I Got The Spirit, How About You?


There is a very popular cheer for some schools. It’s called We’ve got spirit, how bout you? You see schools challenge each grade level or teams challenge each team across the gym. It creates a lively environment for the fans and players. Today’s text creates a lively environment for me and causes me to say I Got The Spirit, How About You?

As I sat reading and waiting for God to tell me what to write, I was drawn to Romans 4:25 through Romans 5:8. Pastor Benson, my pastor, regularly says when we see a therefore in scripture we need to ask what is the therefore there for. This is why verse 25 is included in today’s text. While my motivation for looking into Romans 5 was being filled with the Spirit, I was quickly taken in a different direction.

The Spirit of God is here to carry on  the work Christ began in us. Romans 4 tells us that we are cleansed of our sins and justified before God because of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It was the Almighty God that raised Christ from the dead on our behalf. God wanted to complete our deliverance unto Himself, so He gives us His Spirit to lead, guide and direct us to that end. Hear the Word of God – Romans 4:25 Romans 5:8.

25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

I can’t over simplify the deep theological truths contained in this passage, so I just want to summarize that through faith in Christ Jesus we have justification, peace, access, grace, hope, sufferings, perseverance, hope and righteousness with, in or of God.

Before I close today about the Spirit, I just can’t ignore verse 7-8. Paul juxtaposes righteous and good people against us who are sinful and worthless to show how deep the love of our triune God is for us. Matthew Henry says it like this “He died for the ungodly; not only helpless creatures, and therefore likely to perish, but guilty sinful creatures, and therefore deserving to perish; not only mean and worthless, but vile and obnoxious, unworthy of such favour with the holy God. Being ungodly, they had need of one to die for them, to satisfy for guilt, and to bring in a righteousness. Christ died for sinners. What an honored people we are to have a gracious and loving God give us His son who humbled himself for our good undeserving as we are.

When He died for you and me, the Father and He made provisions to ensure His death designed to purchase our redemption was not in vain. He, as the passage tells us, poured His love into our hearts by giving us the Holy Spirit.

I Got The Spirit, How About You? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you received justification, peace, access, grace, hope, sufferings, perseverance, hope and righteousness with, in or of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? If not, I Got The Spirit, How About You? To receive the Spirit, have faith in Jesus as God’s only provision for you to be forgiven of your sin, offenses committed against God which requires a payment of eternal proportions. When you demonstrate your faith in Christ, you will be given the Spirit of God.

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