An incredible phenomenon happens in scripture. Often times we’re reading along and suddenly nothing is in context anymore. It can be confusing if you don’t know what’s going on. God is the Author of the Bible, the men who wrote it are the writers as God worked within them (since God doesn’t have hands and is invisible). That being the case, there are places God put things in, that don’t look like they were supposed to be there. There are three chapters in Romans written this way. They are parenthetical. It was like God put them in parenthesis and addressed an entirely different topic and group of people. Yet many trained in God’s Word teach right through these verses as if they should all run together. Today, I’d like to take a back road and explore the beauty of the Word. 🙂 I think you are ready for it, so let’s turn on the four-wheel drive and turn into an often overlooked wonderland.
(Throughout this section you’ll see my own comments in black parenthesis. The brackets hold what would be the italics from the King James Version.)
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. (Is someone looking down their nose at you for your walk? Here’s the verse for that.) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (The “Law” in the Old Testament modified behavior in the 5-senses world yet was weak because it couldn’t modify spirit.) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. Because the carnal mind (alone) [is] enmity (at odds) against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (It can’t communicate with God so how could it be subject to it?) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
vs. 10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. vs.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. (The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead works inside you.)
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 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. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 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. (WOW! Right! Wow) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (God knows who are HIS. He watches out for them.)
I am going to jump down because this section is long and full of amazing gems. But I want you to see the parenthetical before I run out of space. Please go to the link I provided above and read through the whole chapter.
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. 27. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. 28. And we know that all (Is this all without distinction or all with excetion?) things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 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.
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. What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 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? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 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. (Here it comes)
36. As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, (No way!) in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 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.
That is the last verse in Romans 8 now lets take the jump over the parenthetical section and read the very next thought Paul had, because this verse leaves us hanging. Start again in Romans 12:1
Romans 12:1; I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Renew it with what? All of chapter 8 would do! Right! Ha! I’m so excited!)
Wow! What an amazing section of verses! There are so many views…so many insights! And Romans 10:9-10 is the verses that get people born again. Does God know how to motivate us or what? I feel stronger just reading through that.
God Bless You Today!