. But this chapter does not stand in isolation and it is important for us to understand where it is located in the larger argument of the book and to trace the argument in the chapter. For this first session, we'll try to see this chapter in the context of the book, and we'll spend the rest of the 12 weeks tracing the argument as it unfolds.