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Romans 8 - Living by the Spirit

Chester Clark III


By the time Paul reaches the eighth chapter he is finally getting warmed up in his treatment of the glorious gospel of Jesus. To make matters abundantly clear he contrasts vividly the difference between a life lived walking after the “flesh” and a life lived by the power of the Spirit. Join Pastor Clark in this exploration of Romans 8, and be inspired by the wonderful privileges afforded us by the gospel!


This is a continuation of our series studying the book of Romans.


Chester Clark III

Pastor, Evangelist, and Educator



  • February 22, 2014
    11:00 AM
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him our study of Romans so far we've been looking at the good news of the gospel as portrayed by the apostle Paul and what a journey it's been already Romans is so power pack with with teachings that we can live by and learn from and they were going to be looking at Romans chapter rated three weeks ago we look at Romans six through eight basically as we look at chapter seven but the Romans chapter eight is probably the antithesis of my emotional love involvement with Romans chapter seven I mentioned the last time the Romans seven was not my favorite chapter out of my lease favorite chapter was just a difficult passages halting all kinds of things and I struggle a little bit through some of what he's saying but we looked at in context I hope that it was clear as we try to food to apply adore lives that God wants us to live a life of freedom and Jesus says that if the Son of Man makes you eat then you are free indeed and the Romans chapter rate is is is where we find that and then beginning Paul's speaking rather rather clearly about that in the first part of Romans chapter rate were to be exploring these the rest of the chapter today Romans chapter eight and I disinvited about your heads with me as we have additional word of prayer father in heaven today we just think you that we can trust you to lead us in our study of your word we are finite your infinite we are mortal your immortal and yet you give given us your words your will your directions and we come to it recognizing our need for divine guidance as we studied stages today as we look again at Romans I just want to pray your spirit would be our teacher in our guy to me my lips that you would hide me behind the cross of Jesus that he might be seen today we pray in his name I met Wallis Jeffrey begins with this this is trying on one phrase from the apostle Paul is a very therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit no condemnation is just it just had his agonized struggle with with how he feels condemned and how how when he is trying in his own in his own being in his own flesh to do good a lot doesn't help at all this makes them feel bad this condemns in the gallant answer all walk and was point out our unsaved condition and so he says you know I tried a new writer try to write it and I can't do right because there's another law in my members he says in Romans seven bringing into captivity to the law of sin and death I would stay in captivity that lost in the know we says in verse one there is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the one everybody off the flesh but after the spirit easy as a contrast also develop in Romans chapter rate between the life in the flesh in the light of the spirit in a sober look at in the first part of our time to get the date notice first to first to make it crystal clear my mind for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death out and want you to recognize that back in Romans chapter seven time to the wall this again but you can get the CD or listen online but in Romans chapter seven he says I see another law warring and my members bringing into captivity to the law of sin and death now true or false you cannot both be free from the law of sin and death and in captivity the Lawson and that sinker it's impossible either you're in captivity or your freight and Paul here saying it were in Christ Jesus April one not according the flesh but after falling living by the Spirit there is no condemnation and the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free it is free from the law of sin and death we don't have to be condemned by the law because Jesus blood covers arson the men we know have to be we'll have to have a guilt trip because attacking the lobby desk it's his job to write his law in our hearts that the new covenant expressing thoughts on you Mister Drayton right I will write my law in their hearts and put it in the inward parts that's his job our job is to follow our job is to walk in the in the newness of life that Jesus wants to give us that will explore here firstly for the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin condemned sin in the flesh this is what authorizes a look at the Lockwood and say listen the more I look at a lot of the more guilty I became the worse I felt the more hopeless itsy but Ask Jeeves is game he demonstrated that in the flesh in connection with the with the with the father we don't have to be in captivity to the law we can instead have the law written in their flesh but in our hearts that the righteousness of the lovers for might be what fulfilled in us to walk not after the flesh but after this you see a pattern developing here in chapter in chapter one and an answering verse one it says who walk not after the flesh but after this here in verse four again walking on after the flesh but after the Spirit you see this contrast the ball is developing here he says for those that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh but they never draft of the Spirit the things of the spirit out to be very clear here I don't believe I don't think you believe that Paul here is talking about the fact that when we are in the human of you know flash that we cannot we cannot please God if we would go on to say inverse in inverse six and seven and eight related draft of less demand things of flesh that his spirit the things of the spirit be currently minded is death to be spiritually minded is life and peace because the carnal mind is enmity against God is not subject to love God neither indeed can be so then they that are in the flesh cannot please God I don't believe Paul is trying to say here that we cannot please God as long as we have these bonds I don't think you broadly that either because there's plenty of other verses that talk about pleasing God so this would be to put the Bible against the Bible if we were to try to save it but Paul's theology as he strategies that because we have human bodies we can't please God the flesh that is talking about is not simply are in our care all coals and are nailed to the goals and in the flesh that we have and are in our inner our bones in our blood or body the flesh that he's talking about it's a common term that he uses in the New Testament he uses the term to speak about our farm are falling in nature our carnal nature many try to explain this in a way this is the knitting little bit from the Bible to give you this this illustration if you please see I believe God made man perfect in the beginning and I believe God made us up right back that's what the Bible says that we sought out devious ways God made us upright immunity made is correct and and when God made us in the beginning Adam and even the garden according to my understanding of Scripture when God made us in the beginning and it is this freedom of choice right because he loves us now what without freedom of choice there can be no love there can be no relationship he does have an ottoman robot a computer something program but he loves the game 's freedom of choice and as he dares that freedom of choice we had any perfect in the her resting we work in we had the ability to choose to obey him we can happen and require a miracle to follow God 's instructions were not nice would it be nice if we just simply no sort automatically are in the nature was to do the right thing one way of illustrating that is to think of art of our nature as being sort of two different components Alan illustrate this and this is where I think this is an illustration it's not an indigenous Bible truth they just don't be understand what happened the fall of the web some people described as the higher powers and the lower powers listen to be careful behind the higher powers would be that the intellect the reason and conscience and Wisconsin Avenue don't eat of the fruit of the trees in the middle of the garden why not because it was poisonous you can say happy invaders and begins a new break out in hives I like that in fact it was proven to be an good for food the only reason they were not eat of the fruit was simply because got since Christ that the ultimate test of obedience nominated Nixon struck my that when we obey just because God said so and so that's it that's what the test was they had had knowledge they had intellect they had a reason they had a conscience he seemed and God made in such a way in the beginning that they could they could they could add their own strength in their own abilities they were able to choose to obey God we have a higher powers we also have the lower powers and God need these perfect also when we categorize lower powers and appetites the passion the desires okay and the way God made us in the beginning it was just that way the higher powers of the lower powers our appetite was in control of our intellect reason consciences make sense we could and actually do what was the right thing Adobe can shows are higher powers are lower powers in subjection what happened when man sin when men chose instead of following Jesus instructions God 's instructions when men chose instead to follow the tempter 's instructions and eat of that fruit of the tree with the forbidden there came a fallen nature where in there is a reversal of how God made any of you who tried to overcome your own tendencies on your own strength and testify that are being no longer naturally have our appetite reason and conscience in control of our literacy intellect reason and conscience in control of our appetites passions and desires in fact we are powerless of our own strength we keep doing the things we don't want to do that's what he talked about in Romans chapter seven is I know the right thing to do but I can't elect that's not how God made us in the beginning and conversion is where God not in a permanent sense because that would sort of some predict the rest of our choice but in a in God and eight in cooperation with our decisions God empowers once again our intellect reason and conscience to give us victory over at a fashion designers that the miracle that I believe we need and so when we talk about living after the flesh is not talking about is not talking about living in a human body is not at all that you want just a couple verses amid me show you one verse why I don't believe this is true not only the flesh is talking about our are physical body look with me in much look in the first year chapter for first anger finger on the things are going right back there first Peter chapter four years here's an illustration of how the flesh is used first Peter chapter for Mrs. Peter speaking that this is in harmony with the way Paul uses this term as well he says in verse one first Peter chapter one verse one for as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh now we can stop right there is a wealth course Christ suffered in his physical body was nailed to the cross right and so he could be talking about that if this is as far as we read it we read on notice what he says arm yourselves the same way as Christ is suffered in the flesh arm yourselves likewise with the same mind with you talking about here is a don't is because you go out in an entity you know torturing our bodies should we go out and have ourselves crucified notice what certain x-rays for he was suffered in the flash has what ceased from sin below this is where in the Middle Ages some people got the idea that if you wanted to have freedom from sin you had to abuse your body you have do you know how to love both flagellation Zen and torturing chain yourself the monastery wall and try to be hauling dry dry that's not what that's not what Peter 's right to say it all the time is aligned with the same mind Christ suffered in the flesh is that mean politics plainest way I am crucified with Christ those who are Christ's always able to look at this little while those who are Christ's have crucified the flash with the affections and lusts that's our appetites passions and vices as simple or what now what I want us to do is we get to this study Romans chapter eight when I want us to see his how experiences this is what's important really this is where the rubber meets the road Paul contrasts among the chattering with faculty there now Paul's contrasting the life living what I read a carnal nature desires in the flesh desires I know I know I shouldn't be doing that I'm to do it anyway I don't have power over myself because as a law in my members bringing that into me in the captivity loss and that Jesus wants to set us free from that experience for Jesus wants to give us power his grace is sufficient to free us from the power of the enemy to believe that the Son of Man sitting free you are free and need to work were in a contrast to these verses notice with me we party went down to verse eight so than they are in the flesh cannot please God that you are not in the flesh can't figure it disembodied church member that football thing nothing at all you're not in the flesh because he chose a life like it and decided that the old person don't versus Dan and each day each day you are depending on the power of the Holy Spirit to give I spiritualized I went to a friend I said this before missing again if your religion consist nothing other than what you can do by yourself your religion is worth Jesus doesn't want us to just be a bunch of self-help you know maybe I don't get hypnosis ruggedness I'm sure there is good counseling is good site psychology and psychiatry and all the principles that you can learn to help yourself and your thinking processes of work but ultimately what Jesus can do for us if far exceeds anything we can do for ourselves and we need to answer for myself I need daily Amir this preacher this printer needs a miracle and less eyes have a miracle I will be lost I can do it by myself only the miracle of Jesus saving me can see if your religion it consists of nothing more than what you can do for yourself your religion is really worthless we want to see what God can do for us and then we must see what Jesus can do and this is what you say is so then you versus verse nine but you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit is solving the Spirit of Christ or Spirit of God dwell in you now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ is not a visit is one of the other it's not is not sort of halfway or or semi- one of the other and if Christ is in you the body is dead because of sin now introduces a new different words of the blessings of the body was time of the same thing the body is dead because of sin but the Spirit is life because of righteousness but the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you he that raised up Christ from your from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you is not good news or what are you listening brothers sisters would you agree with me that it took a miracle of divine power to raise he's run the dead do you see what all trying to say here do you agree that Paul is trying to say that we as Christians ought to experience the same hour of the Holy Spirit that Jesus experienced it got pretty clear he's not beating around the bush is not being he's not beneath an equivocal about it he's been very clear that God wants us to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives to quicken our bodies to resurrect another was to give breath in life to our spiritual tools him it's not funny either don't care how much I don't care how much I pay my tithe or I can obey this a bad earthlike I don't care what the life I live it doesn't matter only the miracle of divine grace can give me spiritual life that's why Jesus says you must be born again of water and of the spirit John chapter three therefore the conclusion based upon the fact it is preceded that this is therefore in your translation first the first the first verse twelve based upon the fact that the Spirit of Christ which raised Jesus from the dead can also quicken your mortal bodies therefore brethren we are debtors not to the flesh to live after the flesh were not required to follow the lives that we once lived now he says review the methods let you shall die but if it is mortify the deeds of the body shall live for as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God must look a little bit of a contrast here is my run through what we've seen already in Romans chapter eight if you'll notice in the year we had one of the flesh versus living by the Spirit in the law of sin and death which is said to be bringing us in the captivity were brought into captivity in our and our members we also have the law of the Spirit of life on the other side of this is contrast on one hand those who have the law of sin and death are minding the things of the flesh on the other side they are mining the things of the spirit regarding Sunnis versus your Romans chapter eight he says to be carnally minded is death not good to be spiritually minded is much better than the life and peace right wonderful wonderful contrast that we happier if we don't have the Spirit he says and the last two verses we read we are not Christ's if we are born again by the spirit will be more to find these the body through the spirit and the spirit will be raising us to walk in newness of life compare this to Romans chapter six is a very very clear Paul's developing a theme here remember chapter divisions are artificial they came they came upon the 12th-century 13th-century and then Paul is the developing a theme here about how the old man died the new man is born again now let's look at what the fruits of the flesh are these are the appetites passions and desires that's my terminology not the Bible 's book for me and it helps me to understand what stock analysis relationship for five Galatians Chapter five and were going to read verses nineteen to twenty one and before we get there while you're turning there and I read a few verses prior to that this is again I want you to see how similar the passage here is passing just been reading in Romans chapter eighty in verse sixteen he says this then I say walk in the spirit that sound familiar walk in the spirit that you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh right the one hand you have a flesh walk and plus other hand the other would have spared anything walk after the Spirit walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of flesh that someone promised you aren't you think of the promises of God 's word are I'm just so thankful that we can claim I love the way it says adding a second drink in chapter one verse twenty says all the promises of God in him Jesus are you a and a man and when we're in Christ were a new creature right and working when Christ the promises are hours to clean that's the wonderful wonderful promise so we says walk in the Spirit you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh for this flash for seventeen lasts against the spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary one to the other so that you cannot do the things that you would this is a one sentence summary of Romans chapter seven is in it he's talking the same theme here but if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law and it's very clear we compare Gromis map chapter eight what is talking about here verse nineteen for the works of the flesh are manifest which are these adultery for occasion uncleanness lasciviousness idolatry witchcraft hatred variance emulations wrath strife seditions heresies and beings murders drunkenness ramblings and suchlike other which I tell you before and I told you in time past that they which do such things shall not what shall not inherit the kingdom of God Nepal and gives us a list and most of us sitting in church in our best behavior we can say what that list doesn't strike me but if I'm honest if the preachers on I have to recognize that list describes my natural speech only I haven't murdered what is that some things there the little more subtle than murder delight in being Zen gossip and strife very soon and you know this type of an attitude I think sometimes that sanctified sins are the harness for God to work on her heart Sunday night pride is easy for us to sit in church and sort of you know how to ourselves on the back and say I'm not in that list but the fact in either we are experiencing a miracle of death and new birth or that list is describing this right is describing me something home appalled their enrollments and license after five in contrast fruits of the flash works of the flesh and when he says it with the fruits of the what this contrast is going on and we see it here in the next few verses wrong Galatians five verse twenty two but the fruit of the Spirit is love and joy and peace long-suffering gentleness and goodness of faith meekness temperance against such there is no law and those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts how does this happen to me tell your friends if you can understand it you can experience how this happens you experience what God 's will is for you I believe this I believe is that where the rubber meets the road if you want to call the Christian life is learning not of our own strength no I can just go out beside what you know what they looks like a great date February twenty second sun shining outside so plus I ate a good dinner last night and I slept so so I slept enough I should be able to take care of myself today those that do that pride I'm going to humble myself that envy when I see something or hear something or whatever you know I understand be happy patients when someone really crosses me wrong because I ate enough and I slept enough because it's sunny today and orphans and all that I would be fine that the way works of the devil doesn't care all be honest and demonic spirits I found it the way the double work to sort of like a sort of like Ed Powhatan but what he does is he smart and in my life at least he sees me wake up and it's sunny on feeling good and I'm thinking you know what I got this you know I am today I'm a Christian and without even really talking too much to daughter spending much time in prayer even before I not that often the one of praying in my life to Christ 's amenities I just feel like I got it I got it under control you know after all yesterday went really well maybe with a boy that and then I go out in the day thinking I'm doing finding you what the devil doesn't year he backs off his nothings of the devil has always tempting to write nothing says he always has to give his trouser tester faith musings you can do whatever he wants better knowing just Rosie just peachy that's what happens few days of that guess what I'm on top of the world everything is fine I'm going well and you sell then something comes in my life then there is a Devils got me where he wants me to see Scott me without the power of the spirit living my life without me even realizing I need Jesus today and something comes up and it's pretty obvious that old Chester still you can just make yourself patient is you will yourself to you can make yourself humble in Omaha you speak I to be problematic turned out pretty well after all that type of humility would have if we try to make ourselves on God wants to do a miracle for us and it means to be anything close to Jesus when talk about that in just a moment so this is the contrast that all developing on the step three is found other places in his riding design your relationship or five fits on a number of places but most if not illustrated right here on this chapter ratings draws an outburst of progressive reverse contrast living out of a flesh walk in the flesh living after the spirit living by the Spirit and I love the way it says here I love the way says that in Romans chapter eight is get back there from chapter eight I love what it says in verse six interested verse working for is many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the what sons of God friends you can take the Bible you can take apart and all components and an you know the Bible this fits together the Holy Spirit inspired this book have noticed that how we born again were born again into the kingdom of God right when aborting it would become the sons of God will know surprising when were born again were led by the Spirit were born again of water and spirit to become the sons of God were led by the spirit of God it all fits together doesn't encapsulate the Bible works and we can see the themes running through Jesus teachings and surprise we see them riding through the apostles teachings because they were followers of Jesus the one who they learn from and they had begun to experience this for themselves as many as are led by the spirit of God they are the sons of God and end the way I always cross references to Romans chapter one verse twelve it says for as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God it's receiving Jesus isn't it that we are born again of water and of the spirit and we become the sons of God notice what it says therefore you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear but you receive the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry father while David now is a love you've seen this contrast you seen it to the two different camps into categories and we all know where we naturally fit of design who are naturally I've been over here in the works of the flesh Paul now to start giving us some ideas of how we can spirit is with on the other side and what he first said we first points us to is our position I want us to see what led what is trying to administrative ring out here versus fourteen to seventeen we are the sons of God and we been adopted by this theory the Spirit of adoption the spirit makes us children of God that means that we are not slaves if anyone does know know know you can obviously in your prince or princess you can be your other children of God the sons and daughters of God you have a heritage you haven't an hand gesturing you have an inheritance that is far greater than that and that's why we can save were in trouble we can say father listen we need to remember who we are if we want to have an experience with Jesus better-than-expected we need to remember who we are we are children of the key and entertaining is on the wrong making of the universe as our pennies wanting to get into his accessible within the daddy that's what all the means a here policy is in sort of a puzzlement colloquialism or figure of speech is not the official health father on the daddy that our position we have a relationship we were born into the family of God we have a relationship with the God of the universe hallelujah what a wonderful wonderful opportunity we have our position is the position of children not a slave not a servants but of children and the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God and if Sheldon then errors and areas as joint heirs with Christ Jesus is our elder brother now I need I'm excited to get excited about this this is wonderful stuff that all trying to children to teach us we are children of God enjoy as with Grimes a involvement about this list don't hold onto your seats is not over yet if so be that we suffer with him that we may also be glorified together then he transitions from our position as children as sons he's reminding us of because we are children and sons it does not mean that everything is another way when next two verses Paul's talking talking on the real gospel to real people not some theoretical church that has everything together and there should draw Preston have been he's talking to people in Rome believers in Rome Jews in Rome that he wants to read this letter patient recognizing their things in their lives that are very well people have problems people are persecuted people have tragedies occur and Paul Stennis explained to listen to them and to us the gospel doesn't take us out of this world it sustains us through this world when were not were still in the world but not of the world we have a power eight someone holding our hand we haven't elder brother and just like Jesus as the son of God was not exempt from going through this life on this earth we won't expect to be exempt from the troubles and trials of this life no there are some people who focus so much on what some have called a prosperity gospel that individuals and that led to believe something 's going along their life because God 's not happy with them I want you to knows something brothers and sisters friends Paul talks to real people real problems real trials and struggles and he points us to Jesus who went through a real life with real troubles in real struggles in comparison and an siblings and an understanding of the dysfunctional home and and and disciples that didn't understand of the verse of conflict and an item in the trading and Jesus went through those three why would the servant is greater than the lower right why would we think the we don't have to go through some of those expenses as well and so we says we are joint heirs with Christ if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together for Iraq and an earring it is the ease of client practically due to the today life and which were living for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us this is what Paul want to keep as our perspective our perspective is to say what we are citizens of the heavenly nation we are pilgrims passing through here we all have to have everything just right in the flight because you know it's just a mold and we have eternity look forward to and so our perspective is that the perspective of eternity Romans chapter eight verse aging I reckon of the sufferings of this present time this present age are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us for the earnest expectation of the creature awaits for that manifestation of the sons of God I wanted it I want you to notice you what all now arguing he's a lot stopping ourselves too often we think about our religious walk with any high what I what I what I need I need I want to be safe Paul now point your attention are a prospective eternity that is and what is not just about me do you realize Paul says that the entire creation is suffering because of mankind notice what he says that's exactly something that he says in verse twenty four the creature was made subject to vanity not willingly but by reason then resident in the same and hope because the creature itself also be delivered from the bondage of corruption to the glorious liberty of the children of God for we know that the whole all creation groans and travails in pain together until now who's is our notice what he said in verse nineteen for the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God let's isn't just context Bible study hear what did we just learn with the sons of God those who were led by the Spirit of God 's this whole life world of sin is waiting for manifestation of the sons of God we says all creation is groaning in travail in pain together until now why because God is waiting for a revelation of self his character its love through his people he's waiting for a group of people who are led by the Spirit of God look with hope this offer me one second when I think the time is work running out of time four verse fourteen was a say this gospel team should be preached in all the world for a witness of all nations and then what in common to see my friends this is that this is not a contrast or contradiction it's the same thing the gospel of the kingdom will not be preached in all the world when we get all of our theology Dr. Dre the gospel of the Kingsley preached in all the world when we're led by the Spirit of God and we reflect his love to a watching die Revelation chapter fourteen verse fourteen talks about the harvest of your visit picture there we won't turn there is a picture of the second coming of Jesus on the cloud resists rust in your sickle for the harvest of the earth is right what's right people are led by the Spirit reflecting his message to the world and on the other hand I suppose those who rejected his spirit have made your final decision as well I do with visiting cries out it wasn't little book on the parables of Christ when the fruit is brought forth is gloating here on the parable of Jesus when the fruit is brought forth immediately puts in the sickle because the harvest is Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of himself and his church when the character of Christ to be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will clunk on to claim them as his own what he's waiting for he's waiting for God 's people 's to demonstrate lithosphere can do on love as he left and live as you live so we have here the position we have here the perspective I wanted to let now the next few verses are predestination I want us to notice year what he says in verses twenty eight and onward for we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to them who are the called according to his prime purpose member that's that's still talking our perspective we can then we can understand there's things happening in this world but we can know that God can bring good from it for whom he did for no he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren moreover whom he did predestinate them he also called him he called them he also justified and whom he justified them he also glorified now let's just stop here and I've I I many good friends who believe that this is talking about God 's chosen something be safe and some people to be lost I tend to see you differently simply because one reason because certainly we don't state 's version of active rest of Scripture I believe God gives us freedom of choice but not less even this passage we had here we have those who he has one's laces whom he predestined he also called and recalled he justified and unjustified and also glorified know what glorification we understand what justification is right being forgiven persons whatsoever is how many of you have our experience glorification who alone has experienced truly I guess more vintage Jesus Christ and so if we look at it we look at what he's saying here is not saying that we've already been glorified when he sang his God 's will is that we all now we got time to go into all this in detail but I just want to say that this to me is very very comforting what Paul's friends say because looking at that contrast of tables and recognizing where I dwell all in that contrast with questions and by the Spirit it's very comforting to me to recognize one truth is what Paul is trying to teach real into our hearts and minds of the God 's will for you to see he says the same elsewhere disease not willing that County compares any should perish God 's will that nobody's lost their PC but remember he respects her freedom doesn't because without freedom there is no such thing as relationship or love and so here he says he says he'll need in predestination also of limited for no how many of us today for no hollowness so all out as he sang a predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren for whom he did yesterday also called McCauley also justified to me just like them he also glorified what shall we say that in these things if God be for us locate the access this is good news friends because if you ever feel hopeless I I pray you do that you don't feel hopeless or not to cast yourself on the merits of a man amazing debut if you think there still hope in what you can do and how you can obey and how you can do better health you will not be set if you feel helpless this is good news because it tells us it's health that God 's will is for us to receive keys on our side anything God our society we can elect not week that he can do it right we don't hold anything against God 's will for us pleasing God 's chosen presidency and all eternity look for e-zine eternity he has been very mentioned for you Easterbrook imagined for me it's his choice of his desire for us to not only meet not only to be for no not only to be called not only to be justified if it will trust to be glorified in Lebanon forever with God 's for Sue can be against us this is how I love this friend if he that spared not his own son but delivered him up for us all how shall he not with him also freely give us all things listen pausing it Jesus would come down to this earth and die on Calvary 's cross of bottling the end of that amazing yet pouring out all of heaven to die for our sins risking the throne of the universe if God would do that in the easiest and stand back and folded his arms the okay my part to see if you can be called using logic here he simply singlet that theological if God would give Jesus which is the most valuable gift anything by far the most Bible gets hand-delivered the don't you think he's going to be about anything else we need in order to live and eternity with him he would send every angel out of heaven if needed to give us victory over the keyword or how his soul that he will pour out heaven in God 's wars who can be against us you delivered up his own son for us all how shall he not with him also freely give us all things anything that is needed and then he says who shall lay anything to the charge of godlike it is God who justifies who is he that condemns it is Christ that died he that is risen even as the right hand of God who makes intercession for us in falcon clears this up this passage year with the working with the with the explanation of the promise he says and let's are reimbursed thirty five who shall separate us from the love of Christ shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril is sort as it is written for thy sake we are killed all the nay longer counted as sheep for the slaughter name says it all these things we are grew him that loved us is a wonderful thing but no matter what happens in this line no matter what position we hold in society no matter what struggles or difficulties or persecutions or even trial mistakes and behalf in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us William Ward said God wants us to be victors not victim to grow not grovel to soar not sink to overcome not be overwhelmed for God 's will is for us and yelled when I think about this passenger think of two things number one Paul is trying to tell us we don't have an excuse when we come to the judgment bar of God no one is going to be able to a straight face honestly say you know what I can accept Jesus my Savior because they're hypocrites church the Bible here says that nobody else no other creature can separate us from the only way they were going to be lost my friends is if we choose to be lost when I take full responsibility I member one time I was teaching Christian school and when my graduates call two o'clock morning she's really angry I don't remember what it happened her dad confiscated a computer something she was really really upset she called Jesus like I is a link right on the island is a leader hurt I want all and allow them just be crazy do something you know while then make them just mad and hurt I'm thinking okay who in her young skin hurt yourself and ultimately a part of growing up in his wasteful teenagers a lot part of growing up is realizing we have spots ability for a life 's I'm not the way I am I can excuse this does my parents for the swear that way I choose polyurethane is reminding us that we have we can't blame other people that effectively an introspective look at ourselves but there's something even greater main idea pulse trying to bring across your I believe is that Jesus will is for internal and unconditional Mosley says Ryan persuader thirty but neither death nor life nor angels of his powers are powers of the president 's number hybrid up for any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord friends of mine today what's the secret what's the secret to living a life living by the Spirit will first of course we had to be born of the Spirit but then we remember our position where children songs at any time we can say to have an unlimited resources of omnipotence art at our command second is our perspective were not here for the long haul this is just a brief moment of vapor like on the morning perhaps it do a morning grass is here is gone will living for eternity is that I think of that church member said to me really have to make me mad not if I see from the perspective of eternity right allow the Holy Spirit to give us and give us his perspective know that it's God 's will for us to these a and it is God 's will if we ask anything was to say the accident according to his will he hears us right we ask for is willing to give it to us I asked because it's his will for us to be say finally I promise Paul does not focus on the law to show us how we can overcome the flesh he focuses on the love of Christ it focuses on the sacrifice of God for us the focus is on God 's eternal power and eternal love and its promise that he'll never let us go they love it so much he will never abandon us if you want to walk the spirit remember your position remember your perspective remember this your two eternal life and remember the promise of God 's eternal love focus on Jesus on the lot on the sand not on the level focus on Jesus by God 's grace to a miracle they like a he will work in us both to will and do of his good pleasure at about two friends but I want to be a victim not a victim I want to grow and not grovel to soar not seem to overcome not be overwhelmed that's what I believe Jesus wants for you and for me today that your desire to be like joining data asking him to give us that the miracle of the walking living by the Spirit must pray father in heaven today we'd is thank you that we can we can trust in your grace can trust in your goodness and trusting your eternal everlasting unconditional love what thank you for loving us enough to invite us to spend eternity with you thank you as is the is the book of Revelation says that the spirit is is in the bride are saying whosoever sneers let them say whosoever will let him take the water of life award that invitation means us you're not willing that any should perish but all country defendants that's your choice your desire I just pray that we might marvel not love it we might we might focus our eyes on Jesus we might look away from self and feeling sorry for ourselves and feeling justifying need to justify ourselves and we might just look to Jesus and by looking we might live by looking to Jesus we might be seeing over today I pray there's someone here who is this wanting to live by the Spirit wanting that power maybe their Christian experience is just then a formal religion but not not experiencing the power of the remaining working set of Venus when the last days without a form of godliness but not the power thereof we want to know the power we want to spirit the raised Jesus from the dead to quicken our bodies our minds are so to write that our hearts that we might love and live for him as a father I just pray you know you chart your siege decision a seal that decision is I must remember this week we are children others will react is a this media was brought audio nurse a website dedicated to spreading God 's word through free sermon audio and much more and you would like to know 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