We come to Romans 8 on the tail-end of the doxology that took place at the end of Romans 7. What causes this outpouring of praise is the newfound freedom given to the believers in God through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
What does this new life of freedom mean for us? What does it entail? The book of Romans gives us many glimpses of what our born-again privileges look like, but in Romans 8, we see more precious truths that remind us that now, under the law of grace, we are no longer condemned under the law of sin. We are alive to the wondrous life-giving mercies of God.
No Longer Condemned
From the very first verse in chapter 8, we are confronted by a compelling truth that stirs the heart with a breathtaking reality. Now that we are in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation for us. Those words could not be anymore clearer. Christ Jesus became flesh, in the likeness of man, yet without sin (Romans 8:3). The law was never made to save us, and it could never do so by our weaken flesh. But now that Christ, who is without sin, became sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21), we are now under the law of grace. The wrath of God has been satisfied, and with the finished work Christ provided in our stead on the cross, we can walk in confidence with this banner raised high.
No one can bring a charge against God’s elect (Romans 8:33). God has justified us in Christ, and surely as He lives, our justification is set.
Freedom from the Flesh, Adoption from the Spirit
We come now to see that in Christ, we no longer have to live like the world. The Bible teaches us in Adam, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). That being said, those who have not received Christ are enslaved to the law of death. They are bound to sin and cannot be freed by their own doing. Those who are alive in Christ now have His Spirit living within us.
Jesus gave us this comforting promise in John 14:16, asking the Father on behalf of His disciples then and now to send us His Spirit to help us. And now, lead by the Spirit of God, we are now adopted children of God. You did not only receive complete pardon for your sins, but now you stand adopted and loved fiercely by the triune God to the praise of His glorious grace.
We now cry, “Abba, Father” in the power of the Spirit, and the Spirit testifies with ours in such sweet comfort that we are the children of God. A Christian is just not a title given to us because we attend church twice a week or because of family holds to it. A Christian is a daughter or son of the Father, a temple of the Spirit, and a disciple of the Lord. So much for our hearts to rejoice over!
We have what everything in this world needs. The groans and cries of creation long to be freed from the effects of death and sin. Those who stand now as enemies of God share this same groan, yet they know not how to be freed from it (Romans 8:20-22). The world longs for things to be made new, and Christ promises to do just that (Revelation 21:5). When He comes, we will be like Him, and our adoption will be finalized. We are not yet as we should be, but one day when He appears, we all see Him and be like Him (1 John 3:2).
Take heart, friends. Even in times when it's hard for us to hold on, our weakness is aided with the might and strength of the Spirit. He aids us in all things, right down to the very words we lack to say with our mouths in prayer. The Spirit intercedes on our behalf, bringing to the throne room of God the prayers we want to say but just cannot find the strength to. This is not speaking in tongues. This is the Spirit’s work in us, aiding us in our weakness to pray the prayers we should but cannot (Romans 8:26-27).
Sisters, we are not left to our own. God is for us (Romans 8:31).
In Him, We Are More Than Conquerors
Because Christ has defeated death, so shall we triumph against it. Because Christ lives, so we shall live. Our victory in this life (or the next) does not rest in the strength and might of our feeble and rebellious selves but in the strength and might of the One who fulfilled the commands of God by just being Himself.
No one can bring a accusation against us that sticks since God has justified us (Romans 8:33). No one can condemn us, not even ourselves, because Jesus is the One who died for us and rose again (Romans 8:34). Our High Priest remains seated on high, and our treasure is Him. Therefore, nothing in this life or world can separate us from Him or His love that He has freely given to us.
Sisters, no matter what you face in this life, you cannot and will not be separated from God (Romans 8:38-39). He lives within you, He calls you His, and one day, you will be home with Him. Let the things of this world come, and let them come at us with all of their might. Everything works out for the good of those who are in Christ Jesus, even what may seem like utter disaster (Romans 8:28). If you are in Christ, by grace through faith, then let these promises of the hope that remains unseen give you strength to take on each day, knowing His promises are sure and will come to pass!
About the Author
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Griffin enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.