September 6, 2020
READ! SEPTEMBER 16 – NUBC Bible Study: The Spirit’s Help in Prayer to God Part 1
Next week we will move into a study of Romans 8:27-28. But here we will set the context.
Romans 8 advances with confidence on two gases given to believers. We have been justified, and despite a battle with sin, are being sanctified under grace. Our relationship with Jesus produces fruit. There is no condemnation cure to sin in either sense Romans 8:1. Provisions of the gospel cover declaration of righteousness and a dynamic for living righteousness.
Two passages in Romans 8 speak of prayer. The first is the Spirit’s intercession Romans 8:26-27. The other of Christ’s intercession Romans 8:34.
These are parts of a pattern emphasizing why believers can be confident of triumph in the gospel. The apostle develops several realities in God’s plan that show this. These prayer passages are vital in these.
Over the next few Bible studies we will highlight how prayer occurs as the context develops.
There are several steps worth noting We will consider 2 of these steps in his study.
This is the first step…
I. God’s Power for Believers – Romans 8:1-17.
Being declared righteous as a freed gift is a blessing – Romans 5:1; 5:15-21. It assures believers of no condemnation for sin, all of our lives. The explanation in Romans 8:2 “For” shows the reason. The principle of the Spirit of Life has set believers free from the principle of sin and death. Paul goes on to contrast the difference in people.
Those not justified who are “in the flesh” only Romans 7:6; 8:8, do not have power to please God. But those “in the Spirit,” having the Spirit indwelling Romans 8:9, are no longer obligated to sin Romans 8:12. We may live according to the Spirit, who fulfills righteousness in them Romans 8:4.
We experience “life and peace” Romans 8:6. The Spirit gives us power to our bodies to be characterized by obedience, not by sin Romans 6:6, and its death quality Romans 7:24.
Here’s the 2nd step…
II. God’s Prospect for Believers – Romans 8:18-25.
Sufferings are a reality of God’s people in the present situation. But He gives us the hope that we will experience future joy Romans 8:18, 21. Paul develops the prospect he has reached in Romans 8:17.
Creation as a whole groans for and will be set free from futility that has resulted from sin in Genesis 3.
Here is a good word of encouragement for you in this midweek Bible study.
Believers have the “first fruits” of future fullness, specifically the Spirit within. As first fruits of crops in ancient Israel were presented as a token that God would give the full harvest, the Spirit is a pledge that God will give fullness of glory.
Then believers will know the full adoption privileges of being sons of God, and even the redemption of our bodies!!!
We will continue with Romans 8:26-27 in our next study.
Remember one another in prayer. Pray for lost family and friends. Pray for our church fellowship.
Thank you so much for taking the time to invest in this study.