We are continuing in Rome today! Please read Romans 8:18-39, chapters 9 and 10. What are you thinking about today?
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Romans 8:15-17 NKJV
The spirit of adoption, must have been an especially precious concept for people who wanted to belong as a child or family member, rather than a slave.
I love 8:18-21 in the Phillips translation (google it!). Reminds me back to Matthew 11:28-29 again – when we have hardship here, we can turn on eyes to Him and realize that these current trials are not to be compared with what the Lord has in our future.
8:37 – In Jesus, are more than conquerors ❤️ What a comfort in this troubled world.
9:14-33 – this connection to Israel is familiar to us after we spent all this time in the Old Testament!
10 – as we know that all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved, we must do our utmost to proclaim His name to all!