Romans 8 - Expect God... Part 10

Romans 8 - Expect God... Part 10

Expect God…to Make You More Than a Conqueror!



    Romans 8:35-39    
        35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or     famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day     long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than     conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels     nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor     anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our     Lord.

Two Great Truths:
Because Jesus lives, When YOU Live in Him…

I.     Nothing will be able to separate you from the love of God!

    Romans 8:35-36
        35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or     famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day     long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

    Romans 8:38-39
        38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels     nor demons, neither the present     nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor     anything else in all creation, will be     able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our     Lord.

The Greatest of all Separators

    Hebrews 2:14-15
        14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he     might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those     who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

    2 Timothy 1:9-10
        9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because     of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10     but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed     death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

You can say:
If death can’t separate me from the love of God, nothing can!

II.    You are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you!

    Romans 8:37
        No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

“More Than Conquerors”

How can we be “more than conquerors?
Because our victories are eternal!

    1 Corinthians 15:54-58
        54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality,     then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where,     O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of     sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58     Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves     fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.


How do you “Live in Jesus”?

Romans 8 - Expect God... - Part 9

Romans 8 - Expect God... - Part 9

Expect God…to keep Christ interceding for you

A Courtroom scene
Romans 8:33-34
        33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34     Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised     to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

    2 Corinthians 5:10a
        For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ…

    Acts 17:30-31  
    In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31     For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has     given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Your own courtroom scene

    Romans 1:20
        For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—    have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

I.     First, here comes the judge!

    Isaiah 59:2
        But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you,         so that he will not hear.

II.    Then comes the prosecuting attorneys (v.33a)

        Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?

    A.     _____________________________________ accuse you

    Mark 15:3-4
        The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to     answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

    B.    _____________________________________ accuses you

    Romans 2:15 
        They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also     bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.

    C. _____________________________________ accuses you

    Revelation 12:10
        Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the     kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who     accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

III. The judge does two marvelous things:

    A.    He __________________________________ you! (vv.33b, 34a)

Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones
    To justify means more than to pardon: it means more that to forgive. It means that God makes a declaration, a judicial declaration, to the effect that He has not only forgiven us, but that He now regards us as just and righteous and holy, as if we had never sinned at all. 

    B.    He __________________________________ you! (v.34b)

    1 John 2:1-2
        My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an     advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,     and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

How can you be sure that Christ’s defense is a winning defense?

        1. Christ’s _____________________________________________

        2. Christ’s _____________________________________________

        3. Christ’s _____________________________________________

        4. Christ’s _____________________________________________


    Hebrews 4:16
        Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and     find grace to help us in our time of need.

Romans 8 - Expect God… - Part 8

Romans 8 - Expect God… - Part 8

Expect God…to be for you not against you



    Romans 8:29-32 (NIV)
        29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he     might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called;     those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Today’s Great Truth:
When you are in Christ:
God is for you – not against you!

I.    The golden chain of God’s amazing love (vv.29-30)

    A.    He __________________________________________ us (v.29a)

        “For those God FOREKNEW…”

    B.    He __________________________________________ us (v.29b)

        “…he also PREDESTINED to be conformed to the image of his Son …”

    John 15:16
        You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—    fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

    C.    He ___________________________________________ us (v.30a)

        “…those he predestined, he also CALLED…”    

    D.    He ___________________________________________ us (v.30b)

        “…those he called, he also JUSTIFIED …”

    2 Corinthians 5:21
        God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    E.     He ___________________________________________ us (v.30c)

        “…those he justified, he also GLORIFIED…”

    Colossians 3:1-4  
        Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is,     seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you     died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then     you also will appear with him in glory.
    Philippians 1:3-6
        I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with     joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this,     that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

II.    The “Golden Chain” says that it’s all a gift!

    Ephesians 2:4-9
        But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even     when     we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up     with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming     ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ     Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the     gift of     God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

III. What, Then, Shall we say in response to this? (vv.31-32)

    A.    God is _____________ us --- And That’s ___________________________! (v.31)

    Psalm 3:6
        I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
    Psalm 91:7
        A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

    B.    God gave us _____________________ -- And He will give us ______________________         else we need! (v.32)

    Philippians 4:19-20
        And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To     our God and Father be glory for ever and ever.


Romans 8 - Expect God... - Part 6

Romans 8 - Expect God... - Part 6

Expect God…to make the Holy Spirit Your Prayer Partner

Matthew 5:38-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Lev 19:1-2, 9-18

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.

“‘Do not steal.

“‘Do not lie.

“‘Do not deceive one another.

“‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.

“‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.

“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.

“‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.

“‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

“‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.

“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.

“‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.

“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Romans 8:26-27

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Romans 8 - Expect God... - Part 7

Romans 8 - Expect God... - Part 7

Expect God…to bring Good from All Things

Matthew 17:1-9

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Exodus 24:8-18

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”

Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.