How to come to God

We all seem to suffer from a common problem: we want to come to God on our own terms. It seems to me that every false religion falls at the same hurdle – they demand that the person coming to God has to achieve some degree of goodness to have access to God; it has to be on their terms. Even atheists

The future’s bright

We left this last time with the thought that we share in Christ’s sufferings and will also share in his glory. How does that look? It starts with three groans!

What about us?

Last time we heard about three groans as this world awaits release, but we ended chapter 8 on a high: nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus! Chapter 9 brings a notable change of tone: Paul has great sorrow and unceasing anguish! Why? Because of his people Israel.

How to live

We’ve seen how not to live in chapter 7 – attempts to live according to the law will result in failure. When we become believers we are not wired to live by the law, the old nature within us is energised and invigorated by the law. Chapter 8 tells us how to live: by the Spirit.

What about us?

Last time we heard about three groans as this world awaits release, but we ended chapter 8 on a high: nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus! Chapter 9 brings a notable change of tone: Paul has great sorrow and unceasing anguish! Why? Because of his people Israel.

New circumstances

We’ve been learning about what God does within us when we put our trust in Him. Changes take place that are far reaching: the sin nature is disconnected and we are connected to a new life force. In chapter 6, Paul was keen that we fully understood these new conditions, he was keen that we lived reckoning this new disposition to be true and he was keen that we offered our lives to God rather than to the sin nature. But things can get in the way such as attempts to live merely by a set of rules and the law.