I return to the marvelous book of Romans this Sunday (09-15-19). I can hardly wait! Many consider Romans 8 the greatest chapter in all the Bible. I agree!
One person wrote: “If I were on a desert island and I could only have one book it would be the Bible, and if I could only have one book in the Bible it would be the book of Romans, and if I could only have one chapter in the book of Romans, it would be chapter 8.” John MacArthur stated, “I really don’t believe that a person can be the same after they have internalized and meditated on these truths.”
Here are eight reasons why Romans 8 is considered the greatest chapter in the Bible.
1) It is Trinitarian. It presents all three persons of the trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and also presents their different roles in the trinity.
2) It is gospel-centered, teaching about Jesus’ death and resurrection (34) and that Jesus died for our sins (3).
3) It presents in detail the three major doctrines of the Christian life: justification (1-4), sanctification (5-17), and glorification (18-30)
4) It presents the full order of salvation: “For those God foreknew he also predestined … and those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)
5) It presents a number of other key doctrines including: the incarnation of Christ (3); our adoption as sons (14-16); our future inheritance in heaven (17); the resurrection of the body (11, 23); and the work of the Holy Spirit for the believer (26-27, 34).
6) It presents the full sweep of salvation history including: creation (19); fall (20, 22); redemption (24-25); and consummation (21, 23).
7) It contains some of the best known and most loved verses in the Bible concerning God’s great love for us in Jesus Christ: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
8) It is the bedrock for the security of the believer (Romans 8:1 -39).
God has packed so many wonderful truths into this one chapter, it is truly amazing. I look forward to bringing you God’s message from the first two verses of Romans 8 this Sunday!