Saturday, January 2, 2010

Assurance Of Glory Through Faith In Christ (Romans 8)

Text: Romans 8

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

3. In Sanctification (6:1-8:17)
   C) Of Body (8:1-39)

Since Christ's death bore the condemnation of the Law (1-3), and since the Spirit which raised Christ indwells them (11), believers who are unable to serve God in the power of their flesh (7:14-8:8), are now free from all condemnation (1-5) and obligation to their sin nature (12) to serve God by the power of the Spirit (8:1-17).

Though believers now groan and travail with the conflict of their old nature and "sufferings of this present time" (18), God assures them of future glory (12-39) when He will redeem their body and free them from their sinful nature (18-26).  Assurance of this hope comes from seeing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (15-17), knowing the Spirit prays on our behalf (26-27), and God's plan to glorify every believer He ever saves in the first place (28-30). This plan is so sure to occur that it is spoke of in the past tense, as having already been accomplished, and means that nothing (in the broadest possible sense) is able to separate believers from the love of God.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.