Summary: Continuing study of the Book of Romans covering chapter 8:9-8:18
Book of Romans Study
Roman’s 8:9 - 8:18
By Rev. James May
Is anyone here a Born Again Christian, then, Say Amen! The experience of being Born Again is the greatest experience and most wonderful miracle that could ever happen to the heart of anyone. To be brought from spiritual death to spiritual and eternal life in Christ is an amazing thing. It’s something that no one can truly explain for you. You have to experience it for yourself!
Though the experience itself is not always felt the same way by everyone, the end result is always the same. At that instant, the burdens of life suddenly seem so much lighter. From that moment forth, there is a change in your heart from loving the things of the world to loving the things of God. There is a witness inside, something down deep in your heart, that speaks peace into your soul and gives joy even in the middle of the greatest sorrows. There is a sense of the presence of Christ within, and somehow you know that the Spirit of God now dwells in you, and that you are in him – YOU IN GOD, AND GOD IN YOU, FOREVER INSEPARABLE!
What a marvelous promise is fulfilled in us as we are adopted into the very family of the Creator, our Holy God and our Heavenly Father. Jesus’ paid the price that made the atonement for our sin, paying the debt that we could never pay.
Look at that word “Atonement, or Atone”! In that word is the meaning of what the atonement did for us. It has enabled us to be “at One” with Jesus, “at One” with our Father in Heaven, and “at One” with the Holy Ghost, and the knowledge and assurance of the “At One – ment” is something that we cannot explain for there is nothing can compare.
To be at peace with Almighty God and to know, that you know, that you know, that you are accepted, loved and adopted is a personal experience that every man must know for himself!
If you’re there, let me hear you say “Amen” one more time. If not, then say, “Woe is me”, for to be without Christ in your heart is definitely the worst condition that anyone could be in.
If you’re a Born Again Christian then these next few verses of Paul’s writings to the Romans in Chapter 8 are speaking to you and about you.
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. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
You who are now Christians, having experienced the New Birth in Christ, and now have the Spirit of God living in you, are no longer under the power of this corrupt body of flesh to have rule over your life. You are free from worldly, ungodly desires and the passionate hold that sin once held on your life is forever broken. The power of the blood of Jesus has forever shattered the chains of sin that had you bound!
Instead of now being earthly-minded, constantly being forced to focus on the things of this world, you are now under the direction and godly influence of the Holy Spirt that dwells in you every second of every day.
The Holy Spirit dwelling in you is always there to lead you, guide you and point you to Jesus so you can be constantly moving in the direction of becoming more like Jesus. During the course of your life in Christ, the Holy Spirit within you will be producing works (fruits), which are proper and holy. We call them the “Fruits of the Spirit” and the Bible lists them as “meekness, love, joy, peace, longsuffering (godly patience), gentleness, goodness, and on the list goes!
Because the Holy Spirit lives in you, there is an intimate connection between you and God, and that connection carries with it all of the Life of God and the Power of God that you could ever need to be an overcomer of everything in life that may come your way! In spite of anything that comes against you, Christ in you is bigger, stronger and able to deliver you and give you victory! NOW THAT SHOULD MAKE YOU SHOUT FOR JOY!
Now, just we are perfectly clear on this matter – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, and you’ve never experienced anything of what I’ve said, and you have no clue to what this means, then you can rest assured that “You don’t have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in You”, but you certainly need him, and you can have him right now, in this very instant, if you want him.