Romans 8 – Live in the Spirit

Posted: November 11, 2010 in bible, theology

I’m sure many of you have already played around with Wordle.  I plugged in the text of Romans 8 and this is what I got (the size of a word is proportional to its frequency in the inputted text):

What can we learn from this?

Paul opens the chapter declaring that there is now “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (v.1).  Therefore, we are now free to live “according to the Spirit” and not “according to the flesh” (v. 5), since we have received the Spirit of adoption and thus become God’s children (vv. 14-17).

The practical application is…live in the Spirit! We have no reason not to!  Indeed, we can truly live in the Spirit because we have confidence that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us, (v. 16).  We can truly live in the Spirit because we are eagerly awaiting our “adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies,” (v. 23).  We can truly live in the Spirit because “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,” (v. 28).  We can truly live in the Spirit because “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us,” (v. 37).  We can truly live in the Spirit because we know that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, (v. 39).

So, go live in the Spirit!

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