Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Romans 8:1-2, 9-11 NLT

[1] So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

[2] And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

[9] But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)

[10] And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.

[11] The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Reflection . . .

These verses from Romans are powerful for us to know and understand. We are no longer condemned, no longer on the path to ruin and destruction because we believe in Jesus. We belong to Jesus!

Verse 10 is essential for us to understand as believers in Jesus. The Spirit of God gives us life because we have been made right with God through Jesus Christ. It is the work of Christ that makes us right before God and faith in Jesus Christ is the response that opens the door to receiving God’s mercy and grace — life everlasting!

God’s Spirit lives in us and helps us to live according to God’s purposes.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

With this work of the Holy Spirit within us, God’s desire is to change us more into the likeness of Christ Jesus.