THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE. 4. John Piper Oct 27, 2013 1.4K Shares Message. and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars, for ever and ever" (12:2–3). To him belong all praise and honor and glory and thanks for ever and ever. 2. (Romans 8:14) "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. Look, for example, at 1 Corinthians 6:13–14. First, the Good News: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The Greek is even stronger, since the very first word is no. Illustrate by continuance of penalty resulting from individual transgression; as, e.g., drunkenness, dishonesty. CONTRASTS AND REASSURANCE. But on what is it conditioned? The Spirit Will Give Life to Your Mortal Bodies, John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Romans 8:1-11 is an absolutely wonderful statement of the Good News–and also the source of much misunderstanding. "But" - oh, what a "but" is this! 2. The work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s behalf … So the two most important questions I can pose for you this morning are: Are you sure God raised Jesus from the dead? Romans 8:1-11. A Spectacular and Scary Promise. Where does a man or woman who would like to be married get the strength to be content and continent for seventy years of singleness? Jesus did not promise that obedience to him would be rewarded by men in this life. John Piper May 31, 2015 2K Shares Sermon. Sermons from Romans What About Those Who Never Hear The Gospel? There are two big "ifs" here, not just one. The case is complex; the two humanities are as yet commingled; the two trains of causation are jointly at work. . He does not contradict himself. The relation is that of cause and effect, type and fulfilment, pledge and redemption. 2. Sermon Series “Toolbox of Faith” #2 Inside our Faith #2 Romans chapter 8:1-11 Prayer- Father, Have your way Lord! God promises clearly and unmistakably that if his Spirit has taken up residence in your heart, then, even though your body dies, he will raise it from the dead like he did the body of Jesus. Therefore the essence of the Christian life is not the struggle to win the reward of men but the struggle to keep believing in the resurrection of your body in glory. Romans 8:11 promises, "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to … 2. It is not enough to be persuaded that God raised Jesus from the dead. ), and like the signs and wonders he did among the churches (Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:12). 3. III. itself, through the inhabitation of the Spirit of God, a living power, which shall eventually penetrate with its vitality all man's psychical and even bodily nature (see Godet). And here's one more from Philippians 3:21, "Christ will transform the body of our lowliness to have the same form as the body of his glory by the power with which he is able to subdue all things to himself. The essence of repentance and baptism is faith. Romans 8:11. ", The Resurrection Provides Strength to Love. The answer in part is this: that, for reasons which we may or may not partially discern, in the present economy of things there is a permanence of natural causation even in spite of altered spiritual conditions. In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. God first uncloses the fingers of sin on the spirit, and at last frees the body from its fatal grasp. We are united to Him, because we have the same Spirit which Christ had; and therefore He will work like effects in you and Him. By The Rev. Romans 8:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 8:11, NIV: "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you." The Holy Ghost is the operative love of God, working from the power of the Father and grace of the Son; and whatever the Father or Son doth, you must still suppose it to be communicated to us by the Spirit. Your own resurrection and eternal life depend on it. Or does he speak out of both sides of his mouth and contradict himself? Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you." If so, the Spirit dwells in you. It includes the redemption of the body. Provision for Christian living is in the Person of the Holy Spirit. May 31, 2015. 5. First, are you sure God raised Jesus from the dead? For you did not receive the Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. Version. Look to verses 19 and 20. Does his moral character (the humility and love and submission to God) make it unlikely that he is given to easy deception or outright fabrication? 2. Tonight we return to our study of Romans chapter 8 and I would just invite you now to take your Bible. 17:2). And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' Scripture: Romans 11:33–36. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who dwells in you. 6) Yes, Paul's teaching about the resurrection fits into a total picture of things that helps make sense out of history and life, and that meets the needs that we all feel for forgiveness and hope. I thank you this morning for Stephon’s testimony. Has he adopted you into God's family and begun to give you the character of your heavenly Father? This is the sad heritage which descends to the race on account of the transgression. The resurrection of Jesus spawned a world Christian movement of stupendous proportions. not merely possessed of an attribute; but life! It provides for the reunion of body and soul. THE AGENT. And those of us who have received the living Christ as Lord know the wonderful changes in our own lives. If one member suffer, the other members suffer with it. . 15 of ch. The complex unity of man's natural relations necessitated this permanent consequence to the race. then you have the witness of the Spirit in your life. Romans 8:11 - But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. It is Spirit operating, not on spirit — as in conversion — but on the body. And one special reason for this permanence of natural causation, in addition to the economic considerations requiring the organic unity of the race, is the necessity that man, under a process of redemptive recovery from sin, should be subjected to the chastening influence which only an experience of the evil of sin's effects can supply. But instead of exploring all those texts let's spend the rest of our time simply unpacking some of the practical implications of Romans 8:11—the all-important truth that if the Spirit of God indwells you this morning, God is going to raise you from the dead at Christ's second coming and give new life to your mortal bodies. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For the joy set before us at the resurrection we endure everything for Christ. It is this principle which effectuates the ordained unity of the race, as above set forth; and the same principle involves that, not merely must each member of the race accept at birth his natural heritage, but even his own free spiritual choice and action may not, at least now, effect a change in the sequence of natural causation. God Will Transform Your Body for His Glory, Would you like to see a biblical snapshot of what God is going to make out of your body? 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead(A)is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies(B)because of[a]his Spirit who lives in you. Amen. "If Christ be in you;" "If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you." We could go to Romans 8:23 and see how the first fruits of our adoption by God is the presence of God's Spirit in our lives and the completion of our adoption is the redemption of our bodies. Because the Holy Spirit is the bond of union between us and Christ. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Yes, each one's mortality is linked on to the mortality of the race; man, by necessary natural entailment, is "born to die." More especially do ancestral actions, entailing physical consequences, affect the condition of succeeding generations. So Paul says in Galatians 3:2, "You did not receive the Spirit by works of the law, but by hearing with faith." Sermon series New Life In Christ (Romans 5-8) No Separation Romans 8:38-39 – August 8, 1993. That is, you have the Spirit of God if you look to God as your Father for security and guidance. He sanctifieth and reneweth us (Titus 3:5; John 3:6). Continue to see that our faith is internal and external and we need both to operate in our lives. How do you decide whether to believe a man's testimony or not? Cancel. He sets you free from the law of sin and of death (8:2). Scripture: Romans 8:12–18. WHY THIS INHABITATION IS THE GROUND OF A BLESSED RESURRECTION. . You can receive in this very hour the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead if you pray this prayer in your heart: "Merciful and mighty Jesus Christ, I now turn from guilt, and trust in the provision of your forgiveness; I turn from sin and trust your new path for my life; I turn from self-reliance and trust your power to help me obey; and I turn from fear and trust in your promises for my future." I. When faced with a temptation to do wrong, do you seek help from God's Spirit and rely on his power to slay the act before it happens. We die daily, and at last yield to the final triumph of the foe. The devil is more convinced of that than any of us is, but that conviction does not save Satan; nor will it secure our resurrection. Romans 8:11 Context. We could go to 1 Corinthians 15:44 and see that when our body is raised from the dead, it will be a new spiritual body—not a mere bodiless spirit, not mere flesh and blood, but a new body like Christ's body, perfectly suited for constant spiritual fullness and for life in a new heaven and new earth. Instead, Romans 8:6-11 form a small part of a larger discourse Paul is having on the dichotomy between flesh and spirit. Romans 8:11 promises, "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you." On the contrary, verse 13 says, "The Lord is for the body." God does not want you to be unsure if you have his Spirit dwelling in you. Baptism in his name is an act of obedience that signifies death to your old life and faith in Christ to help live a new life according to his will. How is this reconcilable with the new life? . But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you. Romans 8:1-11 - No condemnation You can download this sermon as a Word document here We all get things wrong in life, don’t we? "The body is for the Lord" means your body exists to glorify God. . " The Spirit will raise our mortal bodies (8:11); He enables us to kill our sin (8:13); testifies to us that we are God’s children (8:16); and, helps us to pray (8:26). Bible Language English. Your radiance is like the sun; yes, in you I see the form and grandeur of the glory of Jesus Christ who made you, redeemed you, raised you, and glorified you with his glory for ever and ever. Here Paul is refuting people who said it doesn't matter what you do with your body because the Lord is only interested in your spirit. Science teaches that the substance of the body can never be annihilated. We could go to Romans 6:5 and see how the Spirit secures our resurrection by uniting us to Christ: "If we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.". Because if you don't know whether the Spirit dwells in you, then you can't know whether God will give life to your body at the resurrection. After quoting the slogan of his opponents in v. 13, he says (at the end of the verse), "The body is not meant for immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 2) Yes, I have seen enough of Paul in his thirteen letters to convince me of his moral integrity—he is not easy prey for deception and he is not a fabricator. Alex Stevenson “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The story is one right out of the newspapers. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just" (Luke 14:12–14). 3) Yes, the more I study, the more I am convinced of the coherence and unity of his total message. He guideth and healeth us in the ways of holiness (Romans 15:14; Galatians 5:25). Oct 27, 2013. The Bible declares that the body shall be raised up at the last day. This is true of such natural consequences as may have resulted from each one's individual transgressions; it is equally true of the inherited consequences of the first transgression; it is eminently true of the unique entailment of mortality. He is author of. For this we wait, for this we work; and we do not work and wait in vain. Infidelity affirms that when you are dead that is the end of you. If you do battle with evil like this, then you can have assurance that the Holy Spirit dwells in you. There is the "if" of Jesus' resurrection. Romans 8:11 Sermon by Pastor Ron Beckham. 2. So, generally, the continuance of all the ills that flesh is heir to, on account of human sin. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." Is this story factual? It is the same Spirit, and it follows that it is even part of the same work. How does this spectacular hope of being raised to share the glory of Christ make a difference now? Oh, let us hasten to him who is the Source of the new life, the Giver of the living Spirit! 16; 2 Corinthians 2:22). This question really boils down to the credibility of witnesses. John Piper Apr 12, 1998 20 Shares Message. There are more than 35,000 free videos, sermon prep resources, kids lessons, graphics packages, music, ministry tips, and more that you can download and use in your ministry. All summer long we’ve been climbing. Does the Spirit of God lead your life? THAT THE RESURRECTION OF BELIEVERS IS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT OF CHRIST. In 5:12-21, Paul contrasted Adam and Christ. 3. Now think for a moment. He is not against the body. And as by the "sin" of the former came death, so by the "righteousness" - the justification - which is through the latter comes life. THAT BY THE RESURRECTION THE LAST LINK OF THE CHAIN OF CORRUPTION WILL BE FINALLY BROKEN. And one main secret of the persistence of death consists in this, that mankind, in all its natural relations, is one organism. A new organic unity of the race, with its own laws of natural causation, is established in Christ. Such, then, is our assurance, such is our hope. But though the present results of the indwelling of the spirit are not all we might desire, the future is sure. And do you yield when he prompts you in paths of righteousness? "Christ the Firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.". If we want a steady heart in an unsteady world, among unsteady people, during unsteady days, we need to be upheld by God. Do you look to the Word of God given by the Spirit for your guidance? Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. "The Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead shall quicken also your mortal bodies." "Afterward:" yes, when the remedial discipline shall have done its work, and from a restored world, from a renewed mankind, the curse shall be utterly removed. It establishes personal identity for ever. And that leads us to the second big "if" in Romans 8:11, "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you . He is the second Adam, the "greater Man." Does he offer any supporting evidences for his claim and do they hold up? ... 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. II. "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies.". Now at last we’re there, at the peak, the summit of the mighty mountain of God’s grace. Most people fail to become Christians not because evidence is lacking but because interest is lacking. Are there other credible corroborating witnesses or is he alone in his claim? II. In order … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:6-11" Lectionary Yr A, Romans, sermon, Sermon Illustrations, Sermons, Worship July 12, 2008. Because the great work of the Spirit is to retrench our bodily pleasures, and to bring us to resolve by all means to save the soul, whatever becometh of the body in this world, and to use the body for the service of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:13, 20; Romans 8:13; Galatians 5:16, 24; Romans 13:14). 5) Yes, there are other credible witnesses: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James, and Jesus himself when he said, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19). No Condemnation. 1. Are not these words of our Lord intended to answer this question: Where can a person find power to press on in a life of love when there are very few earthly rewards? Let's rivet our attention on Romans 8:11 and let God write it on the tablet of our hearts as the supreme personal relevance of Easter. And the great foundation of this hope is that God raised Jesus from the dead, that he reigns now as King over earth and heaven and death and hell, and that he cannot fail in his purpose to raise us up to glory. He comforts us with the sense of God's fatherly love and our eternal inheritance (ver. Just as sin and death came into the world through Adam to afflict all (5:12-14), so the free gift of grace came into the world through Christ to … And: Are you sure that the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you? Scripture: Romans 8:11. On the contrary, he said, "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. THAT THIS EMANCIPATION IS TO BE EFFECTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. 1. The liberating message of Romans 8 is that God never intended man to live the Christian life by his own efforts and in his own strength. From God, to God, Through God. If you happen to come along without one, there ought to be one in back of the pew there. Where did Jesus get the strength to endure the cross and despise the shame (Hebrews 12:2)—fleeing disciples, and the denial of Peter, and the beating and scoffing and thorns and nails? (3) They all concur in a way proper to them. Answer: "You shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just." If you pray that prayer from your heart and the sincerity of it is borne out in your life, then you can know that the Spirit of God dwells in you and the rest of this message is for you. "Because I live, ye shall live also.". The next verses in Romans 8 spell this out in detail (vv. Therefore, as above (ver. Am I open to the possible truth of what Paul is saying and ready to change my life if it's true? . Therefore he is going to raise your mortal body no matter how mangled, or deformed, or emaciated, or disease-ridden, and he is going to make it so strong, so healthy, so beautiful, that when I see it, I will say, "You are like the broad blue sky on a bright summer day. Open Network is a free library of church resources from Life.Church. It is, indeed, true that, in spite of our justification and renewal, death seems to have dominion over us in our physical relations: "the body is dead." Life and Death " But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you" (Romans 8:11) Everywhere in humanity, people worry about death. There is in the believer a Divine seed, which is destined to break forth from amidst the corruption of the grave into beauteous life. Romans 8:11(NASB) Verse Thoughts Romans carefully and systematically spells out every aspect of our great salvation - the universal sinfulness of man; our individual need of a Saviour; the terms and conditions of redemption and what it means to be justified, sanctified, resurrected and glorified. The first implication I want to mention is that God is profoundly concerned with your body. But of the triumph of life, we have the pledge in that he was raised from the dead; himself submitted to the old law, and rose by the power of the new. If you really believe that God is for you and not against you, and that he will give life to your mortal body, and that whatever good you give up in this life will be repaid one-hundred-fold in the resurrection of the just, and that you will shine like the sun in the kingdom of your Father, then you have an inexhaustible reservoir of strength to keep doing the good God has called you to do whether anyone appreciates it now or not. We are raised by the Father (text), by Christ (John 5:21), by the Spirit (text). EXEGESIS: ROMANS 8:1-11. 1. - "the spirit is life because of righteousness." 3. 2. . The work is effected by the Spirit dwelling in us. Where does a husband or wife get the emotional strength to keep on giving when there is no reciprocation? If he weren't, he would let it rot in the grave and tell you to say good riddance. In order for the resurrection of Jesus to do us any good we have to receive the Spirit of God into our heart. Condemnation has buried in it the word judgment; literally … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" I. 6. We should now seek after the only possible antidote to spiritual death, with all its glorious provisions for time and eternity. The Indwelling Spirit the Raiser of the Dead, The Judgment-Day, and How to Prepare for it, The indwelling Spirit the Raiser of the dead. "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in you." But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus... dwell in you. Christianity is the only world faith without a cultural home base or headquarters. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of [a] his Spirit who lives in you. Once Jesus was at a banquet with many eminent people. it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Take Paul, for example, as he writes the book of Romans—how do you come to a reasonable conviction that his assertions are true, specifically his assertions about the resurrection of Jesus? What does Paul mean that the body is for the Lord? dwells in you, then [God] . And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.". Your bodies with all their appetites and drives and limitations are no accident in God's plan. And there is a use of your eyes and ears and tongue and hands and feet and appetites and sex drive which dishonors God. Where did Maud Cary get the strength to press on in 54 hard years of missionary service in Morocco only to be rewarded at her funeral with two sprays, a few visitors, and no tears? Scripture: Romans 8:12–17. (Romans 8:15-16) How You Can Know You’re a Child of God. Mar 28, 2004. Today virtually every country on the face of the earth has a Christian witness in it. There is a use of your eyes and ears and tongue and hands and feet and appetites and sex drive which glorifies God. 4. Romans 8:11 Living Bible (TLB) 11 And if the Spirit of God, who raised up Jesus from the dead, lives in you, he will make your dying bodies live again after you die, by … Do his witness and teachings hang together? Because of His respect to His old dwelling-place (1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). 13–17): If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. However, the verses of this morning’s proper are probably less well-known than the soaring climax of this chapter in verses 8:31ff. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11 NIV. "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? (Romans 1:18-20) A Heart to Heart Ministry (Romans 1:8-15) The Text That Changed the World (Romans 1:16-17) To Rome With Love (Romans 1:1-7) When God Gives Up (Romans 1:24-32) What About Those Who Never Hear The Gospel? Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. Are they coherent? Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. . Does his claim yield insight that helps make sense out of our total picture of things and does it fit the true needs of man? You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. A COMPLETE SALVATION CHRIST BRINGS TO US. 5. So glorify God in your body." Verse 13: If you put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit, you will live—you attain the resurrection. - T.F.L. 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