October 23rd

Romans 7-8

  • 7:1-6 – Paul makes a great point that we have new life in Christ and that new life is no longer subject to the law.
  • 7:12 – The law was not bad. It made the people aware of God’s expectations and what actions were sinful.
  • 7:13 – Sin is still the harmful thing in our lives, not the law.
  • 7:14-20 – An extremely convicting passage that could have been written by any one of us. We don’t want to sin, but that is our nature because we are human. Our flesh is weak and easily swayed.
  • 7:21-25 – Most of us can probably relate to this kind of turmoil. We love God and want to serve him but also want to sin and are drawn to it.
  • 8:1-8 – When people talk about their pasts being too much to overcome or wondering if the church will get struck by lightning if they walk in, you can’t point them to these verses. Salvation through Jesus is about life, not condemnation.
  • 8:9-11 – The good news of Jesus! Though our flesh is sinful, as believes, the Spirit is within us. It is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.
  • 8:14-17 – Through salvation we are adopted into God’s family.
  • 8:24-25 – If we can already see the fruition or completion of something, we do not have to hope it will happen. We already know it will. We can only have hope when we can’t see the end result.
  • 8:26-27 – This is encouragement for us when we say we don’t know how or what to pray. We can trust that the Spirit will give us the words to pray.
  • 8:28 – This is a verse that gets misquoted and misinterpreted often. Note that there are some important caveats. The person has to love the Lord and they have to be called according to his purpose. We cannot simply decide we want something to happen and God grants it. He is not a genie. We have to be working for his purpose out of our love for him. In those cases, God works all things together for good.
  • 8:29-30 – The word “predestined” tends to trip people up. This passage is explaining that God, in his sovereignty, knows us before we can know him and he calls us to become more like his son who is the ultimate model for us.
  • 8:31 – Something to remember when it seems like evil is winning.
  • 8:35-39 – Powerful encouragement that nothing is stronger than the grip with which God holds onto us. He will not allow anything to separate us.

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