Romans 8

It is impossible to condense Romans 8 into a 300ish word devotional and appropriately unpack the breadth and depth contained in what might be one of the most powerful chapters in all of Scripture. As one of my favorite authors put it, “If you know this chapter you know the heart of the Bible. If you know this chapter you know the gospel.”

Derek Thomas writes this about Romans 8 in his book How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home:

“No chapter of Scripture reaches the same sustained levels or covers the same ground as Romans 8. It is a description of the Christian life from death to life, from justification to glorification, from trial and suffering to the peace and tranquility of the new heaven and new earth. It contains exhortations to persevere as well as reassurances of God’s preservation of His people. And no chapter has been cited more than this one in expounding the application of redemption in the life of an individual . . . In short, Romans 8 gives us a picture of salvation in its completeness.”

I guess all this is my way of saying that you don’t need to read my words about Romans 8. You need to read Romans 8. Read it slowly. Read it carefully. Read it prayerfully. Read it over and over and over again until the truths of Romans 8 captivate your mind, penetrate your heart, comfort your soul, and evoke praise and thanksgiving to the one who frees us from all condemnation, who adopts us as his children, who sustains us in our suffering, who helps us in our weakness, who intercedes for us in our inability, who works all things together for our good, who gives us all things, and who holds us firmly in his inseparable love.

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