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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-15-2012

More Than Conquerors

    Romans 8:1 ¶  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.

What a privilege we have to walk and talk in constant communion with the living God. The Old Testament law showed us our sin and our need for a Savior, but it couldn’t save us. We still have law, but it is not the dead letter of rules, rituals and regulations. We now follow the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The Old Testament law could only condemn. The law of the Spirit enables us to be conformed to the image of Christ.  

Romans 8:10 ¶  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.

Our best efforts at self reformation are of no avail. It is only the indwelling Spirit of God that will make our earthly mortal bodies alive and able to conform to the righteousness of God. We don’t owe our flesh anything. If we live after the flesh, we will die. If we kill the deeds of our body we will live. It’s as simple as that. Our proof of sonship is demonstrated  in how we live.  

John 14:15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.  

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

If we are led by the Spirit of God, we are the sons of God. For example: The Spirit puts a check on our tongue before we can utter hurtful words. If we don’t heed the warning, the Spirit lets us know, right? It is the Spirit that brings every thought into the obedience of Christ (2 Co. 10:5).  

Romans 8:15  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.

The Spirit lets us know that we are children of God. However, and it’s a big however, there may be some suffering involved.  Paul refers to the suffering of this “present time.” It appears that  the book of Romans was written around A.D. 56-58 and  persecution of the church was underway. At first the Roman government only took action upon the complaints of the general populace. Often the complaints were by non-Christian Jews. It became fashionable to blame the Christians for anything that went wrong. In A.D. 64 persecution of Christians became government policy, when the emperor Nero blamed the Christians for the burning of Rome. Persecution continued off and on under various emperors until Constantine made Christianity the state religion. Persecution ceased, but so did total adherence to the apostle’s doctrine (Ac. 2:42).  

Here's a good web page that details it all. Religious Facts  

Romans 8:26 ¶  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.  

Romans 8:34  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.

The workings of the manifestations of God within the godhead are to say the least, sometimes a bit confusing. Here’s how I see it: As the old Christmas carol O Come All Ye Faithful so accurately states, Jesus was “the Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. (Jn.1:1,14).”  Upon His resurrection, Jesus was made a quickening or live giving Spirit (1 Co. 15:45). He, in His glorified body, is seated at the right hand of God (1 Peter 3:22), which is a euphuism  for the  place of power and authority. There He ever lives and makes intercession for us.  

Romans 8:26 tells us that the Spirit helps our infirmities and makes intercession for us. Romans 8:34 states that it is Christ who is seated at the right hand of God who makes intercession for us. Some conclude that we have two intercessors, but Ephesians 4:4 tells us that there is one Spirit and 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us that the Lord is that Spirit, the same Spirit by which we are all baptized into the body of Christ (1 Co. 12:13). Upon His Ascension, Jesus claimed all power in heaven and in earth (Mt. 28:18) and Colossians 1:19 and 2:9 reminds us that all the fullness of the Deity dwells in Him bodily.  

Romans 8:28  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.  

Whether feast or famine, sickness or health, scarcity or abundance, all things work together for good. It is God who works in us to will and to do His good pleasure (Php. 2:13).  

Romans 8:29 ¶  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.  

We were predestined before creation to be conformed to the image of the Son of God.  At that time our salvation as well as Bethlehem and Calvary were accomplished facts in the mind of God who calls things as if they are when as yet they are not (Ro. 4:17).  

Romans 8:30  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.  

Because God chose us, He justified us by the blood of Jesus, and glorified us by His Spirit.  

Romans 8:31 ¶  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?

I believe that Paul is warning the Roman church of suffering to come. Let the world say what they will, but we  have the assurance that we have been declared righteous by God. If God be for us, who can be against us? In all of our difficulties we are made conquerors by and through Him who loved us. Think about it! If God freely gave His son that we might live, how can we not die for Him, if need be?  

Paul sums it all up in words that eloquently speak for themselves. These words apply to us just as much today as they did to the Roman church. They were being warned of persecution to come. We don’t hear a lot about it but, large segments of the church today are suffering persecution.    

A website worth checking out. The Persecuted Church  

I’m sure that you’ve noticed that the culture in this post-modern is quickly changing. This was demonstrated by the recent U.S. election where homosexuality, same sex marriage and abortion was openly promoted and defended. God and His absolute Word has been removed from our laws, our courts and our schools. Everything is relative now and there is no absolute truth. Jesus said otherwise:  

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

It seems that everyday, that supposed violations of church and state are challenged. Any mention of God and especially the name of Jesus will not be tolerated . His name was a stumbling block in the early church age and is still a stumbling block today (Is. 8:14; 1 Pe. 2:8). The preaching of the cross was considered foolishness then and it still is today.  

1 Corinthians  1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  

So, if we are called upon to face tribulation, distress,  persecution,  famine,  nakedness,  peril, or sword, will any of these  separate us from the love of Christ?  

Romans 8:35  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.

No, a thousand times no! In all of these things we are more than conquerors, not by ourselves, but through Him who loved us.  

Romans 8:38  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.
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