Job 33:27-28 He sings before men and says: ‘I sinned and perverted what was right, and it was not repaid to me. He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light.’
We are in Christ Jesus and so our Spirits and bodies will be redeemed (Rom 8:1-13)
Minds that are set on the things of the flesh hate God.
Therefore, because of the work of Christ Jesus on the cross, those that live in Christ Jesus, those who have died to the flesh and are now alive in the Spirit, do not face condemnation for their sins. This is because the power of the Spirit of life that they have received from Christ Jesus has set them free from the power of sin and its wages, death.
God has made them righteous, something which the law, though holy, could not do because of the weakness of their bodies. He did this by sending his own Son, Christ Jesus, in the flesh, condemned the sin in that flesh to fulfill the requirements of the law, which is death, so that they who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit and are therefore in Christ Jesus might be called righteous.
Those who live according to the flesh are focused on the desire of the flesh and the things of this earth. These things are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. All the things that are against the law. On the other hand, those that live according to the Spirit are focused on the things of the Spirit and heaven. These are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To set one’s mind on the things of the flesh results in sin which leads to death, but to set one’s mind on the things of the Spirit results in life and peace.
These minds that are set on the things of the flesh hate God. These minds refuse and cannot submit to God’s law and because of this those that live according to the flesh cannot please God.
When the Spirit of God lives in you, you are not governed by the flesh but by the Spirit. Without the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ Jesus, you do not belong to Christ Jesus. You do not live in Him and He is not in you.
However, if Christ is in and therefore you are governed by the Spirit, although your body might be corrupted by its sinful nature, through the Spirit of God, your spirit has eternal life because you have Christ Jesus’ righteousness. If the Spirit of God, who raised Christ Jesus from the dead, lives in you, God will give new life to your perishable body, after you have continuously put its desired to death, through His Spirit which lives in you.
We, who are in Christ Jesus, are therefore not slaves to the flesh and can not live according to it. If you live according to the flesh you are condemned to death. If you live according to the Spirit of God, you will always put to death the desire and the fruits of the flesh when they arise and you will have eternal life.
In our redeemed state we are sons of God and have great glory waiting for us (Rom 8:14-25)
We are in Christ Jesus if we share in His suffering.
Those who are led by the Spirit of God, those who live according to the Spirit, are sons of God. We have not received from God a spirit of slavery that leads to terror. Rather, we have received the Spirit of adoption as sons of God so that now we can call Him Father.
The Spirit of God testifies to our spirit that we are children and therefore co-heirs with Christ Jesus of an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, and kept in heaven for us (1 Peter 1:4). We are co-heirs only as long as we have suffered with Him so that we will be glorified with Him. We are co-heirs provided like Paul we can say, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Why are we willing to suffer with Christ Jesus? Because our suffering today does not compare to the eternal glory of our inheritance from God as His sons. A glory which all of creation eagerly longs to see revealed.
Creation waits for this revelation because it has been cursed to fruitlessness by God because of man’s sins but according to God’s promises, all creation is waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:13). And not just the creation, but us also who have been given the Spirit of God. We groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons and for the redemption of our bodies.
It is the hope of a new heaven, a new earth, adoption as sons and redemption of our bodies that leads to salvation. The reason we hope for these things is that we can not see them and because we don’t have to hope for something that we can see. Since we hope for these things we wait for them patiently.
Through all suffering, we wait in faith and are assured that nothing can take us from Christ nor Christ from us. (Rom 8:26-38)
For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
While we wait, the Spirit helps us in our areas of weakness. We have limited understanding and don’t know what we are to pray for but the Spirit of God, himself, with groaning and pleading too deep to be expressed in words, prays for us. God, who can see everything in the hearts and minds of men, knows these deep pleadings because He knows what is in the mind of the Spirit and the Spirit prays according to the will of God.
In addition to the Spirit interceding for us, we wait patiently for our hope because we know that for those who love God, those who are called according to his purpose, He makes sure that all things that happen to them make them worthy for and prepare them to experience what they hope for.
God works for those who love Him in this way: Knowing that they will love Him, God predestined them to be conformed to the image of His son and so be Christ Jesus’ brothers. God then called them and then justified them and then glorified them.
If God is our shield, and He is our shield, and if He fights for us, and He does fight for us, no enemy or circumstance can stand against us. If God did not withhold His own Son, but for our sakes made Christ Jesus sin so that Christ Jesus would die for our sins, He will, in His abundant grace, give us all things.
Nobody can accuse us before God because He has declared that we have no sins to answer for. Nobody can condemn us because Christ Jesus, who died as a ransom for us and rose again, is now at the right hand of God interceding for us.
No tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword shall take away our love of Christ Jesus such that we are no longer in Him. In all suffering, by the power of God, we are more than conquerors. I have complete assurance that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen and amen!