God the Father is the ultimate authority. Jesus the Son is the Head of the Church. That word church has two biblical meanings: “the individual who belongs to (has surrendered to) Jesus Christ.” The second meaning is “an assembly of such persons, whether it be two or thousands.” In other words, the word church means “people.” In the Bible, it never means buildings or hierarchies. The Holy Spirit acts by living inside each believer as teacher, guide, counselor, and comforter. He is the one out of the three that operates on the earth, and He is in contact with every human being. Jesus meets with His five-fold ministry teammates, and God the Father oversees it all and has the final decision.
The most important part of us, however, is not our soul, nor our body, but our spirit. We do not surrender our spirit when we are born again, we surrender our souls. We receive from God through the Holy Spirit in our spirits: first comes our new spirit, which is made in the image of God, and in our new spirit we receive the Holy Spirit who comes to stay forever. All communication with God is received in our spirit.
Verse 14 is a crucial verse to know and understand. We are led by the Spirit of God through our spirit. Then our spirit instructs our souls. Depending on how much of our souls we have surrendered, we physically obey or disobey.
Verse 28 is a key verse in understanding God’s ways with us. In the Orthodox Jewish Bible, it reads like this: He makes all things co-operate together to bring everything to a good end, those who love Him. These He purposefully calls to His service for His plan, His goal.
Then Paul finishes chapter eight with all the affirmations of triumphant success. We conquer! That’s who we are! We are conquerors!
- Week One: Romans 8:1–10
- Week Two: Romans 8:11–17
- Week Three: Romans 8:18–26
- Week Three: Romans 8:27–39
Each week follow this format:
- Day One: Read assigned verses to yourself three times.
- Day Two: Read the verses out loud three times.
- Day Three: Copy the verses into a notebook.
- Day Four: Write the assigned verses in your own words.
- Day Five: Taking into consideration all the verses you’ve read up to now, ask the Lord to choose one verse that He wants you to meditate on. Take that verse, meditate on it every day, and let it transform you to be more like the image of Jesus
Each day of this month, ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do for someone else. Then do it for Him.
Keep a journal of what you’ve done in obedience and record the results.