Romans 8:1-8 – September 23, 2007

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IN CHRIST THERE IS NO MORE CONDEMNATION (verses 1-8)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In verse 1 Paul could have said, “You no longer stand accused” – but we are still accused by that old devil; but it’s thrown out. He could have said there is nothing in you that deserves condemnation, but this wouldn’t have been a true statement because we all do deserve death and hell. What is the one thing he tells believers that is so encouraging to us?

Discussion)    He tells believers that there is no condemnation to those that are in Jesus Christ, if you walk according to the Spirit and not to the flesh.  This is encouraging in that no matter how many times we mess up, we cannot be condemned by Jesus.  We also talked about how we need to be careful about what we hear and see if it is true or not.  If someone says that they heard from the Holy Spirit or God and what they say goes against the Bible then it did not come from God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit since they cannot contradict themselves. 

Q2) Read Philippians 2:7, Hebrews 2:14 and 17 and Hebrews 4:15. Verse 3 states that God sent His own Son – because the law failed – we could not live up to the law. God made another way for us to be reconciled to Himself. God sent Jesus – He was made sin for us. What does it mean that God sent Jesus in the “likeness of sinful flesh”?

Discussion)    Jesus was made like us so that He could understand what it means to be tempted like we were.  This was not done so He could say that He did it, but so that He could have an unending supply of mercy for us.  It was asked whether Jesus had a flesh nature like us.  We discussed this and no he did not.  Even though he was born of woman, He did not come from the lineage of Adam (through the fraternal side) but He came from the lineage of God.

Q3) Verse 3 states that the law is weak. Why?

Clues)    This is the trick question.  It should be that the law is weak through the flesh.

Discussion)    This means that the law is pure and holy, but human kind made the law weak because humans followed their sin natures instead of following God.  We need to be very careful of this since there is a theology that has permeated Christianity that Jesus did away with the law.  No, he fulfilled the law and as we talked about previously the law is holy and points to our need for a Savior that only Jesus can fulfill so the law will always point to Jesus as our Savior.

Q4) Read Galatians 5:19-21 then read Galatians 5:22-25. This is a contrast of a life dominated by the flesh and a life dominated by the Holy Spirit. Why does, as verse 7 says, a mind that is set on the flesh is hostile towards God and doesn’t live by the law of God and couldn’t live by God’s law if he/she wanted to?

Discussion)    This is due to the fact that the flesh is focused upon self whereas God’s law is focused upon God, others then self.  Flesh always puts self first before everything else.  A question came about the prevailing thought that is going around that God will give us the desires of our heart if we just pray about it.  It should be noted if we are truly following Jesus that God will be first in our hearts, others second, and then ourselves last.  If this is true about us then we should only be doing what we see God doing and then our prayers will not be focused upon ourselves.  Another way to put it is in the life of Paul, he never asked for a new horse, new chariot, or some faster way to get to the different areas that he ministered to.  Remember that he had been tortured and beat up many times, so walking at times was very painful for him.  Instead he prayed for the welfare of others spiritually and physically.

Q5) What in verse 4 does Paul tell us can be accomplished in a believer’s life if we walk after the Spirit and gives a believer great encouragement and joy?

Discussion)    What can be accomplished is the righteous requirement of the law (God, others, then self) and what is so comforting about this is that when we pursue God first He will take care of everything in our lives. 

Q6) Read verse 8. Why can’t one please God when we are walking in the flesh?

Discussion)    Because the flesh and the Spirit are diametrically opposed to each other.  It is just like two powerful magnets that are trying to be forced to each other.  There is resistance and then there is a complete repelling so that each magnet goes in a separate direction from the other magnet.

LIFE APPLICATION: Why should we double check our minds and what it is focused on? How long does it take for us to become like-minded to the Lord?

Discussion)    We need to double check our minds because whatever the mind is focused on the rest of the body will eventually go to.  It takes a lifetime for us to have the mind of Christ, it is not an instantaneous thing.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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