Romans 8:1-17 “The Spirit of Life”

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Before I chose to follow God’s call on my life, go to seminary, and ultimately become a pastor, I worked in the Emergency Room of a local hospital.  If you’ve ever experienced a significant career or job change, you understand that there is a whole section of my brain that contains the now useless knowledge that I attained there.  Stocking levels for rooms, billing codes, how to order supplies, and all sorts of other things that I’ll (hopefully) never use again.
This is the sort of dichotomy that Paul has been describing between a life lived “to the flesh” and one lived “in accordance with the Spirit.”  Like the ER information, sin is still very much a part of my life, but I don’t live my daily life using, or even pursuing it; I seek to live into being a Pastor now.  And in following God, rather than this other life, I find myself growing deeper in my relationship with Him as well.

Questions to take home:

  1. How do you think the life that is “set free from the law of sin and death” looks?  Read Romans 5:1-11. What similarity to your first answer did you see? How do you see these characteristics in your own life?

  2. Paul points out that believers have within them the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.  What does he say this means for us? How do these words impact your view of the process of Sanctification (progressive spiritual development/separation from sin)?

  3. The language of Romans 8 changes in verse 12. Paul starts using the term “we” and using more intimate descriptions of our relationship with God.  What does the notion of “sonship,” being adopted as God’s children, mean? How does it deepen your understanding of God’s love and grace?