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Christian Joy

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Lesson

In Romans 5–8, Paul reminds us of the many reasons why we are joyful. We are at peace with God. We are reconciled to him. We have been set free from sin. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives within us. We are adopted into God’s family, assured that we are his children. This is the joy of the righteous life.

Outline

I. Chapter 5 - Joy of our Reconciliation

A. Looks to the past - Peace with God

B. Looks to the future - ‘rejoice in hope of the glory of God’ - 5:2b

C. Christ’s sacrifice fully covers all our sin

II. Chapter 6 - Sanctification

A. We have been set free from sin.

B. Slaves of righteousness

III. Chapter 7 - Freedom

IV. Chapter 8 - Holy Spirit

A. Adopted into the family of God - 8:23b

B. The Holy Spirit assures us that we are God’s children

C. If that isn’t enough, Paul concludes that we know God is on our side