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Romans 8ish

Wow, Romans 8 is deep. We have been going through this book for 2 weeks now and we are still not done. So much discussion has sparked in my small group its awesome. I kept getting these little situations in my head about certain parts of Romans 8 tonight it was cool.

Romans 8:15-17
15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
[a] or adoption, [b] Aramaic for Father

After reading this I got this image in my head of an orphan center with God standing at the entrance to the room where all the orphans are. The smart kids run up to God showing off their talents and intelligence in an attempt to impress him and hopefully be chosen for adoption. God pays no attention to the kids showing off for him and looks far across the room to the back corner where I am sitting with the look of intimidation and fear all over me. God points to me and says, I want him, the one over in the corner.

It is such a humbling feeling to know that God chose me over so many other possibly more qualified people. There are so many others that have more will power and self-control then I do. Many have not been through all that I have been through and made bad decisions such as I have made. Notice in the Bible through out the whole New Testament did God lift up one rich man? Did God lift up one person that was already living as close to being free of sin as a person could get without God in their live? Nope, God lifted people up who would be an awesome display of His mercy. In His choosing of children to adopt He is always right and for that I will forever be humbled. Another thing I thought about was in verse 17 where Paul says that we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. How do we even deserve to be co-heirs with Christ? Yes like it says we share in his sufferings but are we really suffering in any comparison? I think not. Jesus suffered; if you ever hear me say I am suffering then slap me because I have lost my mind. It is even more amazing to know that we are heirs to God’s promise. All of God’s children (all who are proclaimed believers) have this promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Is that not the most awesome thing to have on your mind every night before you closed your eyes?

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1 Comment

  • Rachel
    September 8, 2005 at 12:18 pm

    I love meditating on the fact that I am a child of God, that I am His chosen daughter, that He brought me into existence for Him. I find that this message is especially relevent for people who don’t have a family that is loving and caring. For people who have grown up with hardship and who had parents who didn’t love them the proper way. The consolation in this is that it doesn’t matter what kind of earthly family you have because in Christ God provides a family. He Himself becomes our Father that never fails and who loves unconditionally but also He provides other believers here on Earth to become our spiritual parents or our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are never without if we trust in Him to provide a family and all we have to do is seek fellowship with Him and other believers and we find that comfort of true family.
    Great notes Jerad! Thanks!


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