THURSDAY, JUNE 1
SCRIPTURE: Romans 8
Although there are no bad parts in the Bible, some chapters seem to rise above others. I am thinking of chapters like Genesis 1 or Psalm 23 or John 3 or Philippians 2 or Romans 8. That doesn’t mean these chapters are better than others. There is no such thing as a bad chapter in the Bible. It just means that some chapters (like the ones I listed) seem to resonate with most of us in a different way than other chapters do. Today we have the opportunity to tackle what I consider one of the great chapters of the Bible: Romans 8.
While I am excited about getting to walk through this chapter with you, I am well aware that there is absolutely no way we can do justice to this incredible chapter in the short amount of space that we have. Think about it. This chapter begins with the incredible, life altering, universe shaking truth that God does not condemn Christ followers. Even with all of our struggles with sin, our failures, our foibles, God does not condemn us.
The chapter moves on to talk about the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is not only proof and evidence of our salvation. He is also the person and the power for us to live a more Christ like life.
From there we encounter the marvelous truth of adoption. When we are saved, we are adopted into God’s great family. Since we are not always up to speed on our Roman history, we may miss the fact that in the Roman culture, naturally born children could be disowned but adopted children could not be. In other words, once you were adopted into a family, you were always a part of that family. Somebody needs to shout because that means when we are adopted into God’s family we are a forever member of God’s forever family.
As we move further into the chapter, we are sadly reminded that all of creation was devastated by the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. But that sadness is quickly tempered by the fact that there is a day coming when all of creation will be released from the burden of the curse of sin.
A little bit further, we encounter the crazy truth that “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose”. Obviously not everything that happens to us is good. But God is able to take everything that happens, mix it all up, and when he pours it out it is good. How great a God must He be?
The chapter ends with the incredible statement that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
I would encourage you to read back through this chapter at least one more time. If you have the time, I would challenge you to read through it a little more slowly than you normally read. Maybe you could even pause ever so often and just let this incredible chapter marinate in you. There is just so much in these 39 verses.
What a Savior we have! What a glorious Savior!