Saturday, September 8, 2012

Greatest Chapter in the Bible* Outlined and Annotated

(*According to James Boice)
I have mentioned in other places that one way I study the Bible is to outline a passage. Even If I'm preaching on a few verses I look at the whole context and at least outline the chapter where the verses are set. You may outline it differently, but the goal is to understand the flow of the argument, the story, the illustration, or the worship better.
Its been said that the whole Bible is a ring, the New Testament the setting, Romans the jewel, and Romans 8 the shining point on the brightest facet of the gem.
It's also been said that whatever chapter the preacher is preaching from is the Greatest Chapter in the Bible!

WHY there is NO Condemnation:
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation [C1
     for those who are in Christ Jesus[C2] .
                2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus 
                from the law of sin and death.
                     3 For God has done what the law, weakened by flesh, couldn't do.
                                By sending his own Son in the likeness 
                                     of sinful flesh and for sin,
                                he condemned sin- [C3] in the flesh
                                              4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law [C4] 
                                               might be fulfilled in us, who walk 
                                               not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
                                     5 For those who live according to the flesh 
                                          set their minds on the things of the flesh,
                                     but those who live according to the Spirit 
                                          set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
                                                6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but
                                                to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
                                     7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God,
                                                for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.
                                                 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God[C5] .

How we live with No Condemnation:
                9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit,
                      if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.                          
                     Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ 
                          does not belong to him.
                                10 But if Christ is in you,
                                                 although the body is dead because of sin,
                                                the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
                                11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead 
                                dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead
                                                will also give life to your mortal bodies                                      
                                                through his Spirit who dwells in you.
                12 So then, brothers, we are debtors[C6] ,
                                not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
                                           13 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.
                                14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
                                     15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery 
                                          to fall back into fear,
                                     but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons,
                                          by whom we cry "Abba! Father!"            
                                16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit 
                                        that we are children of God,
                                17 and if children, then heirs—
                                                heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
                                                     provided we suffer with him in order that
                                                     we may also be glorified with him.

How No Condemnation affects us Now in this world:
                18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth 
                     comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
                                19 For the creation waits with eager longing for 
                                the revealing of the sons of God.
                                20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly,
                                                but because of him who subjected it,  in hope
                                                21 that the creation itself will be set free from 
                                                     its bondage to corruption
                                                and obtain the freedom 
                                                     of the glory of the children of God.
                                                22 For we know that the whole creation 
                                                     has been groaning together
                                                     in the pains of childbirth until now.
                                23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves,
                                                who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,                                     
                                                groan inwardly as we wait eagerly
                                                      for adoption as sons,
                                                      the redemption of our bodies.
                                24 For in this hope we were saved. 
                                                Now hope that is seen is not hope.
                                                For who hopes for what he sees?
                                                25 But if we hope for what we do not see,
                                                we wait for it with patience.
                                26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
                                                For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,
                                                but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
                                                                with groaning(s) too deep for words.
                                                27 And he who searches hearts knows 
                                                      what is the mind of the Spirit,
                                                because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according 
                                                       to the will of God.

Why God called us to be with No Condemnation:
                28 And we know that for those who love God all things 
                                for those who are called according to his purpose.
                                29 For those whom he foreknew[C8] 
                                     he also predestined to be conformed 
                                     in order that he [Jesus] might be the firstborn 
                                           among many brothers.
                                30 And those whom he predestined he also called[C10] ,
                                and those whom he called he also justified,
                                and those whom he justified he also glorified[C11] .

What else does it mean to Have No Condemnation?
(More Questions!)
                31 What then shall we say to these things?
                                If God is for us, who can be against us?
                                32 He who did not spare his own Son [C12] 
                                                but gave him up for us all,
                                                how will he not also with him graciously 
                                                     give us all things?
                33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? 
                It is God who justifies.
                34 Who is to condemn? 
                     more than that, who was raised—  
                     who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
                35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
                      Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, 
                          or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
                                36 As it is written,
                                "For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
                                     we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
                37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
                through him who loved us.

What does No Condemnation Mean for our Eternity?
38 For I am sure that neither
                death nor life,
                nor angels nor rulers,
                nor things present nor things to come,
                 nor powers,
                39 nor height nor depth,
                nor anything else in all creation,
                will be able to separate us from the love of God 

 [C1]Theme of Ch 8

 [C2]Only Condition for No Condemnation

 [C3]Sin is Condemned not the sinner

 [C4]Not for salvations sake but for God’s glory

 [C5]In Christ no condemnation, in Flesh there’s no righteousness

 [C6]He was debtor to the ethne in Rom 1:14 But now Debtor to God.

 [C7]Or God works them

 [C8]Foreknew is not chronologically before Predestined. They are simply stated as both occurring.

 [C9]Higher purpose than merely predestined to be saved.

 [C10]This is where the chronology of the “Ordus Salutis” begins: the Order of Salvation.

 [C11]Notice predestined, called, justified, glorified are all past tense. As in already done.

 [C12]Anyone disappointed with God doesn’t know or has forgotten this!

 [C13]So he was condemned for us

 [C14]No condemnation Christ in V.1; No Separation in Christ in V.39.

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