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16. The Spirit of Life (Romans 8:1-11)

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“The inner sanctuary within the cathedral of Christian faith.”
“The tree of life in the midst of the Garden of Eden.”
“The highest peak in a range of mountains.”

These are all descriptions that Christian leaders have offered for chapter eight of the book of Romans. The chapter begins with “no condemnation” (8:1) and ends with “no separation” (8:39). In between, we find a message of victory, hope, and life.

The key to unlocking the secrets of chapter eight rests in the frequency of the words it employs. The Holy Spirit, the giver of life, is mentioned 19 times – more than any other New Testament chapter. The same Spirit that gave Paul victory, hope, and life resides in every believer and offers the same power today.

For next time, read Romans 8:12-30.

PP. 562-565 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or equivalent in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition)

PP. 180-189 in the New American Commentary.

Related Topics: Spiritual Life

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