November 17, 2018
This week we continue our series of 3 studies from the book of Romans, chapters 1-8 based on John’s messages. They are titled as follows:
Study 1. Justification. Rom. 1-5. ‘In Christ’ we are saved from the penalty of sin.
Study 2. Sanctification. Rom. 6-7 ‘Christ in us’ we are saved from the power of sin.
Study 3. Glorification. Rom. 8. We will be saved from the presence of sin.
Our salvation will then be complete.
Study 3. Glorification.
Read Romans 8:1-39 for an overview of this chapter.
Let’s be specific about some of the main points in this chapter.
1. The role of the Holy Spirit.
Identify and discuss what the following verses from Romans chpt. 8 say about the role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation.
Romans 8:5-6, 9.
2. Our Blessings ‘In/Through Christ’.
Read Romans 5:12-19, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49. Compare the two ‘Adam’s.
What resulted naturally for all people from the actions of first Adam?
Adam was the counterpart of Christ. Just as Adam was a representation of created humanity, so Christ is the representation of a new spiritual humanity.#
What is the result of the actions of the last Adam (Christ) for all who put their faith in Him? See also Romans 8:1, 3-4, 10-11, 15, 17. Compared the similarities of Paul’s teachings of all that believers receive because they are united with Christ in Eph.1:3-14 with Romans chpt. 8.
3. Future Glorification.
What a wonderful future Christians have to look forward to.
Discuss what Paul meant when he said ‘…together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.’ Romans 8:17.
Read Romans 8:18-25. What are the ‘full rights’ of God’s adopted children?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:42-56, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1 John 3:2.
We all face limitations. Some may have physical, mental or emotional disabilities. Some may be blind, but they can see a new way to live. Some may be deaf but they can hear God’s Good News. Some may be lame but they can walk in God’s love. In addition they have the encouragement that those disabilities are only temporary. Paul tells us that we will all receive new bodies when Christ returns and that these bodies will be without disabilities, never to die or become sick. This can give us hope in our suffering.
Christians alive on that day will not have to die but will be transformed immediately. A trumpet blast will enter in a new heaven and earth. The Jews would understand the significance of this because trumpets were always blown to signal the start of great festivals and other extraordinary events. (Numbers 10:10) #
4. Promises to Live by Now.
Re-read Romans 8:35-39. Share with each other in your group which of these means the most to you.
Why do you think Paul after seemingly discounting everything he could think of that had the potential to separate us from God’s love still mentions “indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord?” Romans 8:39.
Christ is everything to us:
• Our Justification.
• Our Sanctification.
• Our Glorification.
# taken from ‘Life Application Study Bible.’