The love of God

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    This chapter is loaded with deep concepts. It is a great chapter.

    Paul in chapter 7 discussed the difficulties of doing what is right. We are in physical bodies and as such we continually struggle with the temptations of sin in this physical world. Often, when we know what is right and want to do right we still find ourselves doing wrong. One single sin is all it takes to bring eternal spiritual death to us. Therefore we need redemption. We need forgiveness.

    Christ is that redemption...and that redemption comes when we follow Christ. We must walk after the spirit. We must realize that this world is physical and temporary. We must realize the importance of the spiritual and live accordingly. To be worldly minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (8:6).

    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] 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: [4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. [6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. [7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

    If Christ is in us, then it results in life. The body is dead because of sin...yet our spirit will live for eternity when we are forgiven of sin. If we live after the flesh (worldly, sinful), then we will die (eternally), yet if we mortify (put to death) the deeds of the flesh we will live (eternally). We as Christians must be able to recognize right from wrong and to live right. When we live in sin then death will inevitably follow. Yet when we put to death sin in our lives and through Christ live after the spirit we then will live. It is through Christ that we become Children of God. When we suffer for Him now, we will be heirs with Him for eternity.

    And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. [11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. [12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. [13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. [14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. [15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:[17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. [18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. [19] For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. [20] For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, [21] Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. [22] For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. [23] And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. [24] For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? [25] But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

    God chose mankind before the world was created. Mankind was chosen to be His children. He called us (through His word), He justified us (through His sacrifice), He glorified us (through salvation).

    Now...if God is for us, who can be against us? If God sent His son as a sacrifice for us, then what else would He not be willing to give us? If it is God that justifies us...then who can bring accusation against us? It does not matter what we face in this physical life...when we live after the spirit we cannot be separated from the love of God. We might endure persecution, famine, poverty, or even be killed by the sword...but all of that is physical and temporary and will not separate us from God's love. There is nothing that can separate us from His love...this love which is found in Christ.

    [28] Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. [27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. [28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. [30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.[31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? [32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? [33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. [34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.