There are challenges in this world because sin has subjected everything to a curse. This is seen in the the effort it takes to survive, Genesis 3:19 “By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground”, the pain in childbirth, and the the nature of the flesh in Galatians 5:15 “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another”. And I have not yet mentioned our enemy, the god of this world. But for us, those that have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, “in all these things we prevail completely”. For us, “the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace”. For us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”. For us, nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
The Mindset of the Spirit is Life and Peace
The law only reminds you after the fact that there is a penalty to be paid. And this is the beauty of what God accomplished through Jesus Christ, in Romans 8:3 “By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh”. Jesus paid the price. The penalty of sin was paid. Now, in Romans 8: 5 “those who are living according to the Spirit are intent on the things of the Spirit”. We have a new heart, a new attention, a new teacher, the Holy Spirit of God. We now have in Romans 8:6 “the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace”.
The Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness
When we are born again, when we accept Christ as our Lord, our savior, our redeemer, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. God gives us a new heart. We are connected to him, reconciled to him spirit to spirit. There is now a voice of righteousness, a voice of the Holy one coming from the innermost part of our being. And that voice, our spirit living in unison with the Holy Spirit was always to be the head, leading our body. So, Paul says in Romans 8:13 “if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live”. We, our spirit, must take dominion over our flesh and bring it into subjection. The challenge is that our body wants what it wants and it wants it now. This is why Paul says “put to death the deeds of the body” because it will act on its own to get what it wants.
Creation Awaits Eagerly the Revelation of the Sons of God
What has happened in the world through sin does not just affect people, it says in Romans 8:22 “the whole creation groans together and suffers agony together until now”. There are many that worship mother nature. There are those that believe what we see now is the way God created the world to be. But that is not what God says. He says in
Isaiah 24:5 and the earth is defiled beneath its inhabitants. For they have transgressed laws; they have passed by statutes; they have broken the everlasting covenant.
The way Paul describes it in
Romans 8:20–21 For the creation has been subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its servility to decay, into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
So what will it look like when creation is set free?
Revelation 21:4–5 And he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any longer, and mourning or wailing or pain will not exist any longer. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the one seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new!” And he said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”
In All These Things We Prevail Completely
Jesus said to his disciples in
John 16:33 (LEB) I have said these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have affliction, but have courage! I have conquered the world.”
Paul says it this way in
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Then Paul lists charges against us, condemnation, separation, affliction, distress, persecution, hunger, lack, danger, put to death, sheep for the slaughter and how many other ways could he say we will have trouble in the world and then he says in
Romans 8:37–39 No, but in all these things we prevail completely through the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Children of the Promise Are Counted as Descendants
That He Could Make Known the Riches of His Glory
- Romans 8:9–17 The Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness
- Romans 8:18–30 Creation Awaits Eagerly the Revelation of the Sons of God
- Romans 8:31–39 In All These Things We Prevail Completely
- Romans 8:1-39
- Romans 9:1-24