Treasure Chest of Romans 8

Romans 8 has rightly been called the greatest chapter in all the Bible. There is not a single imperative (command) in this chapter, but only indicatives (statements) of the glories and promises of what it means to be “in Christ.” The Apostle Paul lays out the “Good News” of the Gospel in the first half of the book with the theme introduced in 1:16-17. In chapters 1-3 Paul reveals that all of mankind, Jew and Gentile alike, are sinfully under the wrath of God. But then in chapter 3:21-26 (a dramatic hinge in the book) everything changes as Paul teaches that the wrath of God is propitiated, or appeased, through righteousness which comes not through the Mosaic Law but through faith in Christ. In chapter 4 Paul illustrates through the Patriarch Abraham that faith and not works has always been the means to righteousness. In chapter 5, Paul explains that all of humanity is in Adam and therefore sinful and in need of the blood of Jesus which alone saves us from the wrath of God. Chapters 6 & 7 explain the continuing struggle that those who are saved will experience putting sin to death practically in their lives. And then chapter 8 opens up to every true believer all of the glories and benefits of being saved and being “in Christ.” When Paul says in v. 1 “therefore,” he is linking these blessing back to his entire argument beginning in chapter 1. These treasures are only for the children of God, for those who are in Christ and have the Spirit dwelling within them.

In Christ Jesus & In the Spirit
Remarkably Paul describes believers as being “in Christ” and being “of the Spirit.” It shouldn’t surprise us that Paul mentions the work of the Spirit 20 times in the first 27 verses of Romans 8. As believers we are no longer members of the world’s realm, but we have entered into the realm of the Spirit and the Kingdom of God. There are really only two types of people in the world, those who are in Christ and those who are still separated from Christ (Rom 9:3), those who have the Spirit of Christ and those who don’t, those who are born again, and those who are not. It is only those who are in Christ and have the Spirit who will receive the treasures listed in Romans 8. This ought to cause us to worship and have grateful hearts. We must never forget that we were once separated from Him. We were united with Christ only by the grace of God and our hearts should be overflowing with joy because of all that Christ is willing to give us.

The Treasures
When you open a treasure chest, some of the treasures are certainly tucked away and not seen because of the vastness of them all, and the fact that some may be larger than others. So, like a kid at Christmas, it is best to lay all of the treasures out on the bed so that you can see them clearly (and send a picture to grandparents). It won’t be until many days later, after the dust has settled, that each treasure is looked upon with diligence to see and savor that particular gift, so as to enjoy it fully and embrace all of its implications. But for now, we want to simply lay out all of the treasures Paul lists in chapter 8 clearly so we can see them with a bird’s eye view. Here they are in all their glory:

  • No Wrath: All condemnation, hell, and wrath have been removed forever! (v. 1)
  • No More Slavery: We have been set free from being enslaved to sin. (v. 2)
  • Righteousness: God the Father provided righteousness in Christ to fulfill the requirement of the Law. (v. 4)
  • The Mind of Christ: Every believer has been given a new mind. (v. 5-8)
  • Eternal Life & Peace with God: We are promised heaven and reconciliation with God. (v. 6, 11)
  • Indwelling Spirit: Every believer is permanently indwelt by the Holy Spirit. (v. 9)
  • Power Over Sin: Every believer is able to mortify the deeds of sin. (v. 12-13)
  • Led by the Spirit: Since we are “Sons of God” we are led by the Spirit. (v. 14)
  • Adopted into God’s Family: Since we received the Spirit we are able to call God our Father! (v. 15)
  • Assurance: The Spirit’s presence bears witness with our spirit that we are truly children of God. (v. 16)
  • Heirs & Future Glory: Because we are in Christ, we will be glorified with Him and receive a grand inheritance. (v. 17-23)
  • Redemption of Our Bodies: We will be fully redeemed and given new glorified bodies. (v. 23)
  • The Holy Spirit Prays for Us: He helps us in our weakness by interceding for us. (v. 26-27)
  • Providential Love: For us who love God, all things work together for good that we might be conformed into the image of Jesus. (v. 28-29)
  • Eternal Security: Because we were foreknown, predestined, called, and justified, we will also be glorified. (v. 30)
  • God is For Us: God promises to give us all things! (v. 31-32)
  • No Charges, No Condemnation: No one can bring a charge against us. (v. 33-34)
  • Prayers of Jesus: Jesus is at the right hand praying for us. (v. 34)
  • No Separation Ever: Nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ! (v. 35-39 )
  • Conquerors: Because we are in Christ we will be victorious! (v. 37)
  • Loved: He loves us! (v. 37)

Richest in the Universe
It will take a lifetime and all eternity to understand all that God has given us in Christ Jesus. At times we may not totally understand or even grasp all of the glories of these gifts. But for now, God has told us what we should believe! God has told us what we have received! Never say that you are not rich. If you are in Christ you are among the richest people in the universe! The world may seek worldly wealth, but as believers we know that we have riches in heaven waiting for us! God has revealed all of these wonderful truths to us that they might be an encouragement to us and strengthen us in this difficult journey of life. When you get down, meditate on what God has said that He has given you and provided for you “in Christ” and “in the Spirit!”