“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Our Ladies Bible Study class is studying Romans. Last night’s lesson had us in the second half of Romans 8. This section of Scripture is so full of great, rich truths – it was a very encouraging and uplifting time with the Lord. I wanted to share some of these wonderful verses with you for my Thankful Thursday, because they are all truths that I am so very thankful for –
Romans 8: 16-17 “The Spririt Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”
Romans 8: 22-23 “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8: 26-27 “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8: 29-30 “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”
Romans 8: 31-32 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
Romans 8: 33-34 “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
Romans 8: 35-37 “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”
Romans 8: 38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Whew! That was almost the entire passage! But as I kept going, there was not much that could be left out. There is enough meat in these verses to meditate on for a long while. I am so thankful that God has given us His Word to show us these things and I am thankful that He is such a great and glorious God who loves us so very, very much that He has provided our way of salvation and reconciliation with Himself through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. And I am thankful for the future hope of glory, that will be so far above the trials of life in this world. And I am thankful that He has not left us alone to walk through those temporal trials, but has given us the Holy Spirit to walk with us and to help us through the hard times, to hold our hearts and our hands and to lead us onward towards the likeness of Christ and our true home in heaven.
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