Romans 8 is a great bible text that talks about the new life God calls Jesus-Followers to enjoy. Reading this text, I see many features but three stick out to me:
1. Free - So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2
We want to be free so badly yet we can look almost everywhere BUT the life-giving Spirit (The Holy Spirit) to give us freedom. True Freedom is freedom from sin and in Christ. True Freedom leads to life. You want this. You need this. You can have this in the Spiritual Life of an obedient Christ-Follower.
2. Peace - Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
The clever slogan goes like this: No Jesus, No Peace - Know Jesus, Know Peace. Clever or not, it is true. A Life in The Spirit is a live that gives a person peace. Peace in mind and peace in spirit. The opposite of peace is war. You and I live in a war daily as the sinful nature tries to dominate our heart and mind. If we allow control to The Holy Spirit we can find God's peace that will pass all human understanding.
3. Family - And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:10-17
Belonging to God is a fabulous thing. Belonging to God as His Child is even moreso. This Spiritual Life is a life as an heir of God and His Glory. The benefits of being the child of God are not experienced if we are not living daily in The Spirit - allowing Christ who lives within you, to rule and reign in your actions and interactions. That is what family does. That is where the power of God's Spirit shows itself. That is where the power of The Body of Christ comes from...
Freedom, Peace and Family. All things that the human heart yearns for and desperately needs...all offered in The Spiritual Life gained through Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Do you want it?