And we know that God causes all things to work together
for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
Someone has said, “That if the Bible is a great feast for the soul, then Romans chapter 8 is the main course.”
I would add, “Romans chapter 8, verses 28-30, is the main dish.” Without a doubt, these verses are the most glorious of all of Scripture. They are a summary, an encapsulation, of the whole of the Bible, the whole of the Gospel.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers in the 19th Century, said, “When home is ruled according to God’s Word, angels might be asked to stay with us and they would not find themselves out of their element.”
It could be added to that, “Where Christ is Lord in the home, angels might be asked to stay with us and they would find themselves right at home.”
Both of these statements are the result of a Spirit-Filled marriage. The secret of harmony and unity in the home is the fullness of the Spirit. It is power from within not pressure from without that holds the home together. And the fullness of the Spirit is how a home becomes a godly home of influence for the Kingdom of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of us. He indwells us, He empowers us, He fills us, and He transforms us more and more into the image of Christ. But by the Holy Spirit, we also have a responsibility to put to death the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8:13). This is called the mortification of sin. How exactly does mortification take place? How do we put the deeds of the flesh to death?
Life is full of important questions that need to be answered such as: “Who will I marry?” “What will I do for a living?” “Where shall I go to college?” “Should I even go to college?”
Questions like these are important, but what is the most important question of all? If you don’t get the right answer on the most important question, then the answers to many of life’s other questions are difficult to find.
The most important question of all is, “Do you belong to Jesus Christ?” because if you belong to Christ, then you are indwelt by the Spirit of God and you are led by Him.
Romans 8:5-8 explains why the Lord Jesus sent His Holy Spirit as He promised. This is it in a nutshell: The Holy Spirit is the way that Jesus lives His life in us and through us for His Glory. That’s why Jesus sent His Spirit.
This passage of Scripture also answers the question, “What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?” To walk in the Spirit is to live moment by moment in dependency upon Him, sensitive to His voice, and in obedience to Him.
To live any other way is to live in rebellion against God and to cut one’s self off from the blessings of God.
The Christian’s Independence Day
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free
from the law of sin and of death.
Why is it, when it comes to spiritual matters, that most people just don't get it? Why can't they understand the Bible and the things of God? How do we as believers get the truths of God's Word into our hearts and minds so that we experience Christ?