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Romans 6-8


A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
                        These chapters address the subject of sanctification in the believer’s life.  The concept has to do with growing more like Christ, more like God intends us to be and out from under the control of the self-centered pride which always acts as a barrier between us and perfect fellowship with God.  Sanctification is a process which continues throughout the believer’s lifetime and culminates at death (after our final entry into God’s kingdom) with glorification which is our assimilation into the glorious kingdom of God in the perfect state He creates in us forever.
                        Chapter 6 speaks of our freedom from the tyranny of sin, and unbreakable connection to God’s righteousness.  As Paul summarizes in verses 20-23:
“When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed?  Those things result in death!  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  
                        Chapter 7 speaks of our freedom from the condemnation made visible in the Law.  The Jews had tried (unsuccessfully) to make themselves worthy of God’s acceptance through obedience to the Law of Moses (found in the first 5 books of the Bible and their traditional interpretation which had developed through the centuries).  Paul insists that this was never the intent of the Law.  Rather, God gave the Law as a call to obedience by His people and as a reminder that by their own effort they could never be worthy of Him.  As he points out in Galatians, the Law reveals our sin and serves to call us to faith in God’s grace.
                        Chapter 8 assures us that our real life is made both possible and secure through the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  For the Christian, Paul points out, the Holy Spirit is the controlling influence (8:9).  Not only that, but the Spirit also enables us to intimately experience the love of God (8:15) and stay confident in our relationship as members of His family.  As we wait for God’s final triumph and our entrance into His eternal kingdom, we are one with the rest of Creation which has been warped and distorted by the presence of human sin in the world.  None the less, we will eventually experience the triumph of God through our union with Jesus Christ, and the Spirit keeps us aware that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
                        Are you encouraged by your relationship with God?  Today, let your mind focus for a few minutes on what it means when God makes all the promises contained in Romans 8:28-39.  Is there anything in all creation which seems to be separating you from God’s love right now?  If so, ask God to send His Spirit to “testify with your spirit at you are the child of God.”   Then spend the day rejoicing in the security of His love.

A. Eugene Pearson 2013