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The Soul's Highest Aspiration (10 of 20)
Series: The Riches of Romans
Dr. Stan Coffey
Tonight if you have your Bible, let's turn once again to the book of Romans Chapter 9. This morning we read from Romans 8 and preached a little bit from Romans 8 but tonight I want to speak on the Soul's Highest Aspiration.
Romans Chapter 9 beginning in verse 1, the words of the apostle Paul, "I SAY THE TRUTH IN CHRIST, I LIE NOT, MY CONSCIENCE ALSO BEARING ME WITNESS IN THE HOLY GHOST,
THAT I HAVE GREAT HEAVINESS AND CONTINUAL SORROW IN MY HEART.FOR I COULD WISH THAT MYSELF WERE ACCURSED FROM CHRIST FOR MY BRETHREN, MY KINSMEN ACCORDING TO THE FLESH"
And now before we take these few verses and simply break them down and try to understand what God would have to say to us from them, I want to remind you that this morning we talked about the great theme of Romans Chapter 8.
D.L. Moody said that he would rather live in Romans Chapter 8 than to have lived in the Garden of Eden because Romans Chapter 8 begins with no condemnation and it ends with no separation.
I can praise God that in Jesus Christ we as Christians are not condemned, that God has nothing to hold against us, that there is nothing at all that can ever be laid to our charge in eternity because our sins have been cleansed in the blood of Jesus Christ and we have been declared justified before God in His sight.
I think tonight it is a wonderful and comforting and tremendous truth for us to continually remind ourselves of the great promise of God that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
After painting the black picture of the sinfulness of the human race, both of those who are pagan and of those who are religious, Paul came to say in Romans 8, "But there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
He's on shouting ground when he comes to the end of Romans 8 and he talks about no separation for those in Christ Jesus; that life or death or angels or principalities or ...
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