The book of Romans Ch. 8 with J. Vernon McGee. I cut my teeth as a babe in Christ with Thru The Bible Radio. Dr. McGee takes us into the heart of faith! Works vs. Faith. Todays world religions & cults are ALL WORKS driven. What a blessing we have in Christ Jesus!
ROMANS 8: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
v. 1 Because in our hearts we desire to serve God, He doesn’t condemn us when we fail.
v. 2 The law of sin and death is still in effect, but the new law of life in Christ Jesus supersedes the old law.
v. 3-4 The law of sin and death couldn’t make us righteous, but the new law of life is fulfilled in us by Christ (not by us) as we walk after the Spirit. Through Him we’re accounted righteous.
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: Romans 8:3
Romans Ch. 8 Exposistional Bible Study
Romans Chapter 8 Commentary & Notes
- God’s new provision for Sanctification, Romans 8:1-39 (Powerful sanctification)
- New law: Holy Spirit vs. Law, Romans 8:1-4
- New struggle: Holy Spirit vs. flesh, Romans 8:5-13
- New man, son of God: Holy Spirit and spirit of man, Romans 8:14-17
- New creation: old vs. new, bondage vs. liberty, Romans 8:18-22
- New body: groaning vs. redeemed body, Romans 8:23-27 Holy Spirit helps us in our present bodies.
- New purpose of God, Romans 8:28-34 God’s purpose guarantees the salvation of sinners.
- New security of the believer, Romans 8:35-39 God’s love guarantees the security of the believer.
v. 5 The main concerns of the flesh are: What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear?
v. 6 The mind of the flesh is death; the mind of the Spirit is life and peace.
As we allow the Spirit to govern our minds, we think in conformity to the
v. 7-8 The flesh is in rebellion to God’s laws, so we cannot please God as long as we’re in the flesh.
v. 9 We’re not in the flesh when we allow God’s Spirit to dwell in us.
v. 11 The Holy Spirit brings us into the resurrected life of Christ.
v. 12 We don’t owe the flesh anything!
v. 13 Through the power of the Spirit, we’re enabled to put to death the deeds of the flesh.
v. 15 “Abba” means “Father.”
v. 17 Matthew 25:34.
v. 18 2 Corinthians 4:17.
v. 19 All of creation waits expectantly for the redemption of our bodies when we’ll finally be in a body that is in harmony with our spirit.
v. 20 “Vanity” means “emptiness.”
v. 23 “They” refers to the world around us.
v. 24-25 Our hope is for that new body from God.
v. 26-27 “Infirmities” means “weaknesses.” The purpose of prayer is never to get our will done, but to get God’s will done. It’s a waste of time to pray for things that are contrary to God’s will. Sometimes we don’t know God’s will in a certain situation; then the Holy Spirit interprets our groanings and intercedes with God for us, according to God’s will.
v. 28 This beautiful verse sustains us in times of painful trials.
v. 29 God predestined those He knew would respond to His love and grace. When God watches our lives, it’s as if He were watching a rerun, because He knows what we would do (Psalm 90:9). Christ was the first-born.
v. 30-31 God chose us, called us, justified us, and glorified us. He is for us. The world, the flesh, and the devil are against us, but they’re no match for God.
v. 33 Satan accuses us, but God justifies us.
v. 34 The difference between Satan’s condemnation and the Holy Spirit’s conviction is that the condemnation makes us want to pull away from God, because we feel unworthy, while the conviction makes us want to go to God to make things right. Jesus doesn’t want to condemn us. He pleads our case for us. –Chuck Smith Outline Notes
OUTLINE (in brief): From TTB
1. Salutation 1:1-17
2. Sin 1:18 — 3:20
3. Salvation 3:21 — 5:11
4. Sanctification 5:12 — 6:23
5. Struggle 7
6. Spirit-filled living 8:1-27
7. Security 8:28-39
8. Segregation 9 — 11
9. Sacrifice & service 12, 13
10. Separation 14, 15
11. Salutation 16
I. Doctrinal, “Faith,” Chapters 1 — 8
A. Justification of the sinner, Chapters 1:1 — 5:11
1. Introduction, 1:1-17
a. Paul’s personal greeting, 1:1-7
b. Paul’s personal purpose, 1:8-13
c. Paul’s three “I am’s,” 1:14-17
Key verses 16, 17 — the revelation of the righteousness of
2. Revelation of the sin of man, 1:18 — 3:20
This is “Sinnerama.” Universal fact: Man is a sinner.
Ecumenical movement is away from God. Axiom:
World is guilty before God — all need righteousness.
a. Revelation of the wrath of God against sin of man,
1) Natural revelation of God (original version),
2) Subnatural response of man (reversion), vv. 21-
3) Unnatural retrogression of man (perversion),
4) Supernatural requital of God (inversion), vv. 28-
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