Leonard Ravenhill | More Than Conquerors Romans 8
More Than Conquerors _ Romans 8
Romans Chapter 8. Read verse 37: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."
This 8th chapter, as many of you know, begins a new section in this wonderful epistle to the Romans.
The 7th chapter is a chapter of gloom, the
8th chapter is a chapter of glory.
The 7th chapter is a chapter of condemnation, the
8th chapter is a chapter of emancipation.
The 7th chapter is a funeral march, the
8th chapter is a wedding march. It's the song of a "soul set free," to use the phrase of a lovely hymn.
Romans 7 is a chapter on the tomb.
Romans 8 is a chapter on triumph.
(If you want to use the phrase of John Milton,)
The 7th chapter is the chapter of paradise lost. It's a chapter of depravity.
The 8th chapter is a chapter of deliverance and delight.
Now this is a magnificent chapter. If you want to make a special bonding here,
chapter 7 is a chapter of misery and condemnation.
The 8th chapter is a liberated soul.
You can explain this by this fact:
chapter 7 is a chapter on a self-centered person.
The 8th chapter is a chapter about the Christ-centered person.
In the 7th chapter you read that first person over and over and over until you get weary of reading "I, I, I, I,..." "I want to do this but I can't...," and "I find I'm in bondage...," and so forth and so on. If you count you'll discover 41 times you find that "I," and no mention of the Holy Spirit. In the 8th chapter there is no mention of the "I" except in two verses where he says "I reckon" and "I am persuaded" (where there is no alternative). But the difference in the 8th chapter is that there is all the mention in the world about the Holy Spirit. Nineteen times the Holy Spirit is mentioned.
"Is what you are living for worth Christ dying for?" - Leonard Ravenhill