Romans 8 and the Spirit of God

Notice the word “therefore” at the beginning of this chapter. This bespeaks a continuation of Paul’s thoughts. Chapter seven was Paul’s old life. Chapter eight is his new life in Christ.

This dynamic chapter can be divided into four sections:

1-11: God’s righteousness made possible by the Holy Spirit
12-17: Righteousness is made possible by our adoption by God
17-30: There is hope despite sufferings
31-39: Assurances of God’s love for us

As you scan the New Testament, you see how God’s Spirit is the key to everything in your Christian life:

Sanctification comes through the Spirit – Romans 15:16
Joy comes through His Spirit – I Thessalonians 1:6
Heaven is where the Spirit is sent from – I Peter 1:12
We must be led by the Holy Spirit – Galatians 5:8
We need to walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:16
It is essential to pray in the Spirit – Jude 20
Peace comes through the Spirit of God – Romans14:17
We receive power by the Holy Spirit – Romans15:13
God commissions us via His Spirit – Acts 8:29

The Spirit of God is both our motive and our motivator.

A quick glance at Romans chapter eight shows the key role of God’s Spirit:

1. Quickening of our mortal bodies – v.11
2. Being led of His Spirit – v.14
3. The Spirit of adoption is in our hearts – v. 15
4. The Spirit is our Witness that we are children of God – v. 16
5. The Spirit assures us that we are heirs – v. 17
6. God’s Spirit assures us of our future resurrection – v. 23
7. The Spirit helps us in our weaknesses – v. 26
8. All things work together for believers – v. 28
9. God is on our side – v. 32
10. The Spirit shows us the inseparable and incomparable love of God – v. 35

Praise God today, as you pray in the Spirit, for the sweet presence of His precious Holy Spirit!


Maxim of the Moment

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars. - Les Brown