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Friday, March 27 2009
Romans chapter 8 is a chapter of hope.  It starts with...

1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. [John 3:18.]

And ends with....

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 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.

Although, Paul writes extensively in Romans about the traps of sin, he always gives those reading his letters (now scripture) hope.  The hope of Jesus Christ is what can drag a drug user from his needle, an alcoholic from his bottle and the lonely from their depression.  It is truly the "cure all" for the world.  It is the "light at the end of the tunnel" for all those that wallow in the "miry clay" of the sinful nature of man.  When we have Jesus in our lives through the Holy Spirit we are set free from sin.  Paul wrote in Romans 8:15....

God's Spirit doesn't make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we become his children and call him our Father. (CEV)

That same scripture in the King James Version is...

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.

Although, there is some dispute about an exact translation, the word "Abba" can be loosely translated as "daddy".  Daddy is an affectionate term and it is exciting to think that God adopts us into His family.  When we are living our life for Jesus, we are part of the family of God.  When we are part of the family of God, we can stand by what Paul wrote in Romans 8:31...

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 07:58 am   |  Permalink   |  Email