Hey y'all! This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! I'd like to summarize for you what I learned from a sermon that was preached on this past Christmas Sunday.
Romans 8 was our text and we basically just covered an overview of the chapter. We've been climbing for seven chapters up to what some people call the best chapter in the Bible. There are at least three reasons for this:
1) The whole passage, especially verse 10, makes it very clear God WILL save us His people. There's no question about it. He accomplished what He came to do, and then went back to sit at the right hand of God the Father. We are now justified, which is the opposite of condemnation. These are legal terms. Paul begins chapter 8 by reminding us that we are legally justified before God and ends the chapter by telling us of the glorification we have to look forward to. Remember way back in Chapter 6 when Paul began a big long parenthesis? Well, essentially we can read from chapter 5, which discussed our death in Adam and our life in Christ, straight to this chapter without skipping a beat.
Who can bring a charge against us? It is God who justifies, asks and answers verse 33. Who can undo our justification? There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.
2) God declares that we have already been glorified. Glorification is the restoration of our physical body to be free from sin-- hang on here as we study verses 29 + 30. The verse begins with "Whom He foreknew, He also predestined..." and ends with "these who He justified, He also glorified." That is all past tense.
Whom He foreknew. God didn't just look down the corridors of time and see, "Oh, yes, Olivia is going to choose Me so I'll put her in my Book." No. Whom He foreknew He also predestined. Destined to be His people whom Christ came to save. God is already loving you. The love of Christ began with His love for us, not our love for Him. NOTHING can separate us from what God loves.
3) This is especially comforting as we deal with suffering. Verse 18 reminds us that "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." When we realize this, the external pressures and hardships we have look so small. Put the sufferings of this life on one side of a scale and the glory God is working and it's not just that God's glory is heavier--- no! the scale breaks-- they cannot even be compared! Our cup will runneth over. Verse 38 Paul says he is convinced, he concludes, that death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities... will be able to separate us from the LOVE of Christ. Just like Paul, we need to draw this conclusion and take hold of it. He appeals to what we know to encourage us. Verse 22, "For we know that the whole creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God." and verse 28, "For we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
We can face sufferings in a spiritual way or in the flesh. It all goes back to the love of God. We all know verse 28 by heart. It is such a comfort to know that all is for the good of HIS people. And have been learning that His people are those whom He loves. There is nothing that can be compared with the glory that is to come. Romans chapter 8 begins with our condemnation, but it ends with our glorification. That is, our no longer being separated from God. This should give us such comfort in trials! He names our security Emmanuel-- God with us.
God is not a minimalist. He didn't just save us. He didn't just keep us from going to Hell. The Lord is doing so much more for us. Verses 16-17: "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him."
"But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us."~ Romans 8:37
This is my sister Emma! She's 17 and one of the best people ever. She dresses super cute all the time and we are always stealing each other's ideas and combinations.
Dress: ThredUP: Free w/credit
Shirt: JCPenny's: $12
Hat: Charming Charlie's: $8?
Shoes: Kmart.com: $25