In the fight, but already victorious: Romans 8

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Today’s reading: Romans 8-10.

“If God is for me, why is life still such a struggle?”

Our Position in Christ is that of the highest standing. We are children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Our father is the king, with infinite resources at his command. Grace has removed all condemnation against us so that we stand in perfect harmony with our heavenly father.

Yet suffering still marks our Present in Christ. We suffer in Christ because of the fallen nature of the world which is “in bondage to decay.” We suffer because our bodies are still mortal even though are souls are bound for heaven. We suffer with Christ so that we may share in his glory. We suffer for Christ in order to carry the message of saving grace to those who are lost.

These sufferings are only temporary, even brief in comparison to eternity. Our Future in Christ is full of glory. We are God’s heirs, but we have not fully received our inheritance. Jesus has been preparing a place for us for 2,000 years, but we are not home yet. All creation groans as if in childbirth, laboring to bring forth “glorious freedom” for us. Jesus has freed us from the power and practice of sin, but one day soon we will be freed from the very presence of sin.

We can claim our Victory in Christ even though the battle still rages. It’s true that we have spiritual enemies in high places. We live in a world that follows the ways of darkness. But neither Satan nor the world will be able to separate us from the success that God has promised.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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. Romans 8: 37-39

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2 thoughts on “In the fight, but already victorious: Romans 8

  1. A friend once pointed out that what Paul omits from his list of factors that cannot separate us from God is…….ourselves. We have the power to choose Satan over God, just as Satan had the choice to choose hell over heaven.

    “and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:17

    And similarly:

    ” That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Philippians 3: 10

    Why, you might ask, do our crucifixes carry the image of Christ crucified, and not the sanitized version of the empty cross? This is the reason. Suffering. The value of the emptied cross can only be understood by understanding, sharing even, in the sacrifice of the body-laden cross.

    “and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10: 38

    “looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12: 2

    “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Romans 6: 5

    For this reason we can agree with the Venerable Abp. Fulton J. Sheen, “Avoiding the cross is the essence of the demonic.”

  2. Pingback: Bible Daily Devotional – In the fight, but already victorious: Romans 8 | ChristianBlessings

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