Summary: God is continually at work to perfect the Christian, but the questions is, "Is the Christian resisting?"
We continue our study of the Letter to the Christians in Rome 2000 years ago. We have noted that Romans Chapters 6-8 describe who Christians are.
Rom 6:8-14 Alive in Christ and alive with Christ!
Rom 6:15-7:6 Christians are slaves to Righteousness!
Rom 7:7-8:17 Christians have 2 natures in conflict.
Last week we noted from Rom 8:17-25 Christians are “living in Hope of Glory”!
Today, we will note from Romans 8:26-31 that God continues to work for the Christian. Of course, a Christian is one who believes that God already did a miraculous work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ saves the Believer from the eternal judgment of God, because God and Jesus did worked. Jesus died and was buried for the Believer’s sin. The Gospel of course will not be good news if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead and will soon return to bring personal glory to all Believers! Jesus Christ is the blessed hope of the Christian!
But as Christians eagerly expect and anticipate the glory of God with Jesus’ return, God continues to work for them. Please open your Bibles to Romans 8. But before reading our passage for today, let us together pray our commitment to God’s Word, the Bible.
Let us remind ourselves (show salvation chart) that Christians are saved from the eternal judgment of God because of their belief in the cross of Jesus Christ. But as Christians still living here on earth, they are being saved, being changed to be more and more like Jesus Christ.
And according to God’s Word, Christians will be completely saved, glorified, when Jesus returns to earth.
And so, here’s a question: Do Christians have any weaknesses as they live on earth waiting for the return of Jesus Christ??
If Christians are already perfect while still here on earth, why does God talk about sanctification, the changing of the Christian? While still here on earth, Christians have weaknesses! Of course Romans 8:26 affirms that Christians have weaknesses. What weaknesses can we note from our passage?
Rom 8:26b – Christians are weak in praying!
God tells Christians to pray without ceasing and most Christians will tell you that they need help with their prayer life. Do we have a loving God who understands us? God knows Christians are weak in praying so God gave them the Holy Spirit to intercede for them!
Has this ever happened to you? You get so busy with life and with many things not associated with God, then all of sudden you realize God’s presence? The Holy Spirit will intercede for the Christian in prayer.
And what else are Christians weak in? Look again at v27…
The Holy Spirit will intercede in praying but also in doing God’s will!
Romans 8:27 – Christians are weak in doing God’s will!
If you asked a Christian today, “do you know God’s will for your life right now?” - maybe half could give an answer. But if you asked the Christian, “are you doing God’s will in your life right now?” – could even half be able to answer yes?
I don’t think so!
But because God is a loving God, the Holy Spirit will help the Christian with God’s perfect will!