IS Jesus Enough for You? Part 1
In order to have a good understanding of the first verse in Romans 8, it will be necessary to follow the flow of thought out of chapter seven and into chapter eight.
Back in Romans 7, seeking to be right with God under the Law, but guilty of sin - Paul found himself to be "wretched, carnal, and sold under sin." This was before he found and received deliverance in Christ; prior to his conversion. He had been attempting to live right with God, based on his own obedience to what he thought was right - but he was wrong and disobedient. That frustration is the subject of Romans chapter seven.
Now let's look at chapter 8...
The Proposals of the Sinful Man
Proverbs 1:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent. (Sinners in this context is reserved in Scripture to describe unbelievers for whom sin is continual and who endeavor to persuade even believers to sin with them)
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; (Come with us. The intimidating force of peer pressure is often the way to entice those who lack wisdom.)
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, (Sheol or the grave)
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;(swallow. The wicked devise a plot of deception in which the innocent are captured and victimized like one who is taken by death itself—as with Joseph)
The Promises of God
God has PROMISES for those who are HIS children. Have you acknowledged Him as your PERSONAL savior? If so, then these are His promises to you!! If you haven't, we urge you to ask Him to search your heart and show you yourself through His eyes and move you to repentance today and free you of condemnation! The time is near