The walk through Romans 6-8 is more like a roller coaster ride. There is the power of salvation, being set free from the bondage of sin, in Chapter 6. Then, there is the confusion we have in our own lives when we struggle with what we know TO do while we fall into the temptation of doing the exact opposite.
15 I don’t know what I’m doing, because I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do the thing that I hate. 16 But if I’m doing the thing that I don’t want to do, I’m agreeing that the Law is right. 17 But now I’m not the one doing it anymore. Instead, it’s sin that lives in me. (Rom. 7:15-17, CEB)
It is the great struggle most of us, if not all of us, walk through. We just can’t seem to get any traction!
The power of the Spirit brings clarity. It doesn’t mean things are easy. Yet, with the Spirit, we are truly given power to overcome.
We need a new realization of the power of the Spirit. Romans 8 offers us a view that is powerful. When the Spirit is TRULY at work in us, we come to a realization of the God’s radical love for us. We realize nothing separates from that love. We realize all is ours. We are in need of that reality in the Church today. We abide in power. We are offered clarity instead of confusion.