Flesh is Death; Spirit is Life
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:6
But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. – Romans 8:10
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:13
Up until now in the book of Romans, Paul makes a very clear distinction between the flesh and the spirit. He also explains that if Christ is in us, the Holy Spirit is with us as well and gives us life, even though our flesh has died. This is how we become reborn–we die to our flesh and gain a second life through the Spirit.
Hope For Future Glory
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. – Romans 8:18
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. – Romans 8:24-25
Unless we have been completely satisfied with every aspect of life from day one, we have all hoped for something. Whether it's for prestige or fame or wealth or glory, we have hoped for it because we currently do not have it but yearn for it in the future.
Hoping for the future glory of God is similar, except this hope has an unknown timeline and the hope is infinitely more powerful than what we can hope for in our limited selves.
God's Powerful Assurance
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:31-32
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure 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. – Romans 8:35, 37-39
God's love for us is so immense that He loved us first, sent His son Jesus to conquer death in the flesh to get around the rules of His holiness. And if He used every resource possible to love us (including His Son), there's no way He wouldn't spoil us in every other regard.
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. It's a guarantee. There aren't many guarantees in this world. Man-made laws are ignored and broken. Contracts that were originally agreed upon are broken, or at least if one party violates it, the contract becomes null. In other words, most worldly promises are conditional. But God's promise is a guarantee and unconditional. That's the power of Christ.
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