Romans 8

 

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Let's take a breath and refresh our memories on what the therefore is there for. In Romans we have seen the state men were in, that Jesus Christ gave his life for us, that we are made righteous not by our own works, but because of what Christ did for us, that Christ has delivered us from death and we have eternal life.

 Romans 8:1
There is
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Christ took all our garbage to the grave with him, and when God raised him from the dead the righteousness of God was made available to us. All we have to do is believe, and once we are born again we have eternal life. Christ has made us righteous, and that's why God isn't mad at us. Once we are born again we are no longer guilty of anything because Christ paid the price for us. That's why there is no condemnation to those of us who are in Christ Jesus. Once we are born again and receive the gift of holy spirit, we are no longer of the flesh, we have spirit, and it is that spirit that is eternal life.

1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Corruptible seed is seed that will die. Incorruptible seed is seed that will never die. Once we are born again of incorruptible seed we have eternal life. Christ paid the price so we could believe to have this. Once we believe we are no longer guilty of anything and therefore there is no condemnation to us. God isn't mad at us. He isn't pointing fingers at us. He isn't frowning at us. He isn't looking for ways to punish us. It doesn't matter how evil we were, or how many terrible things we have done, once we are born again we are made righteous, we are washed clean of everything. Yes, and that even includes you Jesuits. Don't ask me to explain it, I can't. Do you think I was a good person before I was born again? Do you think Paul was a good person before he was born again? What we were before we were born again has absolutely nothing to do with this.

Ezekiel 33:11
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Jesus Christ paid the price for us when he gave his life for us. Put your past behind you and move on, it's a new day.

Romans 8:1-4
There is
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what 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:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

This isn't about us, it's about what Jesus Christ did for us. Once we have the gift of holy spirit we are no longer in the flesh. In the flesh refers to men of just body and soul, men who have no spirit, men who are dead, men who have no eternal life.

Romans 8:5-8
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Again, in the flesh refers to men of body and soul, who have no spirit. It has nothing whatsoever to do with performing any kind of works to earn righteousness. Once we are born again and have spirit, we have been freed from sin and we can't be condemned for anything because we are no longer guilty of anything. If someone isn't born again however, it is impossible for them to please God. This has nothing to do with being good people or bad people, it has everything to do with our believing to receive the gift of holy spirit.

Another point that needs clarifying is that when new people come to our home churches some of them will be men and women of just body and soul who will not have spirit. People coming in off the streets come looking for answers, so for a period of time we will always have men and women who are in the flesh coming to our home churches. We have to teach them how to believe, and the book of Romans is doing just that. If you want to help people, the book of Romans is a good place to start.

Romans 8:9
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

This establishes what we have just learned. Once we have the gift of holy spirit we are no longer in the flesh. Anyone who does not have the gift of holy spirit is in the flesh and is still dead in their sin. When new people come to our home churches we have to teach them the word so they can believe to be born again and receive the gift of holy spirit.

Romans 8:10
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

The gift of holy spirit is that Christ in us. It is spirit from God and it is the spirit of Christ. This isn't saying that Jesus Christ is God, quite the contrary, it is reinforcing the truth that they are two distinctly separate individuals. When we believe we are born again of incorruptible seed which comes from God. That seed isn't God himself, it is the Christ in us.

Romans 8:11
But if the Spirit [the gift of holy spirit] of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [make alive] your mortal bodies by his Spirit [spirit] that dwelleth in you.

Correcting the translational errors with the capitilisation of spirit in this verse makes it easy to understand. God is Holy Spirit, his gift is holy spirit. They are not one and the same thing any more than it was your father himself that wriggled into your mother's womb to impregnate the egg that became you. God is Spirit, his gift is holy spirit, and that gift is the Christ in us which we receive at the time of the new birth.

Romans 8:12-14
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

If we live our entire lives as body and soul men and women and never believe to receive the gift of holy spirit, we shall die and our existence will be over permanently. Some of the people at the home churches Paul was addressing were indeed people of just body and soul so his admonition makes total sense. When new people come to our home churches we need to teach them the truth and this is the truth. If they get themselves born again, they will receive the righteousness of God and that will mortify, or blow to smithereens all the evil deeds they have ever done. Whenever someone believes, they are baptized in holy spirit, washed clean of every single little dirty thing they have ever done and they receive the righteousness of God. That's why there is no condemnation to those of us who are born again.

Romans 8:15
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption [huiothesia], whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

The spirit of bondage is a devil spirit. When we are born again we don't receive a devil spirit, we receive the gift of holy spirit from God. It says adoption here, but the Greek word huiothesia means to make or place as a son. We are born again with incorruptible seed, seed from God, and that makes us children by birth not by adoption. By the way, Father is a poor translation of Abba, which is an intimate term that would only be used by family. A more accurate translation would be daddy. God is our dad.

1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Once we have the gift of holy spirit we are children of God by birth. It is the spirit born within us that is our eternal life.

Romans 8:16
The Spirit [pneuma] itself beareth witness with our spirit [pneuma], that we are the children of God:

It is good to see the correct use of upper and lower case with pneuma in this verse. God is Spirit, his gift to us is spirit, and it's easy to see the difference here.

Romans 8:17,18
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer [endure] with him, that we may be also glorified together.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Our gift of holy spirit is our witness that we are the children of God. Well, if God is our father then everything he has is ours because we are his children and children receive an inheritance from their father. That inheritance is what makes us joint heirs with Christ. Being joint heirs means we all share fully of everything. None of us gets anymore or any less than anyone else.

However, the devil is still the god of this world and he doesn't like us. I don't like the shithole much either, but for the time being we have to live here and he is going to attack when he has opportunity. Paul is now going to show us how we can endure those attacks and overcome them.

Romans 8:19-22
For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

For the creature [creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Because the creature [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Once you begin to understand the depth of these verses your life will never be the same again. I don't feel qualified or adequate to teach this, but I got the green light so here comes some new light for the world. God began to show me this stuff about a year ago and at times it has been so overpowering it has often reduced me to tears.

Romans 8:19
For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Earnest expection means intense anticipation. Remember when you were a child and it was the day before your birthday and you couldn't wait to open your presents? What about the night before your wedding? Occasions such as these are when we experience intense anticipation. I felt this the night before I did my first parachute jump as a newly badged 15 Para soldier. We were at RAF Brize Norton, we had done all the training, and the next morning we would be doing our first parachute jump. The barracks was usually humming with life and conversation, but that night it was dead quiet. None of us could sleep. None of us were chatting. We were all lying in our bunks wrapped up in our own thoughts. Intense anticipation is something that completely and absolutely focusses your thoughts and emotions.

Creature should be translated creation, and it refers to God's creation. By the way, there is a truth here I've never seen before today. Talk about timing? The creation, God's creation experiences intense anticipation. I have no idea how I have never seen this before, but there it is. If the creation experiences intense emotion it must be intelligent, and this is where things become emotional for me.

I first began to see this while writing the final chapter of my free online book Understanding the Bible, the chapter entitled The Word Will Come to Pass. Here is the paragraph from that chapter.

"Hey, want to know something I learned this week? All my life I've had this hazy, nebulous idea that God is somewhere out there in the vastness of space, lost among the stars, way out there in the universe in someplace called heaven, somewhere way beyond my comprehension. Well, God showed me this week that this is not the case. That's looking in the wrong direction. God isn't up there in the astronomical, he is down in the microscopical among the atoms, among the photons, protons, neutrons and electrons that all matter is built from. That's where the spiritual world is, not lost out there somewhere in space. That's why God is everywhere. Atoms and molecules are the building blocks of everything. The senses realm is built from the microscopical universe outwards. The senses realm is but an outgrowth from the spiritual world resident down in the atomic universe."

God is light, right? Well, photons are particles of light. All matter is built from photons, from particles of light, and God is light. That's why he is everywhere. God knows everything because he IS everything.

Romans 8:19
For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

The intense anticipation of the creation has been waiting for us to be manifested since the fall of man thousands of years ago. My intense anticipation before my first parachute jump lasted only a few hours until a green light came on, a hand slapped my shoulder, someone shouted GO, and I jumped. God has been living with a far more intense anticipation every moment of every day for thousands of years.

Let's take this a step further. Hold onto your heart, because this is going to take some thinking through. God is everywhere right? He is light and all matter is composed of light. Every proton, neutron and electron that all atoms and molecules are built from are built from photons, particles of light. If the creation is intelligent and experiences emotion such as intense anticipation, then what exactly is the creation going through every day? How intense is this anticipation and earnest expectation God has been living through for thousands of years? We get a clue in verse 22.

Romans 8:22
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Every moment of every day of every year since the fall of man in Genesis thousands of years ago the entire creation has groaned and travailed in pain. God's every conscious moment is filled with pain so intense it makes him groan. Sometimes I am filled with pain and groan inside when I hear about terrible things happening, expecially to children. It hurts, even though I wasn't there. I catch a brief glimpse of something in the media and it hurts deeply. Well, God is actually right there, going through every evil act on planet earth as it happens in real time.

Every child that has ever been raped, tortured and murdered, God was there going through it with the child. Every disgusting, putrid, vile, atrocious evil act that has ever been committed on earth, he has gone through it. He has felt the terror, horror, pain and death of every single child, young person and adult on earth who has ever been beaten, tortured and murdered. He is experiencing and living through every evil act that is happening right now all at the same time. For God, it never stops. He never sleeps. He sees everything. His heart breaks a thousand times every day. Whatever disgusting, putrid, atrocious evil thing you can imagine, God has to live through it and be there and experience it.

And that's as far as I can take this because I can't see what I'm typing through my tears. We just have no idea the torture and pain that God is going through every moment of every day. Why doesn't he put an end to it, you ask? Well, he's God, he can't be anything else, his nature is to give life. It's our job to put things right and that's why God earnestly waits for and intensely anticipates the manifestation of the sons of God. God has done everything for us, and when Jesus Christ returns we will begin preparing to deliver the creation as recorded in the book of Revelation.

Romans 8:21
Because the creature [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Keeping this in mind, let's read on.

Romans 8:22,23
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

While we are waiting for the return of Christ we are still strapped to these dead bodies that Paul mentioned at the end of the last chapter.

Romans 7:24,25
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul practically screamed for someone to help him escape from the dead body he was strapped to. Can you feel his intense anticipation for the return of Christ? When Christ returns, we will all be delivered from these dead bodies and get beautiful bodies that will live forever. That's our hope, and now Paul explains our hope in a little more detail.

Romans 8:24,25
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

In essence what this is saying is that hope is something we can't have right now, it is something we look forward to in the future. Our hope is the return of Christ, and we wait for it with patience.

Romans 8:26,27
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

These verses refer to speaking in tongues which is perfect prayer. The gift of holy spirit makes intercession for people when we pray in tongues. As we pray in tongues we speak words which we don't understand therefore we can't utter them because we don't know what the words mean. However, God is energising those words and that's why it's perfect prayer. There is no way we can possibly know all the time what to pray for, or how to pray perfectly with our minds using our five senses abilities, but God knows and when we pray in tongues we are praying perfectly because the spirit is making intercession for us according to the will of God.

Romans 8:28,29
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Jesus Christ was the first to be raised from the dead, so that makes him the firstborn from the dead. Since the day of Pentecost when the gift of holy spirit was first given everyone who has ever been born again has also been raised from the dead. Jesus Christ is the firstborn and those of us who have been born again are the many brethren he now has. Being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ is a reference to the gift of holy spirit, the Christ in us.

Romans 8:30
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

The subject of the bible and every book in the bible is Jesus Christ. In Romans he is the believer's justification and here again we see that. Those of us who believe and receive the gift of holy spirit are justified because at the time of the new birth we receive the righteousness of God. We are justified because of what Jesus Christ did for us. Jesus Christ is our justification.

Okay, so we are justified and we are righteous, we are at peace with God, we are children of God, and we are joint heirs with Christ. Can this get any better? Oh yes!

Romans 8:31
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Plenty of verses around the word to establish this truth for us. Try this one.

Joshua 1:9
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

What about this one?

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

With God on our side we can fear nothing and overcome anything.

Romans 8:32
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?

Freely does not mean reluctantly. Freely does not mean grudgingly. Freely does not mean hesitantly. Freely means freely. God earnestly wants us to have all this.

Romans 8:33,34
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

There now follows a list of rhetorical questions. These questions actually begin in verse 33, so let's read this again with the corrections and see how beautifully the word flows. Remember, these questions are rhetorical, which means the answers are so obvious they do not need to be stated. The figure of speech emphasises the truth behind the questions. If it helps, insert don't be ridiculous as the answer to each question to understand more emphatically what God is saying.

Romans 8:33-35
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth?

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Who is going to charge us with any crimes? God? Don't be ridiculous. Who is going to condemn us? Christ? Don't be ridiculous. Who or what is going to separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril of sword? Don't be ridiculous.

Romans 8:36,37
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors [hupernikaō] through him that loved us.

The Greek word hupernikaō is a compound word from huper and nikaō. Huper means super, or over and above, and nikaō means to prevail, to overcome, to conquer. Hupernikaō therefore could be translated superconqueror. We don't just scrape by in life, we absolutely prevail over everything, regardless of who or what attacks us or whatever the challenges may be. If God be for us, who could possibly be against us? Is mental pressure going to defeat us? Don't be ridiculous. Is distress or persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword going to defeat us? Don't be ridiculous. Even if war comes, we can prevail and be super conquerors despite the challenges. If God be for us who can be against us?

Romans 8:38,39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature [creation], shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is nothing on earth, nothing in death, nothing in the devil spirit realm, nothing in politics or any government or the deep state, nothing in the present or the future, nothing in the atomic or astronomic universes, nothing in the whole of creation that can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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